On 21 December Bilbao hosts a new edition of Santo Tomás Eguna, a great opportunity to get to know the animals and products of the baserri, taste a talo with chorizo or take part in some of the children’s activities promoted by the event organisers.
The Santo Tomás Fair is a traditional celebration that takes place in different towns in the Basque Country. It is a popular festival that revolves around a rural market where typical products are sold and a wide variety of cultural activities take place.
Plans with children
Located in El Arenal, it will have 215 stalls selling fresh produce: meat, preserves, fruit, vegetables, milk, honey, bread, cakes, plants, etc.
The animals on display on this day are usually domestic animals such as chickens or pigs, without forgetting cows, oxen, sheep or goats, among others.
The bertsolaris (poets who improvise verses in Basque), trikitilaris (accordionists), txalapartaris (percussionists) and other traditional sounds provide the soundtrack to this festival with lively performances in the streets.
Throughout the day, Bilbao offers a multitude of games and activities aimed at the youngest children: craft workshops, games to learn about life on the farm, caring for the vegetable garden and animals, etc.
The typical dish of this festival is talo (corn cake) with chorizo, although you can also find it filled with chistorra sausage, cheese, pork loin or blood sausage.
The origin of this fair dates back to the 19th century, when the baserritarras used to go down to the city to pay the rent for their land and take the opportunity to sell their products to the locals for Christmas dinner.
How to get there
To get to Plaza Nueva and El Arenal, which are located in the historic centre of the capital, there are several public transport options. You will find train and metro stops nearby (Abando and Casco Viejo), tram stops (Arriaga) and bus stops (both the city bus, Bilbobus, and Bizkaibus). On this day, we advise against the use of the car as the streets are full of people and it is very difficult to find a parking space.
- Place: El Arenal. Bilbao
- Date: Thursday, 21 December 2023
- Time: from 9.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.