Llodio-Laudio offers visitors many leisure opportunities with its combination of an urban and rural environment of the Ayala Valley and its mountainous surroundings.
The urban nucleus of Llodio, defined by the Nervión River, is centered around the Herriko Plaza, closed off by all its sides except for one. At one end stands the Church of San Pedro de Lamuza, from the middle of the 17th century. The slender baroque tower is highlighted. Forming part of the square and perfectly integrated in its structure is the City Hall, although on this side there are no arcades that characterize it.
The Basque Museum of Gastronomy is located in the Casona Zubiko Etxea. This institution explains in an effective and entertaining way, questions about the trajectory of the main dishes, the utensils and appliances used for cooking, the community demonstrations of cooking, and meetings among the gastronomic societies, such as the Pintxos phenomenon, among others.
Within the city limits, visitors can relax in the Lamuza Park, which previously were the gardens of the Marqués de Urquijo estate. They are a pleasant natural extension where the Aldaia stream runs through, that houses a great variety of vegetal species. The ensemble is completed with the old Palace of the Urquijo (now House of Culture) and other architectural elements and landscaping, such as the Casino, a pond and a ashlar stone construction.
Beyond the park, on the left bank of the Lamuza River, lies, in the district of Ugarte, a Gothic medieval tower house erected in the 15th century. It has the exceptionality of being the only one left standing of the ten that should have been in the locality in the Middle Ages. The structure of the tower, with a ground floor and three additional stories, is attached to a second building known as the “Palace”.
A little farther away, in the district of Santa Lucía, the Gothic Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Wilderness (15th century) stands out, a single-nave building in which a beautiful plateresque style altarpiece and a Romanesque size of the Virgin stand out, dating back to the 13th century.
Among the local houses, the Palacio Katuxa (second half of the 18th century), a large noble residence erected in Ashlar Stone on top of where a tower house was destroyed by a fire, is particularly striking. The palace, built by Pedro Antonio de Ugarte, has an ashlar facade of harmonious composition, with the ground floor preceded by a large portico. Another notable example is the Anuntzibai Palace, commissioned by the Marquis of Falces in the 18th century. Beside it is the bridge with the same name, which connected the house-tower, the foundry, and the mill with the Hermitage of San Miguel, located on the left bank of the Nervión and also part of the ensemble. The bridge is guarded by two stone lions at one end, and at the other end is a cover topped with a beautiful tympana ordeal.
The Roman past is another one of the things that must be seen in Llodio, such as the remains of the Bridge of Vitórica on the Nervión River, where only an arc is preserved. The structure underwent transformations in the Middle Ages and was practically eliminated as a result of the terrible floods that occurred in 1983.