One day in Bilbao


Bilbao, a modern, creative and innovative city, which in recent years has gained international fame, invites you to visit it in one day.

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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, 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 at its opening to avoid waiting at the entrance.


  • 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

    2 hours 30 minutes.


  • 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, and walking about fifteen minutes we will find the Zubizuri, a white bridge, an unmistakable mark of its architect, Santiago Calatrava.


  • Free


  • 15 min - 30 min

    30 minutes.


  • 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

    50 minutes.


  • 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. Inside, another show of art, beyond the same works that it offers.


  • General admission: 5 euros


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


  • 944792036


  • 0 min - 15 min

    15 minutes.


  • 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 a party, 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, a square Eden for 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.


  • 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 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 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.


  • 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 txacoli.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h

    45 minutes.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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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 had been restored over the centuries to improve it, since it is very old, because it dates back at least 700 years, from when Bilbao was founded.


  • In the fourteenth century it was enlarged, in the fifteenth the cloister with flamboyant Gothic characteristics was built, The portal has tendencies of Plateresque art, the main altar is in the Flemish style, there was a fire in the late sixteenth century and part of it burned, so I need works and reconstructions like those made in the 18th century of the choir and the presbytery.


  • 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. Buildings that are designed to meet the needs of pilgrims. It is a World Heritage Site since 2015.


  • We start the afternoon visiting the Cathedral of Bilbao, 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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Parque Etxebarria


The urban park with the best views

  • Located on one of the slopes of the valley that surrounds Bilbao, just above the Casco Viejo, it has one of the best views of the city, its access is easy by metro or walking from Plaza Unamuno.


  • It is a large space on a slope, which allows you to enjoy one of the best views over the downtown area. Vision that allows us to understand why Bilbao is affectionately called the 'Botxo' (hole).


  • The Park plays an important role during the Semana Grande de Bilbao, which is celebrated in the month of August. The circus and barracks for children are installed in it. It is also one of the points where the fireworks are launched, during the “Aste Nagusia”.


  • Formerly it was a site where iron was smelted, belonging to the company Aceros Echevarría, for this reason the original fireplace has been left in the center of the enclosure, as a tribute to the old activity that was carried out there.


  • The old factory began to take shape in 1878. Its activity began with a tinplate rolling and stamping workshop.


  • What was only a steel foundry 25 years ago was converted into an immense public park in the first example of conversion from an industrial city to a leisure city, back in the 1980s.


  • We leave the cathedral and on the way to our next destination we come across the Etxabarria Park, if we do so taking Mallona Zeharkaka street and then the street that enters the Park, Etxabarria Parkea street.


  • At the end of this street we find the Chimney that characterizes this place.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h

    45 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 stalks 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 continue our way to get to the “funi de Bilbao”, he will take us as he has done more than 200 years ago, to the top of Monte Artxanda, so that we can enjoy the wonderful views of the city.


  • Occasional ticket: € 2.00.


  • Round trip ticket: € 3.60.


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


  • 15 min - 30 min

    30 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 txakoli 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!


  • 30 min - 1 h

    1 hours


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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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 without a doubt 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.



11 Ratings

viajera_de_corazon

viajera_de_corazon

Está estresada por mis obligaciones laborales y decidí escaparme a este lugar. Di un paseo nocturno por el puente Zubizuri y adiós estrés. Bilbao siempre tiene un 10 .

09/08/2020

martinymartina

martinymartina

Siempre es un 10 Bilbao! Excelente guia.

06/08/2020

mariomarquez

mariomarquez

Podría ir a Bilbao hasta 100 veces, es magnífica.

05/08/2020

davidzam

davidzam

me encantó está guía porque me permitió conocer el Casco Viejo y subí al Parque Etxebarria Parkea ¡que vista obtuve!

29/07/2020

enekor

enekor

Quise hacer algo diferente y me escape a Bilbao (que impresionante) me sentí como en dos mundo, uno futurista representado x el museo Guggenheim y otro lleno de historia representado x el Casco viejo de la ciudad. ¡fascinante!

29/07/2020

delia

delia

una ciudad moderna que con gusto podría visitar, gracias a esta guía ya sé por dónde empezar

27/07/2020

dieg_malon

dieg_malon

Me llama la atención conocer el Casco histórico del Bilbao y su Ayuntamiento, lleno de nostalgia por el pasado, sería un maravilloso viaje

25/07/2020

albaviajera

albaviajera

He visitado Bilbao en una día y es ciudad muy interesante. Gracias por esta guía que me ha servido de mucho

25/07/2020

ignacional

ignacional

excelente material, me ayudó demasiadoooo en mi viaje

17/07/2020

pedrito

pedrito

para los que quieran vivir una experiencia mágica y llena de arte, Bilbao siempre es la mejor idea.

17/07/2020

nora_

nora_

Tiene todo lo que buscaba! Además los restaurantes tienen una pinta increíble 😯

21/10/2019