Top attractions in Bilbao
Top 7 things to do in Bilbao
Bilbao has all the best parts of urban culture and nightlife, while maintaining a small mountain town feel. What to do in Bilbao isn’t the question—what can’t you do here?
1. Guggenheim Bilbao
Modern and contemporary art lovers will be thrilled with all the specialized works inside this architectural wonder along the Nervion River.
2. Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
The Fine Arts Museum has stood since 1908. Its gigantic collection of more than 6,000 objects from the 12th century to the present day should not be overshadowed by the Guggenheim.
3. Plaza Nueva
This giant Neoclassical square is surrounded by gift shops, restaurants, Sunday flea markets and folk festivals—the perfect place to take in the local culture.
Walking across this curved steel suspension bridge is a must during your visit. Zubizuri means “white bridge” in Basque, the indigenous language to the region.
5. The Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall
Check the schedule of this monumental expo center—there’s an auditorium for opera, a theater, four conference rooms, eight meeting rooms, a press room, a gallery, and a restaurant.
6. Doña Casilda Iturrizar park
This century-old park is the green lung of Bilbao. Pack a lunch or a book and relax by the duck pond in this picturesque English-style park.
7. Teatro Arriaga
This stunning neo-Baroque opera house shows modern and classical works. Seeing a performance in the golden dome of Arriaga’s hall is an absolute treat.
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Planning Your Visit
Bilbao Climate: Pack for Rain
Northern coastal Spain can get pretty rainy. Bring an umbrella and some waterproof shoes.
Pintxos Are Not Tapas
The regional pub snack, the pintxo, is called such for its ‘spike’ or toothpick through them, and they’re a staple of Basque culture. Unlike tapas, they’re typically served earlier in the evening, so don’t be surprised when Bilbao restaurants stop serving around 9:00PM or 10:00PM.
Take Advantage of the Bilbao Metro
For a city of its size, Bilbao, Spain, is amazingly well connected. Public transportation is clean, safe and can take you just about anywhere in the city and surrounding countryside—even the beach.
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- Best time to visit
- Late spring or early fall are the best times to go, when the temperatures are still warm but the crowds are dying down.
Sightseeing in Bilbao
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What people are saying about Bilbao
Javier explained the architectural history of the building and provided insights about all of the permanent exhibitions. The tour was both inside and outdoors. We learned so much about the Guggenheim. I highly recommend this tour.
Maria did a wonderful job showing the locations and providing insights from her experience. The three sights we visited were fantastic and all very beautiful. I fully enjoyed it!
It was a great experience, learned a lot about the culture , history, and language of north Spain. The views were gorgeous. Would highly recommend. The guide was brilliant.
Must do activity! Perfect opportunity to take photos and videos of the Guggenheim. Very comfortable, friendly staff, and great onboard music.
Very nice to know a lot of the city history. Should do it as first to explore the city centre and activities. Tour guide was great!!