Between Modernity and Tradition in the Basque Country
Modern buildings, renowned architects, artful hospitality – Bilbao impresses with all its facets. One of the most popular sights in this delightful metropolis is the Guggenheim Museum. It is a place for those who love architecture, while also being a masterpiece in its own right that still characterises the city today. Just a few minutes away by foot is the historic old town. While there, be sure to stop by a Pintxos bar as you stroll along the many alleyways.
The varied natural scenery around Bilbao leaves nothing to be desired: high mountains, dense forests, and a very green coastline. As such, the largest city in the Basque country is not just the perfect starting point for exciting day trips to San Sebastián or to the wine region of La Rioja, but also for a road trip along the winding coastal road. Best of all, these excursions can be combined with an action-packed surfing session on the Costa Vasca.
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Sightseeing in your Bilbao holidays
The historic market hall of the extensive Mercado de la Ribera has managed to survive for several centuries. Even today, it still forms an integral part of the locals’ daily lives. Are you looking for traditional and flavourful dishes and products? Then this is the perfect place for you. View in Maps
If you travel to Bilbao, you can't miss the Guggenheim Museum. An architectural masterpiece, which attracts all eyes from afar. Inside you will find great artists like Jeff Koons, Richard Serra, Louise Bourgeois and Joseph Beuys, just to name a few. View in Maps
The Puente de Vizcaya is a very special UNESCO World heritage site in this city. The oldest suspended ferry in the world has been taking foot passengers and vehicles back and forth across the river since 1893. For those visitors who do not mind heights, there is the option of taking the lift up to the roof of the bridge to admire the excellent view of the port and out to the open sea. View in Maps
The Funicular de Artxanda takes you up to the local mountain of the same name. It is the perfect spot to be – especially at sunset – to enjoy a wonderful view of Bilbao. View in Maps
Bilbao is also a culinary dream. Start at the Plaza Nueva and let yourself drift through the old town. In between, make a stop at one of the many restaurants and bars, enjoy a drink and a few pintxos (snacks). View in Maps
Many ‘Game of Thrones’ fans are likely to be familiar with Gaztelugatxe. Just a 45-minute drive from Bilbao, it served as a filming location for the 7th season. You will have to climb 241 steps to get to the seafarers’ chapel San Juan on the Gaztelugatxe peninsula. View in Maps