Weekend in Bilbao


Bilbao has an incredible weekend for you, full of art, culture, modernity, nature and gastronomy.

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Museo Guggenheim Bilbao


The most important contemporary art museum in the country

  • Being in a busy and central area, do not miss the opportunity to visit it at different times of the day to see the effect of sunlight on its panels.


  • The visit begins as you get closer. Here everything is art: the dog Puppy, the spider Mum and the building itself.


  • Puppy is a twelve-meter tall dog covered in flowers that welcomes visitors.


  • At the back of the museum, next to the Puente de La Salve, we can pass between the legs of a gigantic bronze spider.


  • It is a very busy museum, so our recommendation is to go when it opens in the morning to avoid the queues.


  • The building itself is a masterpiece with titanium panels that change according to the light that is reflected in them, the curves and shapes make architecture lovers visit it continuously.


  • Work of the architect Frank Gehry, designed in 1997.


  • Inside we can access three floors with contemporary art exhibitions.


  • We can let our imagination get lost between works by Chillida, Rothko or Kooning among many others, which will make us understand that art is not just mere contemplation.


  • We start our day in the city at "The Guggenheim", a mandatory stop for tourists or locals, art lovers or just curious. In its few years of history it has become the undisputed symbol of the city and an international reference for contemporary art.


  • It is one of the emblems of Bilbao and knowing that it is an original building, it is worth seeing if only from the outside.


  • General admission € 17.


  • Children free.


  • 2 h - 4 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Open from Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 20:00 Monday closed except on the days: March 18, April 15 and 22, every Monday in July and August, September 2 and 9, and December 23 and 30, 2019.


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Puente Zubizuri


The modern bridge of Bilbao

  • Popularly known as Puente de Calatrava. We can get there by taking a walk or on the modern green tram that separates this bridge from the Guggenheim in one stop.


  • Standing on this bridge we can see the river under our feet, since its floor is made of glass tiles. Just a recommendation, the ground can be slippery if it has rained.


  • From the bridge we can also see the Isozaki Towers, two twin skyscrapers linked to the Zubizuri bridge by a walkway.


  • It is an arched bridge (whose track hangs from it) over the Nervión estuary, it was inaugurated on May 30, 1997.


  • The design consists of an inclined arch that joins two platforms, with access ramps and stairs on both banks, which supports the pedestrian structure with iron cables. The entire bridge is painted white, as is common among Calatrava structures.


  • Since its inauguration, almost simultaneously with that of the Guggenheim Museum, the Zubizuri was a symbol of the new Bilbao, constituting one more tourist element of the Paseo de la Ría.


  • We continue our route bordering the Nervión estuary along the Uribitarte promenade. Walking about fifteen minutes we will find the Zubizur, a white bridge, an unmistakable mark of its architect, Santiago Calatrava.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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Ayuntamiento de Bilbao


Featured public edition

  • He is punctually in Erkoreka Square.


  • Erkoreka Square is a space where historical and symbolic buildings coincide, such as the town hall itself, Jorge de Oteiza's sculpture, the Beteluri Bank, the Town Hall bridge and the Bilbao flag.


  • The City Council conducts guided tours in the morning, which you can book directly on their website.


  • The visits are organized by the Bilbao City Council's Public Relations Office and last approximately 50 minutes.


  • Its architecture and location make it a place worth seeing at least from the outside.


  • It is a neoclassical building with baroque details in which we can see the history of the city represented in the bas-reliefs on its facade.


  • The Town Hall or Municipal Palace built on the site formerly occupied by the San Agustín Convent was inaugurated on April 17, 1892.


  • Elegant building with a spire that rests on a central body highlighted with balconies and colonnade. Inside, its Arab Room stands out, the work of José del Solar with very successful decoration, where civil weddings are celebrated.


  • Continuing from the Zubizuri Bridge, at the next tram stop, called Pío Baroja or about fifteen minutes on foot, always bordering the estuary, we find the Bilbao City Council.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


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Teatro Arriaga


A theater in honor of the "Spanish Mozart"

  • Located in the old town, it is a 19th century theater in honor of Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, a composer who died at 19 years of age.


  • Having little time is not worth visiting inside.


  • During its beginnings, it was one of the most important theaters in Spain, which is why some of its 19th century decorations such as rugs were preserved so well.


  • The cultural offer it offers on its website is infinite, we can enjoy genres from operas and concerts to circuses and madrigals.


  • It is inspired by the Paris opera and dedicated to the Bilbao musician Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga, known as “the Spanish Mozart”. He has suffered several setbacks such as the 1914 fire or the 1983 floods, but today he is still one of the largest cultural programmers in the city.


  • This wonderful theater is very reminiscent of the typical theaters and operas of the nineteenth century with the bright and luxurious decoration so at a glance. Its interior is another spectacle of art, beyond the same works that it offers.


  • General admission: 5 euros


  • Under 18s, free, accompanied by an adult.


  • 944792036


  • 15 min - 30 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Guided Tours Saturdays and Sundays, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


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Plaza Nueva


One of the key points of the old town

  • This square is the scene of concerts during Aste Nagusia (the Big Week, which begins the Saturday following August 15 and lasts for eight days) and, all year round, is a place to eat traditional tapas: pintxos.


  • Every Sunday in the Plaza Nueva a market with the scent of yesteryear is held. Here you can find almost everything, books, antiques, stickers, furniture, music records.


  • It is the square that every year hosts the city's Christmas market.


  • It is the best place to have vermouth and eat some rabas (squid), Bilbao's aperitif par excellence.


  • Built in the 19th century, today it is known as Barria.


  • It is another of the points where you can breathe the purest atmosphere of Bilbao, it is a square with 64 arcades in neoclassical style.


  • In its arcades we can find the typical bars of the center of Bilbao, as well as terraces to enjoy the view.


  • We continue on our way to enter the old part of the city, as the nerve center of it, the Plaza Nueva stands out, a place with its own air, beauty, style. That invites you to know and enjoy it, that is why it is a must in the city.


  • Free


  • 15 min - 30 min

    30 minutes.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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Calle de la Tendería


The origin of Bilbao

  • Here the classic shops alternate with the most innovative ones and there is no shortage of bars where you can have a few pintxos.


  • Going out is typical here, that is, going from bar to bar in the Seven Streets, having a little wine in each one. Without a doubt, the best way to integrate into the Bilbao lifestyle.


  • The seven streets are part of the old part of the city and are an emblem, but the old town occupies a space somewhat larger than these seven streets.


  • The seven streets are the medieval origin of Bilbao so they present an important traditional and gastronomic atmosphere.


  • These seven streets are Somera, Artecalle, Tendería, Belosticalle, Carnicería vieja, Barrenkale and Barrencale Barrena.


  • The shallow street is the oldest in Bilbao, the meaning of which is “upstairs street”.


  • The heart of the old town of Bilbao is known as the Seven Streets. Actually there are more and also some squares, like the Plaza Nueva.


  • Our last point of the morning will be in the particular 7 most outstanding streets of the old town. The best place to get lost next to the estuary and eat pintxos in some of its streets with a typical atmosphere, do not forget to try the famous chacolí.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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Euskal Museoa Bilbao Museo Vasco


Basque history in one place

  • Located in the Plaza de Unamuno, it is one of the best-known squares in Bilbao, which owes its name to the famous Bilbao writer, who was born and lived a few meters away and that as a tribute there is a bust on a pedestal in the square, is the Museum.


  • Its main objective is to show the historical and cultural evolution of Basque society, highlighting those characteristics that make it unique and singular.


  • Through its rooms you can learn about the world of the sea, fishing and navigation, the iron and arms industries, commercial and commercial activity, traditional crafts and crafts.


  • It also schedules temporary monographic exhibitions.


  • Nestled in a baroque-style building built to house a church and a school of the Jesuit Fathers, it opened its doors to the public in 1921, occupying the ground floor of the cloister.


  • The Museum has treasured over almost one hundred years of activity a heritage that, as a whole, exceeds 20,000 objects, which illustrate and reflect the different aspects that shaped the life and daily work of the Basque people.


  • The intrinsic value of the building, with a central cloister, is joined by the wealth of the collections that it guards, from the most remote vestiges of the Biscayan site, to the testimonies of the most traditional ways of life of the Basque people.


  • The scale model of Bizkaia and the zoomorphic sculpture known as “Mikeldi's Idol”, dated from the II Iron Age (6th century BC) and whose original is on display in the cloister of this Museum, deserve special mention.


  • We start the afternoon knowing the history of Basque culture, from its earliest beginnings to today. This Museum gives us an excellent tour of all of it.


  • General: € 3


  • Children under 12 years old, free.


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Monday: 10:00 - 19:00. Wednesday to Friday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Saturdays: 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Sundays: 10:00 - 14:00. Tuesday closed


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Catedral de Santiago de Bilbao


The most monumental Gothic church in Vizcaya

  • It is located in the center of Casco Viejo and is dedicated to the Apostle Santiago, patron saint of the city.


  • Today, we can see it in all its splendor thanks to the fact that it was recently restored.


  • Its entrance is free, and at any time as long as it is not during mass hours we can contemplate the baroque altarpieces in its chapels.


  • It was the first church to be built in the city and although it is the Cathedral, it is not the church of the Saint Patron of the city.


  • The church offers a visit with an audio guide for a value of € 5 that includes the audio guide in the church of San Anton. The visit without a guide is free.


  • This Cathedral has been restored over the centuries for its improvement, since its construction was carried out 700 years ago, when Bilbao was founded.


  • In the fourteenth century it was widened and in the fifteenth the cloister with flamboyant Gothic characteristics was built. The cover has trends in plateresque art and the main altar is in the flamenco style. There was a fire in the 16th century and part of it was burned, so works and reconstructions were carried out like those of the choir and presbytery in the 18th century.


  • The Cathedral of Santiago belongs to the architectural heritage of the Camino de Santiago in the Basque Country, which includes bridges, hostels, hospitals, churches and cathedrals. These buildings are intended to meet the needs of pilgrims. It is a World Heritage Site since 2015.


  • We continue our route until we reach the Bilbao Cathedral, a sober and small cathedral, located in the heart of the city.


  • Free


  • 15 min - 30 min

    30 minutes.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    From Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. July and August from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


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Mercado de la Ribera


The largest covered market on the continent

  • It is located in one of the epicenters of Bilbao, next to the church of San Antón and the bridge that bears the same name, both reflected in the city's coat of arms.


  • You can get there by metro Casco Viejo / Zazpi kaleak (M: L1, L2 and L3) or comfortably walking.


  • If Basque gastronomy is admired all over the world, the Mercado de la Ribera is one of its references. Here you can find everything. Fresh products brought daily from the sea or the garden and illuminated by the huge stained glass windows on the ceiling.


  • Try some delicious gildas or pintxos on its terrace overlooking the estuary, or move to the rhythm of jazz in the new and modern restaurant on the lower floors.


  • One of its attractions is the huge stained glass windows that cause light effects at sunset.


  • Despite the art deco decoration of the market, its origin dates back to the 14th century, but it was remodeled in 1929.


  • It is divided into two areas: that of food stalls and that of restaurants. On the top floor are the bars and restaurants with a careful selection of pintxos.


  • The La Ribera Market has managed to maintain its essence throughout its long history, which has now spanned several centuries. Its main value is the traditional quality, variety and freshness of the genre it offers. If you like cuisine brimming with flavor and tradition, here you will find all the ingredients from our rural and coastal environment that make up the traditional Basque culinary recipe book.


  • Now is the time to get to know an essential market without a doubt, the Mercado de la Ribera, a huge market like the ones from before, one of those that still retain their early 20th century charm.


  • This market has so much variety to choose from that not only will you know what to buy, but it was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the most complete municipal market in the world.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h

    40 minutes.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Monday from 8 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. Tuesday. to Friday. from 8 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday closed.


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Iglesia San Anton


The church that appears on the Bilbao and Athletic crest

  • It is located next to the San Antón bridge, in what was the center of the town of Bilbao in the 16th century.


  • Extra recommendation, go to the San Antón bridge, which was until the end of the 19th century the main entrance to the town of Bilbao, so important that it is part of the Bilbao coat of arms drawing.


  • Inside the church has three chapels from the 16th century. The first is that of Santa Lucia. It has an altarpiece and baroque imagery and a couple of canvases by Manuel Losada representing the patrons of Bizkaia. The chapel is closed with a 17th century grille and is connected to that of La Piedad or Martínez de Recalde. The third chapel, of San Roque or Ibaseta, is the smallest.


  • The church offers a visit with an audio guide for a value of € 3. The visit without a guide is free.


  • Audioguide visits cannot be made during mass times.


  • Its occupation predated Diego López de Haro granting the Puebla Charter to Bilbao in 1300. Today the Church stands on the foundations of a stone and mortar building with wooden posts, dated between the 12th and 13th centuries. This location on a rocky hill, next to the riverbed where some ships would dock and the bridge where the Castilian goods arrived, made this point a strategic enclave in the economy of Bilbao.


  • Consecrated in 1433. It had a rectangular nave with a polygonal apse that has undergone several extensions over the years. The building is in the Gothic style, although its bell tower already belongs to the 18th century Baroque.


  • Our afternoon ends at the Church of San Antonio Abad, one of the most recognized and beloved of the city and known locally as the Church of San Anton.


  • Once you have visited the church, you must appreciate the views from the bridge that is in it.


  • General admission with audio guide € 3.


  • Free visit, free.


  • 15 min - 30 min

    30 minutes.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    From September 1 to June 30 from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays from 10 to 14 and from 16 to 18 hours. From July 1 to August 31 from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.


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Las 7 Calles


Inescapable custom of Bilbao

  • The area where you can have a round of pintxos is very varied.


  • The pinchos, of course, accompanied by a good drink of chacolí, the most typical white wine of the Basque Country.


  • Going from bar to bar having a little wine in each one, is undoubtedly the best way to integrate into the Bilbao lifestyle.


  • We stayed in the area of the 7 streets, the new square, Santa Maria street.


  • Calle Ledesma, is the most fashionable area of Bilbao and, also, the most expensive, bustling atmosphere next to the center any day of the week.


  • Calle Somera, with more popular bars, generally less creative but quality and cheaper pintxos. Very lively on weekends.


  • Plaza Nueva is a very good area with some classic bars and newer and more innovative ones. At any time and any day of the week you will find an atmosphere.


  • Indautxu. Around Diputación and on Garcia Rivero Street, the people of Bilbao meet many times after working. The area has very good pintxos although a little more expensive than other areas.


  • Calle Santamaría, in the Old Town with a good selection of bars and a very good atmosphere. Affordable prices and great atmosphere from Thursday to Sunday.


  • The night has the finishing touch with the “essential” of Bilbao that you cannot miss, the round of pintxos. There are them for all tastes: more classic and more modern, vegetarian or not, more expensive or cheaper, if it is for variety you will not be disappointed, and if it is for flavor, even less.


  • According to consumption.


  • 1 h - 2 h

    1 hour and 30 minutes.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    The bars usually open at 11 in the morning until midnight.


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Puente Vizcaya


A UNESCO World Heritage Bridge

  • To get here from the beach if you are not by car, you can do it by public transport or by walking along a beautiful route that borders the estuary of approximately 30 minutes.


  • The bridge can be crossed by car, bicycle or on foot, but if you want to enjoy the beautiful views of the mouth of the Nervión in the Cantabrian Sea, it is best to go through its walkway higher than 50 meters. But be careful if you are a person with vertigo in the heights.


  • It joins the 160 meters that the estuary is wide here without hindering naval traffic, it has communicated Portugalete and Getxo since 1893.


  • Information on the ways to cross the bridge, whether on foot, car or gondola, are specified on the website. With their schedules and costs.


  • The bridge bears a certain resemblance to the Eiffel Tower, and it is that its designer, Alberto de Palacio, was a disciple of the French architect.


  • It is a suspension bridge and the world's first ferry bridge since it was built in 1893.


  • It offers a special view since it is located where the river makes its way to the sea.


  • Now is the time to get to know the Hanging Bridge, a very important symbol of the area, it is one of the most unique constructions to enjoy in Getxo. Located on the final stretch of the Bilbao Route, right where the sea meets the Nervión, this spectacular iron structure connects the Las Arenas and Portugalete neighborhoods.


  • Crossing in a basket € 1.60 to € 0.45 per person, depending on the schedule.


  • 1 h - 2 h

    1 hour and 30 minutes.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours (closed walkway hours from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) The crossing in the gondola is open 24 hours a day.


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Puerto viejo


Entering the Old Port is like traveling to another era

  • Located 30 minutes by car from Bilbao, the Old Port is a unique sight. You can also get there comfortably by metro, Algorta station (M: L1).


  • We recommend visiting the Antigua Ermita de San Nicolás, Arrantzale and Sardinera, two sculptures that pay tribute to two ancient professions of the Old Port. The Etxetxu, the Riberamune, Asuerka, with spectacular views of the sea, a few meters from Riberamune, is the Asuerka square, the Sireno de Getxo, it is a dynamic work of art that interacts with the sea, revealing or hiding part of it depending on the tides.


  • It is one of the places with the most history and tradition in Getxo. Its beginnings date back to the s. XVII and XVIII and are linked to the peculiar physical and meteorological conditions of Puerto del Abra.


  • This site managed to achieve great importance thanks to the combination of inshore fishing in small boats and the people in charge of helping the boats to navigate the sandbanks at the mouth of the river.


  • That "bar" of sand was the reason why many ships were wrecked in the area. For this reason, with the passage of time, a rescue team was created made up of men specially prepared and trained to act in these cases.


  • Thus arose the Shipwrecked Rescue Station, a task that survives to this day thanks to the work of the Red Cross of the Sea.


  • Our morning is dedicated to touring Getxo and its surroundings, starting with the Old Port of Algorta, a most picturesque place, which maintains its harmony as a lifelong fishing village.


  • It is an old fishing port, today converted into a leisure area where people go to eat shrimp and snails with views of Ereaga beach. Narrow streets, white houses, small squares and secret corners make up one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Bizkaia.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h

    1 hour.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours


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Playa de Ereaga


The most visited beach in the area

  • The beach is located at the mouth of the estuary, in the municipality of Getxo. Its 800 meters of fine sand and its good communications, in addition to the many services available, especially during the summer, make this beach one of the most frequented.


  • You can also get there directly by metro from Neguri station, leaving it and turning left along Avenida de Algorta until the end, taking Paseo del Marqués de Arriluce and Ibarra until reaching Ereaga beach.


  • There are many sports that are practiced on this beach: surfing, canoeing, volleyball and sailing, but, without a doubt, Ereaga is well known for the beach soccer tournaments that are held here.


  • The beach has lifeguards during the season from 11:00 to 20:00.


  • After relaxing on the beach, you have the chance to get to know its surroundings, a walk of about fifteen minutes full of period palatial buildings that will not go unnoticed.


  • Beach with a bottom of sand and rocks. This sandy area links the marina and the old port of Algorta.


  • It is an urban beach that offers mostly left-hand waves and is ideal for bodyboarding. Short and tubular waves. It needs a lot of sea, so it doesn't offer waves often; it withstands waves of up to 2 meters and it should be noted that it is highly protected from the northwest wind, making it a very valid alternative when the weather conditions are adverse on open beaches and the sea is out of date.


  • We continue in the area and just 10 minutes from Puerto Algorta to the south we find Ereaga beach, one of the most complete and visited in the area.


  • Free


  • 1 h - 2 h

    2 hours.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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La Alhóndiga


Modern cultural center in a building with history

  • One of the curiosities are the columns that decorate the building with different shapes and decorations.


  • The exhibitions vary according to the days so it is advisable to visit the website to know what we will find on your visit.


  • Monday and Tuesday, at 7:00 p.m. (Spanish) and Thursday, at 7:00 p.m. (Basque), there is a free guided tour, it lasts 45 minutes and is carried out as long as there are at least five people to participate in it.


  • From July 2 to September 2, these visits are extended with the following hours: Monday to Thursday, at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (Basque and Spanish). Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at 1:00 p.m. (Basque and Spanish).


  • La Alhóndiga was at the beginning of the 20th century a modernist style transgressive building. Conceived as a wine warehouse and after being in a state of almost neglect for many years, it reinvented itself becoming the leisure and culture center that it is today at the hands of the architect Philippe Stark.


  • An original and somewhat dreamy space where its 43 pillars form a journey through different cultures and avant-gardes with the aim of integrating art into the daily life of the citizen.


  • In addition to exhibitions for all audiences, it has cinemas, gyms, cafeterias, restaurants, and a terrace on top.


  • Azkuna's name comes from the mayor Iñaki Azkuna, who was the biggest driver for the renovation of the building in 2015


  • We started an afternoon perhaps somewhat shorter than usual, taking into account that we came from a morning with places a little further away, discovering this transformed wine warehouse into an incredible cultural and leisure center where, in addition to the offer in terms of entertainment, it is remarkable to know its building.


  • Free entrance.


  • 944014014


  • 1 h - 2 h

    1 hour and 30 minutes.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Monday to Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Sundays and holidays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.


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Abando


The most elegant neighborhood in Bilbao

  • The Abando neighborhood was formerly an independent municipality and today it is the noblest area of the city and the area with the best fashion stores.


  • Highlights here are the Albia Gardens, the Diputación Palace, the Sagrado Corazón de Bilbao church, in a neo-Gothic style and a very beautiful interior. A few meters away is the beautiful Campos Theater, recently renovated, which has a beautiful facade and the interior maintains the original aesthetic.


  • In the Plaza Circular, we enter the Indalecio Prieto train station to admire its huge window, which represents all facets of the province's economy.


  • Highlights here are the Albia Gardens, the Diputación Palace, the Sagrado Corazón de Bilbao church, in a neo-Gothic style and a very beautiful interior. A few meters away is the beautiful Campos Theater, recently renovated, which has a beautiful facade and the interior maintains the original aesthetic.


  • From here, we will get to know the Ensanche through the Gran Vía de Don Diego López de Haro.


  • The Gran Vía is possibly one of the most beautiful 'great roads' in the country. Shops, pintxos bars, imposing buildings and many trees support it. Despite being the most important avenue in the city, the section from Plaza Elíptica to Plaza Circular is pedestrianized. Walking around is a delight. Its full name is Gran Vía de Don Diego López de Haro, in honor of the one who founded the city and whose statue with the founding letter watches over the avenue from above.


  • On Gran Vía itself there is a renowned pastry shop, its chocolate truffles are its specialty, and our mouths will water with the carolinas, typical rice cakes with chocolate and meringue.


  • Arriving by metro, even if it is only through one station, is a great plan that allows you to get to know the so-called fosteritos, which are the modern subway mouths, these glass tubes that go deep into the earth are well worth a photo.


  • The afternoon takes us to know the most elegant and outstanding area of Bilbao, a place with points of interest and one of the most beautiful Gran Vía streets in the country.


  • This is a good time to get to know the Bilbao metro if you have not already done so, from the Indautxu station next to our previous stop, you arrive perfectly down at the Abando station.


  • Free


  • 1 h - 2 h

    1 hour and 30 minutes.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours


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Mesedeetako Kaia, 1


Great alternative of shows

  • In the historic heart of the city, next to the Old Town, a few steps from the Merced Bridge, in one of the most active districts of Bilbao, is Bilborock, a place full of life and a center of constant synergies, prepared to host In addition to music, all kinds of activities of interest to young people: cinema, theater, dance, installations, experimentation laboratories, conferences, presentations.


  • The soul of this emblematic building are the people, who rehearse, act, create, experiment and the public that fills concerts and shows of all kinds, and participates in the activities that are programmed.


  • On their website you will find all the information regarding daily works and shows, consulting their prices and being able to reserve tickets. The shows are usually between 8 pm and 11 pm.


  • A strategic crossroads of the first settlers of the town, the building that today houses Bilborock was built as a religious temple in the 17th century and renovated in the 18th century.


  • In the 90s of the 20th century, the building was acquired by the Bilbao City Council to launch the Bilborock project. Among the objectives of this initiative was to provide the city with a space for live music in which emerging groups would take place, thus the Villa de Bilbao Pop-Rock Contest was created.


  • Always at the forefront, the Bilborock project grew over the years and today has become a benchmark social and cultural meeting place for youth, inside and outside the capital of Biscay.


  • Enjoy tonight in an incredible place, a restored church in a leisure center. Where you can find a wide range of show offers.


  • Variable according to show


  • 94.415.13.06 94.416.17.99


  • 15 min - 30 min

    12 hours.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Opening hours to the public: Monday to Friday: 11: 00-14: 00/17: 00-21: 00. Saturdays: 17: 00-21: 00. Shows from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.


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ZAWP Bilbao


An artificial island in a former industrial area

  • The Frank Gehry Bridge is a bridge that connects Julio Urquijo Street in the Deusto neighborhood with the island of Zorrozaurre.


  • The best way to get there by metro is through the Deusto station (M: L1 and L2).


  • The chill out area of Zorrozaurre has two parts, on the one hand an area for sunbathing that they have called Hondartza Artificial (Artificial Beach), it even has some stairs to bathe in the estuary, in case anyone dares.


  • This area on the one hand has been filled with plants that reuse old tires as a pot.


  • The whole area is full of graffiti art.


  • Every Sunday morning the Open Your Ganbara market is held in the old Artiach Factory and spaces such as Pavilion 6 program numerous plays.


  • The Zorrozaurre project is the last major urban regeneration operation in the town of Bilbao. Zorrozaurre was an area in continuous industrial and social decline since the seventies of the twentieth century and in which today only half a thousand residents live.


  • It is a fascinating mix of industrial buildings turned into creative factories, rural houses, semi-urban palaces, an ultra-modern hospital and port ruins, all surrounded by the environment of the estuary and Deusto as a backdrop, which makes it special.


  • Zorrozaurre is a very interesting place with very curious places to discover, together with its ecology and recycling details.


  • Our Sunday begins in what has become the Basque Manhattan. Zorrotzaurre has gone from being a peninsula to becoming an island. But what has not changed in recent years are the popular initiatives that try to spice up the area.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h

    1 hour.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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Parque de Doña Casilda de Iturrizar


A ride full of sensations

  • In perfect contact with Nature, in the heart of the city, the gaze is fixed on the images of a park that inspires the purest romanticism.


  • It is the best way to disconnect from the city without leaving it. It is the lung of Bilbao.


  • The people of Bilbao have always affectionately called it “the park of the ducks”, for its beautiful pond where several species of birds live.


  • If you want to have a picnic sitting on the grass, this is the ideal place.


  • If your time allows it, it is a place to visit during the day and also at night.


  • At one end of the park is the Museum of Fine Arts. And at the other end of the park we find the city's Maritime Museum.


  • It is a 115,200 square meter centenary garden that offers a vivid contrast to the modernity of the Abandoibarra area. Dedicated to the memory of Casilda de Iturrizar y Urquijo, widow of one of the founders of Banco de Bilbao, the largest garden in the urban center has a remarkable tree catalog, with 486 species from the five continents and a no less extensive list of sculptures.


  • Its construction began in 1907 and, since then, this park has been evolving and renewing itself, always preserving its charm. Among other elements, it has a majestic duck pond surrounded by waffle irons, a classic-style carousel, a cybernetic fountain, where water shows are held at night, a stage to host performances and, in addition, the terrace of the Museum's cafeteria of Fine Arts. It also has a sculpture by Eduardo Chillida and other monuments that pay homage to different characters.


  • Moment of arriving now to one of the most beautiful parks that the city presents us, we can do it enjoying a cozy walk of about 30 minutes.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h

    1 hour


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao


Stunning art collection

  • A magnificent Museum that has been in the city for more than 100 years, endowed with great works, has some very interesting collections by artists such as Goya, El Greco, Murillo or Gauguin.


  • The importance of Basque and Spanish art also has a place within its walls with a large representation.


  • It has permanent and temporary exhibitions perfectly explained on its website, where you can buy advance tickets.


  • The Permanent Collection is free from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesday).


  • The temporary exhibition has a reduced rate after 6 pm and is free on Tuesdays in summer time and throughout the day.


  • More than 6,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings and engravings, from the 12th century to the present day, make up the collections of this museum, which is the most important in the country after the Prado Museum, in Spanish, Flemish and Italian Renaissance painting.


  • The audio guides in the permanent collection are included in the ticket price, except for free tickets. In the Temporary Exhibition, to deepen the knowledge and enjoyment of the exhibition, it has an audio guide aimed at the general public with a selection of commented works, which make up a complete itinerary of about 40 minutes.


  • Children's tour: recommended for ages 5 to 10 years. Available in Basque and Spanish. 10 entertaining stories based on works from the museum's collection.


  • We finished the morning at the Museum of Fine Arts, the most important museum of its kind in the country, after the Prado Museum. A Museum that meets all the requirements to be a great treasure of the city.


  • General rate € 10.


  • Reduced rate € 8.


  • Under 25s, free.


  • 1 h - 2 h

    2 hours.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    From July 1 to August 31, every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Tuesdays, only temporary exhibitions are open. From September 1 to June 30, from Wednesday to Monday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays closed, except extraordinary openings.


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Puente de La Salve


Guggenheim escort

  • Since 2008, the lifts of the Puente de la Salve are free. Although of course, at night you have to go up the stairs on the sides because the elevator stops working.


  • It owes its popular name according to the locals to the Plaza de la Salve, which is where the 19th century women who went from Deusto to Bilbao to sell the genre, used to stop to pray to the Virgin of Begoña for the sailors, right where they now stand. find the bridge.


  • And it is at this point where the monument to the Consulate of the Sea was erected by Agustín de la Herrán precisely to remember those sailors.


  • At night, the red arch of the bridge lights up creating animations on the sides.


  • The bridge was built in 1972 to ease traffic in this area and decongest the City Hall bridge. Its official name is "Princes of Spain" but no one calls it that, although it appears that way in any informational guide.


  • With a height of 23 meters, it allows the passage of all kinds of boats. It must be remembered that at that time there were still boats of great draft that went up to the Old Town.


  • Have you observed that the Guggenheim museum goes under the bridge to raise a tower on the other side? In fact, the museum is fully integrated with the Puente de la Salve. It is possible to climb on both sides of the bridge using the structure of the Guggenheim itself and for the whole set to be integrated the bridge was modified including the red arch.


  • We started the afternoon crossing the La Salve bridge, admiring its height, its function and the views it offers us. This step is one of the most important in the city and it is the one that will take us on the way to our next destination.


  • Free


  • 0 min - 15 min

    10 minutes.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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Funicular de Artxanda/Artxanda Ko Funikularra


Icon of the city inaugurated in 1915

  • Located in Plaza del Funicular, it is a 10-minute walk from the City Hall building. You can also get there easily by metro, the Matiko Bilbao station is the best approach.


  • If you enter from the Guggenheim Museum area, it is advisable to do so through the Puente de la Salve crossing.


  • The departure frequency is every 15 minutes and the journey takes only 3 minutes.


  • Dogs can ride the funicular as long as they are on a leash.


  • In the early years of the 20th century, many people from Bilbao used Mount Artxanda as a place for recreation and fun, creating a casino and various “txakolis” in the surroundings where people enjoyed their leisure time.


  • The need for a more comfortable access to the mountain led to the creation of this funicular that has been serving the city for more than 200 years.


  • Throughout its history it has suffered some sad events, its tracks were bombed and the upper station suffered harassment in the Civil War.


  • In August 1983 it was fatal for the funicular as the floods suffered by the city also reached it, large amounts of water, mud, rocks, ... fell to the lower station reaching a height that covered up to the platform and reached in the middle of the wagons.


  • We are on our way to get to the “funi de Bilbao”, he will take us as he did more than 200 years ago, to the top of Monte Artxanda, so that we can enjoy the wonderful views of the city.


  • From the Puente de la Salve, we cross the square of the same name and go down Calle Castaños until we reach the Plaza del Funicular.


  • Occasional ticket: € 2.00.


  • Round trip ticket: € 3.60.


  • Reduced ticket for children from 6 to 10 years old: € 0.31.


  • 30 min - 1 h

    40 minutes.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Business days from 7:15 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. From June 2 to September 30, the Artxanda Funicular runs from Monday to Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday, Saturday and party eves from 7:15 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sundays and holidays from 8:15 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. During Aste Nagusia (from Saturday, August 17 to Saturday, August 24, both inclusive), the Artxanda Funicular extends its operating hours until 24:00.


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Mirador de Artxanda


Enjoy Bilbao from the top

  • The most practical way to access it is through the funicular that takes you directly. There is a funicular every 15 minutes and the journey only takes 3 minutes.


  • We also have the possibility of going up by car or if we prefer taking a nice walk or by bus.


  • If we have pets we don't have to worry since we can get them on the funicular as long as they are properly tied.


  • Once there, the first thing to do is to look at the spectacular viewpoint to see the city from a bird's eye view. And then to have a chacolí with a gilda in the restaurants in the area.


  • If you access by funicular, keep in mind that it works until 10 pm.


  • At the beginning of the 20th century, they built a beautiful funicular that even today continues to operate every day and that is the best way to get to the top.


  • As soon as we arrive we can see El Engranaje, which is an original piece of the first funicular and in the viewpoint area is La Huella Dactilar, a sculpture in memory of the victims of the Spanish Civil War created by Juan José Novella.


  • The views of Bilbao from here are beautiful day and night. And if you visit Bilbao in August during its parties, it is a good place to see the fireworks that take place every night during the big week.


  • The time has come to enjoy Monte de Artxanda and its viewpoint where you can appreciate the city in its entirety from the top.


  • One of the favorite places for people from Bilbao to enjoy their free time.


  • Free


  • 1 h - 2 h

    2 hours.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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Muelle de Ripa


Night over the estuary

  • Do not miss the opportunity to do the tour along the riverbank, cross the Puente del Ayuntamiento or Puente del Arenal, go around the Paseo del Arenal and return by the opposite bridge again to the pier.


  • Places to mix and mingle with the people of the city where there is always a good atmosphere. Charming bars and terraces make them a perfect plan to have a drink after work or to start the night.


  • The axis that makes up Villarías and Ripa streets, together with the friendly Calle de la Amistad, has become one of the liveliest areas of Bilbao, especially since the former was pedestrianized.


  • The Ripa dock is one of the most historic places in Bilbao, since it was the town's loading port for several centuries, through which the minerals from the mining area left. With industrialization came its peak and became the axis of the Biscayan economy.


  • Today the appearance of this Ripa dock has changed a lot; There are no more boats loading and unloading, there are no longer the tracks by which the train left for the left bank, and there are no longer even the Capitol cinemas that the people of Bilbao enjoyed for decades. But the Ria is still there, as solemn and majestic as ever, now much cleaner, giving us a unique view.


  • Traditional shops coexist with unconventional establishments: hipster bars, fashion and accessories stores, vegan restaurants, antique shops.


  • Tonight enjoy a walk along the Ripa dock and the Paseo del Arenal, in the dock area you will find the favorite places of people to have a drink while looking at the estuary.


  • A good option to get to the ripa dock area is to do it by metro at the Abando station and go along until you reach the dock.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h

    1 hour.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.



9 Ratings

dieg_malon

dieg_malon

Que rico la pasé en las 7 Calles. Comí y bebí como nunca en mi vida, todo delicioso!

21/08/2020

albaviajera

albaviajera

Estaré en Bilbao por trabajo el mes próximo, me tomaré dos días para recorrer la ciudad con ésta guía.

21/08/2020

viajera_de_corazon

viajera_de_corazon

Bilbao me ofreció un espectácular fin de semana, caminar sobre el Puente Calatrava fue una gran experiencia. lo recomiendo

18/08/2020

mariomarquez

mariomarquez

Quería escaparme de mi rutina de trabajo y consertirme para recargar batería, lo logré con la orientación de esta guía. Las vistas maravillosas de Bilbao me llenaron de paz y tranquilidad. Gracias!

13/08/2020

elena_porelmundo

elena_porelmundo

Está guía me descubrió que este sitio tiene de todo, historia, cultura, costumbre y un puente que es patrimonio mundial. Dantesca experiencia.

12/08/2020

davidzam

davidzam

Su belleza natural e historica me llamo a conocerla.Lo conocí todo a pie. Sobre todo por la ría y al mercado de la Ribera. Allí todo estaba fresco las verduras y pescados.

10/08/2020

alichispix

alichispix

Si quieres un fin de semana cargado de diversión y cosas interesantes que ver te recomiendo que vayas a Bilbao, y si sigues las indicaciones de esta guía doblemente mejor. Yo lo hice así y pase uno de los mejores weekend de mi vida. :)

05/08/2020

antoniorexha

antoniorexha

Quería una guía q me mostrara lo mejor de Bilbao y está me la concedió, el Museo Guggenheim, las 7 calles y La Plaza Nueva no se puede obviar ¡excelente guía!.

02/08/2020

misojosviajeros

misojosviajeros

que ganas de conocer mas el norte despues de ver guias tan esplendidas como esta

28/09/2019