This beautiful eighteenth century building, once owned by the Emperors of France, is surrounded by city walls and turrets from medieval times. Surrounded by nature in the exquisite setting of the Urdaibai estuary, it is within walking distance of the wonderful beaches of Laida and Laga, and just a few kilometres from iconic cities such as Bilbao and San Sebastian. The Castillo de Arteaga has 13 rooms, and each one is different. Guests can enjoy original interiors, with wood and stone panelling, and a varied menu based on fresh regional produce, with fish and meat taking centre stage.
Castillo de Arteaga takes part in a Basque program called Lehen Aukera that teaches job skills to young people under 30.
The Lehen Aukera program, financed by the Basque employment agency (Lanbide) and the European Union, works to find jobs for young adults aged 16-30 who are unemployed and not enrolled in schooling or a vocational training program. Eligibility for the subsidies is dependent on being hired with an apprenticeship or permanent employment contract in jobs related to their field of study. By recruiting young people as apprentices through this government program, Castillo de Arteaga is improving their employability and their chances of finding steady work.