Top attractions 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?
Modern and contemporary art lovers will be thrilled with all the specialized works inside this architectural wonder along the Nervion River.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Northern coastal Spain can get pretty rainy. Bring an umbrella and some waterproof shoes.
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.
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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- Late spring or early fall are the best times to go, when the temperatures are still warm but the crowds are dying down.
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What people are saying about Bilbao
Wir waren 4 junge Damen, die eine dganz tolle Führung durch den Norden erlebendurften. Die Abholung im Hotel (bzw. 2 Minuten entfernt), war super. Wir hatten einen kleinen Bus für uns alleine. Erstes Ziel war das Museum, welches sehr schön gemacht mit beeindruckenden Ausstellungen und toll hergerichteter Anlage war. Definitiv eine Reise wert. Die Apfelwein Herrstellung war auch interessant zu sehen, auch wenn die Reiseleiterin von Ort schwer im englischen zu verstehen war. Auch wenn wir nur zu viert waren, gestaltete es sich recht schwer, einen Sitzplatz zum Mittagessen vor Ort zu ergattern. Man war mitten im eben der Spanier angekommen. Der relativ kurze Aufenthalt in San Sebastian war wunderschön. Hier hätten wir sehr viel lieber die Mittagspause eingelegt, um die Möglichkeit des Pintxos Essens ausnutzen zu können. Alles in Allem war es eine gute Mischung aus Kultur, Shoppen und Lebensart im Baskenland. Ich würde die Tour jeder Zeit wieder machen!!
Had the best experience ever. I’ve been at a lot of the stadiums since I’m a big Chelsea supporter, but only Athletic history made me book a tour even without the game itself. It was absolutely amazing and I can’t thank both of our tour guides enough. They were incredible & it was really interesting talking to someone who’s travelling away as well & knows their club 100%. Unfortunately I didn’t ask their name but the tour was on 26.01.20 and I would recommend this to everyone. My friend she’s not a football fan, but she enjoyed it a lot!
Stephan was an absolutely fantastic guide - very nice man, very funny and very knowledgeable about history and the Basque culture. This was one of the best trips of stay in the Basque country and we have learnt so much from him. We are also thankful to Stephan for his recommendations for places to eat for the best Pintxo's and the fantastic Txakoli wine! You were right! Eskerrik asko Stephan - you're the best! From Stephanie and the Egyptian Maori
Trip was great. Loved it. Was exactly what we were looking for. Great for GOT fans. Get your guide has the wrong pickup location. They also have a large markup on the tour. I should have done some more research to book direct but that’s not always easy. All in all, I’d still book with these guides.
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.