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You can go to Portugalete to inmerse yourself in the ambient of that Fiesta. It´s spectacular and drunkennes is guaranteed. They start early in the morning with the procession and continue all day in the fiesta drinking without stop in the taberns of old part of the town.
Really it´s spectacular. People from Portugalete takes free day to live the 'La Guía' (the guide) and most of them the next day too. It´s a very beast party, cause of alcohol! Really, very funny experience.
To arrive to Portugalete you can take Metro´s line 2 or Cercanías RENFE. You can also take Metro´s Line 1 to Areeta and cross the Estuary.
I´m going to tell you about this 'jokoak' (games) they are closely attached to the 'baserris' (hamlets). A baserri is a house in the mountain, not near the center of small towns, where people has all he need to survive. There are many games: aizkora (axe), trontza (cutting wood with a saw) sega (scythe), ingude (anvil), giza-abereen probak harriekin (stone drag by men or animals), barrenadores (borerers), zaku lasterketa (career with a sack full in the back), txingak (weights), orga (lift a cart), lazto altxatzea (lift of bale), harri jaso (lift rock), lokotx biltzea (pick up cob), soka-tira (pull rope), artzai txakurrak (pastore dogs) and the king of them estropadak (rowing). Basques have the fame of being a little beasts, aren´t we?
It´s played in 'frontones', a rectangular areas of 10 to 11 m in width and a length of 30, 36 or 54 meters; one of the long sides is always unlocked; the other three sides are closed with walls 10 m high. The long side wall is called "pared de izquierdas". To the right of this is the main wall against which it is mandatory that the ball and boat called 'frontis', which is a horizontal line or "fault" (usually metal to ring failure) to 1 m tall. The other short wall is called 'rebote'.
FRONTÓN BIZKAIA, BILBAO
There´s another kind of 'frontón' called 'trinquete', it has a 28.50 meters lenght, and in that along the left wall, the front wall to rebound, a roof extending inclined plane (called Share or Xare) is perfectly valid for the game. Under the hood lies a network or grid of metal or wood. The gable is joined to the right wall by placing a vertical plane inclined. In Argentina it is called "tambor" or "tambur" (in Uruguay "tambul") and is also valid for the game.
The tradition of pelota isn´t only of Euskadi and Navarra, in Castilla a lot off towns have open 'frontones' at parks. The player of pelota is called 'pelotari'. -ari means 'person who do'.
FRONTÓN IN ARTAJONA, NAVARRA
It can be played by hand or with 'herramientas' (tools). To see and view the main modalities click on 'read more'.
I recomend you to bring: food, water, something sweet or nuts, 2 t-shirts (because of the perspiration and the posibility of get cold), sweetshirt, a towel, some kleenex, band aids, sunglasses and a bonet/visor.
Tomorrow, if you have to buy something, I´ll need to buy bread for the lunch, we have a supermarket in the way.