Barrio de Miribilla

Miribilla Auzoa

Miribilla neighborhood

[ 1998 ]

Miribilla is a residential urban area built on the old mining district of Mount Miribilla, where the mines of Malaespera, Abandonada and San Luis were active, some of them until the 1970s. Their period of maximum exploitation was the final third of the XIX century, when they attracted a large number of workers from different regions who settled in Bilbao La Vieja at the foot of the hill. 

Following the Bilbao City Council’s approval of the General Urban Development Plan in 1995, which established new residential sites on new lands, the project for an expansion of the city in this area of 440,000 m2 was drawn up in 1998. Development of the area started in 1999 and the construction of housing began in 2000. The urban fabric was laid out around the Jardines de Gernika Avenue and consisted of 3,000 apartments (two-thirds of which were social housing) and 50,000 m2 of open spaces, 30,000 of them occupied by a central park on the hillside. A commuter train station was built together with a series of services for the population of Miribilla and the rest of city: the building of the Fire Brigade and the Municipal Police (which was moved from Garellano); the Bizkaia Fronton; the Church of Santa María Josefa; Bilbao Arena; and Miribilla School.


Francisco J. García de la Torre y Bernardo I. García de la Torre