What to see in Bilbao


Its cultural and natural wealth make Bilbao one of the most visited cities in Spain. A place to enjoy the good atmosphere, art, gastronomy and endless treasures among its streets.

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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.


  • 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.


  • The Guggenheim is 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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Calle de la Tendería


The origin of Bilbao

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


  • 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.


  • It is the best place to get lost next to the estuary and eat pintxos in some of its streets, with a typical atmosphere. Don't forget to try the famous Txakoli.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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La Peña


The identity of the city

  • The most recommended way to explore the Bilbao estuary is to start with the Old Town. In this area you can find the beginnings of the city, which have more than 700 years of history.


  • Through the many bridges and footbridges we can cross the estuary.


  • An attractive aspect of the Bilbao estuary are the bridges themselves.


  • La Salve area and the footbridge, created by Pedro Arrupe, are a good reason to get to know and walk on it.


  • You can also hire guided boat trips with food included if you wish to get to know the estuary from itself.


  • The Bilbao estuary has its source in the town of Basauri, where the Nervión and Ibaizabal rivers meet. Both rivers are often called "The Fathers" of the Bilbao estuary, in a romantic expression that is very emotional.


  • This union occurs at the height of the La Peña neighborhood, in Bilbao, and is also known as La Ría del Nervión.


  • This estuary crosses the entire area of Greater Bilbao and its extension reaches up to El Alba. That is exactly where it sees its end, since it flows directly into maritime waters.


  • Bilbao has grown around its estuary, which is why the bridges that connect both banks are so important.


  • It is the best way to see some of the most important areas of Bilbao while we walk.


  • Forget about visits and schedules and enjoy a walk along any of the banks of the estuary.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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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.


  • It is an essential without a doubt, a huge market like the ones before, one of those that continue to keep its charm from the beginning of the 20th century.


  • 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


  • 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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La Alhóndiga


Modern cultural center in a building with history

  • Located in the surroundings of the Abando neighborhood, you arrive calmly walking on your tour of the city or by public transport, Indautxu (M: L1 and L2).


  • 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, cafes, restaurants, and a terrace on top.


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


  • Discover this wine warehouse transformed into an incredible cultural and leisure center, where, in addition to the offer in terms of entertainment, it is remarkable to know its facilities.


  • Free entrance.


  • 30 min - 1 h

    1 hour.


  • 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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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.


  • To avoid queues or tickets running out, we can book our visit to the show we want from their website.


  • Guided tours are offered to discover all the secrets and curiosities that hide more than 125 years of history.


  • 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”. It has suffered several setbacks such as the 1914 fire or the 1983 floods, but today it is still one of the largest cultural venues 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. Inside, another show of art, beyond the same works that it offers.


  • 944792036


  • 30 min - 1 h


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


  • As the nerve center of the old town of Bilbao, the Plaza Nueva stands out, a place with its own air, beauty and style. It invites you to get to know it and enjoy it, that is why it is a must in the city.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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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.


  • 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.


  • It's time to get to know the most elegant and prominent 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


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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Puente Vizcaya


A UNESCO World Heritage Bridge

  • It is located about 10 km from the center of Bilbao, but we can walk along the estuary until we reach the bridge. You can also get there by metro Areta (M: L1).


  • It 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.


  • The Hanging Bridge, a very important symbol of the area, 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


  • 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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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 bus; or if we prefer taking a nice walk.


  • 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.


  • Enjoy Mount 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


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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Estadio San Mamés


A football stadium, an essential

  • Very easy to get there on foot or by metro San Mamés (M: L1 and L2).


  • The surroundings of “San Mamés”, is a university area and a neuralgic point of arrival for tourists who come by bus since the central bus station is located in this area of the city.


  • Known among the people of Bilbao as the Cathedral of the City.


  • Its museum has more than 500 original objects that relate the past and present of the rojiblanco (trophies, clothing, graphic and audiovisual material), 4 audiovisual productions, 13 interactive systems, 600 videos, an immersive video wall with 102 screens, a toy library equipped with entertainment for All ages.


  • You can take a visit to the museum with a visit to the playing field or simply attend a football game.


  • Recognized as the best sports building in the world at the World Architecture Festival (2015), its unique architecture and integration within the city of Bilbao make it a unique place to enjoy a unique experience.


  • Its façade is made up of more than 2,700 slats, and all of them generate an envelope that changes its visual appearance as we walk around its perimeter. A unique effect that is achieved with a single type of geometry and a high development in engineering.


  • Tickets can be purchased directly on the website. Keep in mind that the estimated time is, visit the museum 45 minutes // Tour San Mames 45 minutes. It is recommended to arrive at the museum 45 minutes before the time reserved for the San Mames Tour.


  • It is one of the most modern fields in Europe, although it retains the classic scent of football for a lifetime, its spectacular structure, its lighting and the modernity it offers inside, make it considered a must in Bilbao.


  • Museum ticket and game field tour, general € 14.


  • Minors between 4 and 16 years old, € 5.


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Summer (from March to October inclusive): from 10:00 to 20:00. Winter (from November to February inclusive): from 10:00 to 19:00



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