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Ribera Market: Our most recommended tours and activities

Bilbao: Pinchos and Wine Tasting Tour with Local Guide

1. Bilbao: Pinchos and Wine Tasting Tour with Local Guide

Our pintxo discovery experience begins at Ribera Market, the largest covered food market in Europe and where Michelin star bosses and ordinary citizens stock up on some of the best food the city has to offer. We want you to understand the importance of food in how we relate to each other and the special little tricks to doing it like a local. Then it's time to dive into the old town and its hidden secrets, so our first stop would be one of the classic bars where the "txikiteros", the local wine drinkers, sing songs as they drink. If we are lucky, we have the option to share with them a wine and a classic aperitif discussing the traditions and symbols of the Basque Country. Next, we will go to the emblematic Plaza Nueva, to taste 2 pintxos and learn about the local Basque wine: Txakoli in one of its local bars. Once we have visited the old town, we will cross the river to enter the Ensanche, the economic center of the city. We will visit a very historic bar and we will have the opportunity to taste Rioja wines, as well as pintxos that mix the most advanced cuisine with the most traditional flavors of local products. Your tour ends here, where you will not only be filled with delicious pintxos, but also gain a new insight into the local culture and traditions. And most importantly, you will feel like an authentic Bilbao.

Bilbao: Classic & Modern Guided Walking Tour with Pintxos

2. Bilbao: Classic & Modern Guided Walking Tour with Pintxos

In a 3-hour guided tour, discover medieval Bilbao’s charming streets and squares along with the intense commercial and port activity that made this city into what it is today. Start by meeting your guide and delving into the city’s ancient past: see the city’s outer walls, the Gothic Cathedral of Santiago, the Plaza Nueva, and the emblematic Church of San Antón, totaling more than 500 years of history that seems to transcend time.   Then, continue your tour to the well-known Ensanche, a key sign of the progress of this city. See the urban development of Bilbao and its architectural wonders from the 19th through to the 21st century. It will be here that you’ll witness the pulsating heart of a city that exudes both tradition and avant-garde style.   Your visit ends with the opportunity to sample one of the most iconic Bilbao foods: pintxos. These are small snacks skewered with a toothpick, usually eaten socially in bars, which makes them the perfect way to end this small group tour with your new friends.

From San Sebastián: Bilbao and Gaztelugatxe Tour

3. From San Sebastián: Bilbao and Gaztelugatxe Tour

From San Sebastian, leave for Bilbao where we will enjoy a guided tour of its historic quarter and some of the most important places of the Basque city. The Arriaga Theatre, the Arenal district, the Church of San Anton or the Ribera Market are some of the must-see sights in Bilbao. Here we will have time to eat. For lunch, we will have the information of our guide, who will not only tell us about the best places to eat in Bilbao, but also about all the options and prices that can be found in the city. Our last stop of the day is also one of the most special places in the Basque Country, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, an islet that can only be accessed by a pedestrian path. Make a panoramic tour of the area and learn the area’s dreamlike cliffs, a feature of the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones.

Bilbao: Old Town Walking Tour and Cable Car Ride

4. Bilbao: Old Town Walking Tour and Cable Car Ride

Discover the best of Bilbao on this small-group walking tour. Meet your guide in Plaza del Funicular, where you will board this famous means of transport to reach the Mount Artxanda viewpoint. From here, admire panoramic views of the city, overlooking the estuary, the Guggenheim Museum, the New San Mamés Stadium, the Iberdrola Tower and other iconic sights. After learning some more curiosities and historical data about the buildings and monuments that you will observe from the viewpoint, take the funicular back to the city and start a tour of one of the banks of the estuary to the Town Hall, where you will enter the Old Town. Enjoy a stroll through the oldest area of the city to reach Plaza Nueva, where you can admire emblematic churches and discover the famous 7 streets. Finish at the renowned Mercado de la Ribera and sample some traditional Basque delicacies.

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What people are saying about Ribera Market

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 39 reviews

I met Javier at the assigned location in Bilbao… and soon discovered that I was the only person to sign up for the tour; thus, he became my personal guide. I found him quite knowledgeable and and very accommodating to my needs. It’s evident that Javier loves the city he serves and went out of his way to pass that along to me! I appreciate that immensely.

My friend and I booked this tour last minute and were SO happy we did. Roberto personalized the tour to my dietary needs, which I was grateful for. Not only did we learn about Bilbao, eat and drink, but we also got to walk through the streets and get all the local tips. Roberto was kind and patient with our questions! Highly recommend.

Our guide Oscar was absolutely amazing! He took us to some traditional & more modern bars where we tried beautiful wine & pinchos. Oscars knowledge of Bilbao was incredible & he shared so much information with us about the history of beautiful Bilbao. Highly recommend this tour, only wish it was for longer.

Roberto was fantastic :) He took us to places we would not have picked ourselves and they were awesome. Great food, good vine and marianito and the best guide. Highly recommended

Oscar was a fantastic guide. Great conversationalist and his enthusiasm was infectious! Highly recommend his tour!