4-day trip to Bilbao and surroundings


Art, culture, modernity, nature, gastronomy and of course the old town at your feet. This beautiful city offers you four wonderful days.

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Ayuntamiento de Bilbao


An imposing building as the Town Hall

  • 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 that 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. Civil weddings are held in this space.


  • From the Zubizuri Bridge, at the tram stop called Pío Baroja or about a fifteen-minute walk along the estuary, we find the Bilbao City Council.


  • Free


  • 15 min - 30 min

    30 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.


  • In case you do not have much time, it is not worth visiting inside.


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


  • The cultural offer that it offers on its website is infinite. We can enjoy different shows 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 fire in 1914 or the floods of 1983, 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 19th century, with a bright and luxurious decoration. The interior is a spectacle of art, beyond the 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 synonymous with party, the scene of concerts during Aste Nagusia (the Big Week, which begins the Saturday following August 15 and lasts for eight days) and, in turn, throughout the year is a special place to eat the 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 beautiful views.


  • We continue on our way to gradually enter the old part of the city. As its nerve center, the Plaza Nueva stands out, a place with its own air, beauty and style that invites you to get to know it and enjoy it. For all the above, it becomes an essential 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 to drink 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.


  • Following our morning tour we continue through the seven 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. Don't forget to try the famous Txacolí.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h

    1 hour.


  • 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, one of the best-known squares in Bilbao that owes its name to the famous Bilbao writer who was born and lived a few meters away. As a tribute to his figure there is a bust on a pedestal in the square where the museum is located.


  • 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. These pieces illustrate and reflect the different aspects that shaped the life and daily activities of the Basque people.


  • The intrinsic value of the building, with its central cloister, is joined by the wealth of the collections 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 in the II Iron Age (6th century BC) and whose original is on display in the cloister of this museum, deserve special mention.


  • We continue to learn about 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.


  • 30 min - 1 h

    1 hour.


  • 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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Basílica de Begoña


Home of the patron saint of Bizkaia

  • In Plaza Unamuno you will find the Calzadas de Mallona: there are about 300 stairs that lead to the basilica of the Virgen de Begoña, a beautiful way to go. If you prefer, you can go up by elevator, from the Casco Viejo metro.


  • It is one of the busiest and most touristy basilicas that there is, since many devotees resort to this church to meet and perform masses. She is the patron Virgin of Vizcaya and this makes her very important.


  • One of the things that stand out the most about the place is the colorful wooden image of the Virgin of Begoña, as well as a series of precious canvases that tell her story through the image.


  • On its website you can find the times of the Sunday masses, being free to enter every day, on Sundays it can only be accessed at mass.


  • The basilica of Begoña was built in the 16th century on an old hermitage and the work was completed more than a century later, so its architectural style corresponds to the late Gothic.


  • The basilica is composed of three naves without a transept, covered with a ribbed vault and the door is in the Renaissance style, with a large triumphal arch.


  • Inside, we must highlight the neoclassical altarpiece of the main altar and the Camarín de la Virgen de Begoña.


  • Thanks to the height at which it is located, its classic but imposing appearance can be distinguished from different strategic points.


  • The temple of Amatxu (locally named) also has a clock that must be admired, an organ and two dozen bells that manage to transmit different melodies.


  • The morning ends with a visit to the Begoña Basilica, a majestic basilica and one of the churches most loved by local residents.


  • Free


  • 1 h - 2 h

    1 hour and 15 minutes.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sundays open during mass.


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Catedral de Santiago de Bilbao


The most monumental Gothic church in Bizkaia

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


  • It was the first church to be built in the city.


  • The church offers a visit with an audio guide for a value of € 5. This price also includes the church of San Antón. The visit without a guide is free.


  • This Cathedral over the centuries has been restored to preserve its condition. It is very old, since its construction took place at least 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. At the end of the 16th century, part of it was burned, so it required works and reconstructions such as those made in the 18th century of the choir and presbytery.


  • The Cathedral of Santiago belongs to the architectural heritage of the Camino de Santiago within the Basque Country. This heritage includes bridges, hostels, hospitals, churches, cathedrals, buildings designed to meet the needs of pilgrims. It is a World Heritage Site since 2015.


  • The afternoon starts at the Bilbao Cathedral, a sober little cathedral, located in the heart of the city.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h

    40 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 but, especially, fresh products brought daily from the sea or the garden. All this with incredible lighting thanks to 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 the essence of its beginnings throughout its centuries of life. Respect for tradition and the quality of its products, in addition to the variety and freshness, make this market a place where you can find the best of Basque gastronomy.


  • Now is the time to get to know the Mercado de la Ribera, a huge market like the ones from before, the kind that still retain their early 20th century charm.


  • This market has so much variety to choose from that you won't know what to buy. 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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Puente del Ayuntamiento


A nice walk along the estuary

  • Calle de la Ribera is the same street that borders the Mercado, an old street with low and colorful buildings. At the end of it there is a park that you can visit.


  • The Arenal promenade starts there, you have to take the street that goes to your left, the same that borders the estuary and the park will be on your right. There is the Arenal Bridge


  • Continuing the Paseo del Arenal, we will arrive at the Puente del Ayuntamiento, which we will use to cross to the other side of the estuary and thus reach our next destination.


  • On this tour we will see the Town Hall Bridge, we will walk through the Arenal Bridge and we will arrive at Calle de la Ribera.


  • The Calle de la Ribera, dates from the year 1511 when the Consulate of Bilbao was based there.


  • Walking through El Arenal you will see a very nice kiosk. It is built in a circular way, without columns so as not to deprive it of visibility. Underground there is a small cafeteria whose interior is illuminated by the natural light that passes through the windows. Every Sunday, the municipal band of Bilbao entertains from there the afternoons to all who come.


  • The Town Hall Bridge has a privileged view. It opens onto the estuary and, today, continues to link the city center with the upper neighborhoods. Between the town hall, the estuary and the bridge, there is a large sculpture by the Basque artist Jorge Oteiza.


  • The mid-afternoon invites us to explore this part of the estuary on a walk that will take us directly to the next point of our journey through one of the most beautiful areas of the estuary.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h

    1 hour.


  • 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, 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 the same Gran Vía there is a renowned pastry shop, chocolate truffles being its specialty. 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 metro entrances. These glass tubes that go deep into the earth are well worth a photo.


  • The end of 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 done it yet because its stations and exits are worth it and are very famous.


  • 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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Calle del Músico Ledesma


Inescapable custom of Bilbao

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


  • The pintxos must be accompanied with a good drink of txacolí, 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.


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


  • Somera Street, has 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. They have very good pintxos although a little more expensive than other areas.


  • Calle Santamaría, in Casco Viejo, has a good selection of bars and a great 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's for variety, you won't be disappointed and, if it's 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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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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Paseo de la Memoria


An exquisite journey between bridges and estuary

  • We are in the navel of the most contemporary Bilbao, the work of the Argentine architect César Pelli. This space was previously occupied by industrial and port ruins. Today buildings as colorful as the Zubiarte shopping center, the University of Deusto library, or the Iberdrola tower, which is the largest skyscraper in the city at 165 meters, stand here.


  • The Padre Arrupe footbridge connects Abandoibarra with Deusto and the Paseo de la Memoria, with sculptures by Dalí, Chillida, Tücker, Lüpertz


  • The area offers us three design hotels: the 'Gran Domine', decorated by Mariscal; the 'Miró Hotel', creation of the couturier Toni Miró, and the 'Meliá Bilbao', a volume inspired by Chillida, the work of Ricardo Legorreta.


  • Ending in Casilda Park.


  • We will see the Paseo del Memorial, the Pedro Arrupe Footbridge, the University of Deusto, the Deusto Bridge and the Casilda Park.


  • Pedro Arrupe Footbridge: This wooden and steel footbridge only allows pedestrian passage, but it is enough to join two large buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the University of Deusto.


  • Deusto Bridge: it is a drawbridge, one of the most peculiar in the city. And the fact is that, splitting in half as if it were plasticine, it allowed the passage of the large ships that left Bilbao loaded with mineral. It was inaugurated in 1936. The Iberdrola tower, one of the last skyscrapers in Bilbao, watches over this incredible piece of engineering from nearby.


  • Casilda Park: it has a duck pond, a classic-style carousel, a cybernetic fountain, where water shows are held at night, and a stage to host performances.


  • We dedicate the rest of the morning to this special tour, designed to touch important points of the city and not miss anything.


  • Free


  • 2 h - 4 h

    2 hours and 30 minutes.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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Puente Euskalduna


The bridge of the shipyards

  • Next to it, the Euskalduna palace, the Maritime Museum with the Carola crane and the San Mamés stadium. On the other side, the Tigre building roars off the last bridge in Bilbao.


  • Under this bridge, we find the Maritime Museum of the city, a space that together with the dry dock ships and the Carola crane form one of the historical spaces of the city.


  • On the other side of the estuary, on the other shore, we find the Tigre building, a building that owes its name to the huge sculpture that we find at its highest point. This building was built in 1940 as the headquarters of the Correas del Tigre company, but it was not until two years later that its notorious sculpture was introduced.


  • Built in 1997, this bridge links road and pedestrian traffic between the Sagrado Corazón and Botica Vieja, using part of the old Euskalduna shipyards as a support. An emblem of industrial Bilbao, and it takes its name from them.


  • The construction of this bridge prevents access to vessels that are taller than the eye of the bridge, which has closed the upper part of the Bilbao estuary to large boats and has made the opening of the drawbridges of Deusto and the City Council.


  • Let's get to know the Euskalduna bridge as the first point of the afternoon, which is part of the wonderful bridges that link the city.


  • Free


  • 0 min - 15 min

    15 minutes.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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Grúa Carola


Bilbao and the sea

  • It is located next to the Euskalduna Palace and explains the history and evolution of the estuary, the shipyards and the Basque naval industry.


  • They usually have some temporary exhibitions and occasionally the presence of unique boats.


  • Outside the building, in addition to some warehouses, is the famous Carola crane, 60 meters high. It owes its name to a beautiful woman, called Carola, who when she passed by, production stopped because all the workers were spellbound.


  • Tickets can be purchased on the website and has reduced tickets and large families.


  • The collection of the Bilbao Maritime Museum, located in the former premises of the Eukalduna shipyard, is based on elements and objects that refer to the maritime activity of the Bilbao Estuary and its Port, as well as maritime culture in general, with special attention to the pieces that maintain a close relationship with the men and women protagonists of the maritime history of our town.


  • Continuing our journey we arrive at a dynamic place, close and open to the participation of society, which offers the visitor a unique experience in which to discover the culture and maritime heritage of Bilbao and Bizkaia, the city's Maritime Museum.


  • Family: € 3 per person. Minimum 2 adults and 1 minor.


  • General € 6.


  • Children under 6 years old, free.


  • Audio guide € 2.


  • 30 min - 1 h

    1 hour.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    From October 27 to March 31, Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 10:00 - 20:00. Closed Monday. From March 31 to October 27, Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 - 20:00. Closed Monday. Tuesday free entry, except the months of July and August.


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Euskalduna Bilbao


A city with a musical soul

  • Most of the famous plays that are performed in the city are staged here, as well as the entire opera season, all kinds of classical music concerts, etc. This in relation to the Music area, but it has other rooms dedicated to presentations and conferences.


  • The building where it is built and its strategic location make this place one of those that you cannot stop looking at, at least from the outside.


  • The palace also organizes different shows, guided tours on Saturdays that can be booked through its website, as well as the purchase of advance tickets.


  • It is a modern congress and events center that welcomes top-level international artists. It has a transgressive design in which the trees made of metal stand out from the exterior of the building. It is always a good option to go to one of their usual shows. The surroundings are ideal for strolling through the gardens next to the estuary. In them you can see a sculpture of the great Salvador Dalí, who represents the muse of dance.


  • As an emblem of modernity, its shape is a faithful tribute to the old steel and marine industry of the town. It looks like a spaceship that leaves the estuary to present its most harmonious chords without roaring.


  • When arriving at the Euskalduna Palace, some say that every walk through Bilbao should start here.


  • Free


  • 0 min - 15 min

    15 minutes.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Box office hours, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, closed.


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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 ended the afternoon 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.


  • 2 h - 4 h

    2 hours and 30 minutes.


  • 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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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 longer ships loading and unloading, nor are the tracks where the train left for the left bank. There are no longer even the Capitol cinemas that the inhabitants of Bilbao enjoyed for decades. But the Ria is still there, as solemn and majestic as ever, now much cleaner, but as always giving us an incomparable view.


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


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


  • A good option to get to the ripa dock area is to do it by subway, getting off at Abando station and doing the tour on foot until you reach the dock.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h

    1 hour.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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Mirador Oeste Punta Galea


A view that will take your breath away

  • To get here you can do it by car on the highway from Bilbao in just 20 minutes or also with the Bilbao metro, getting off at the Ibarbengoa or Bidezabal stations.


  • La Galea is a promenade located on the Getxo coast and from where you can enjoy the best panoramic views of Puerto del Abra. With a great similarity to the famous white stoneware cliffs of Normandy in France and Dover in England, this recreation area for locals and visitors has extensive natural spaces where you can enjoy contact with nature.


  • An area full of tourist interest where it will be difficult for you to choose a few and you will want to see all of them.


  • The Aixerrota Mill: built in the 18th century, it is the only one that still stands, although it ceased to be used in 1787.


  • Andra Mari Church: it was where the first population center arose in Getxo in the 12th century.


  • La Galea Fort: This is an 18th century fortification. It is the only example of military construction from this century that has been preserved throughout Bizkaia to this day.


  • The La Galea Lighthouse: The first La Galea lighthouse dates from around 1782. The current lighthouse was inaugurated in 1950.


  • Aizkorri Beach: On this beach you will find the "golden nail", a distinctive that is awarded to those places of special singularity and properties in the world of stratigraphy.


  • Wild Beach: here it is common to practice paragliding and surfing. It has nudist areas.


  • Our morning and part of the afternoon will be dedicated to Getxo and the attractions that this town brings us: estuary, sea, cliffs, beaches, architecture, a suspension bridge and a neighboring town. All this in one day.


  • 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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Puerto viejo


A place that transports you to another time

  • 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.


  • We now continue through the Old Port of Algorta, a most picturesque place, which maintains its harmony of 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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Guecho


The luxury of the Cantabrian

  • Located 12 km from Bilbao by car. If your arrival in Getxo is by metro, at the Gobela, Neguri or Aiboa stations you will be in Getxo.


  • It is only three kilometers to enjoy the breeze while observing viewpoints, columns, arches, chimneys, towers and more decorative details framed in styles such as old-English and Basque regionalism.


  • The large residential villas of Getxo were classified in 2001 as Cultural Asset, with the category of Monumental Complex. Many of them are lined up along the Las Arenas dock and the Campa del Loro, configuring a three-kilometer walk along the seafront that allows you to relive the city's heyday.


  • The right bank of the estuary is dotted with beautiful houses from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the era of Getxo's greatest splendor; the most curious, those designed by Manuel María Smith, in the Old English and Reina Ana style.


  • The Getxo marina was inaugurated in 1997 and the first to be built in the Basque Country, it is equipped with the best facilities and services for yachting and for boats in transit to other destinations.


  • In addition, it has a ludic-commercial area dedicated to leisure, full of shops, restaurants and hotels.


  • Getxo Aquarium is also located here. This place, which aims to divulge the secrets of maritime life, offers the visitor a perfect plan to do with the family.


  • Now is the time to enjoy a romantic, distinguished and elegant area that used to be the cradle of large mansions that can still be seen today, where we find the famous Vizcaya suspension bridge and the best beaches in the area.


  • Free


  • 2 h - 4 h

    2 hours and 30 minutes.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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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.


  • 15 min - 30 min

    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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Muelle de Hierro de Portugalete.


The other side of the bridge

  • The wharf favored the development of port activity in Bilbao, making it one of the safest in the State, as well as being a meeting point and a very popular walk for the inhabitants of the area. Walking to the lighthouse, at the end of the Iron Pier, the visitor can enjoy the views of such emblematic places as the Ría and the Hanging Bridge.


  • This city is a place of passage if you do the Camino de Santiago del Norte.


  • The historic center of this noble Basque town, declared a Monumental Complex in 1996, treasures corners, streets and squares of great antiquity, with paved pavement made with stones called “rebollos”.


  • The Iron Pier of Portugalete was designed by the famous engineer Evaristo Churruca, with the aim of facilitating navigation and avoiding accidents and shipwrecks. Its construction began in 1881 and was completed in 1887. It has a length of 800 meters; the first 600 meters are built in an iron frame and the remaining 200 in stone.


  • Portugalete is an old medieval town that was the scene of passionate chivalric fights and is located at the mouth of the Nervión. It also has the Suspension Bridge and many places to visit.


  • We crossed the Hanging Bridge and we were discovering the pier and the city of Portugalete.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h

    1 hour.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours


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Santurce/Santurtzi


Recognized as the city of sardines

  • Less than 3 kilometers from Portugalete, 10 minutes by car and you can even walk there, we find this coastal city.


  • Here you have the possibility to eat their appetizing grilled sardines, as the song says, as well as other seafood.


  • Next to the Oliol Palace, today a hotel, there is a viewpoint over the Bahía del Abra, from which you can see a beautiful panoramic view of both the port of Santurce and Getxo that is right in front of it.


  • The fishing port is a place where you travel, here is the Virgen del Carmen, patron saint of Santurce.


  • Located on the banks of the Abra, it looks out to sea at an altitude of 6 meters, from the foot of Mount Serantes.


  • The Town Hall, a building from the beginning of the 20th century, and the parish of the Virgen del Mar, also from the beginning of the 20th, you will find at your feet.


  • Also the Casa Torre Palace, an 18th century building, the Church of San Jorge, of Romanesque origin. Almost on the outskirts you find the Monument to the Sardinera, which as its name suggests is a tribute to the sardineras.


  • To end the afternoon we will move to Santurce, a neighbor of Portugalete and with a tradition that is preserved until today, its sardines.


  • Free


  • 1 h - 2 h

    2h


  • 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 Mayor Iñaki Azkuna, who was the biggest driver for the renovation of the building in 2015.


  • Our night will be spent in 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 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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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe


One of the treasures of the Basque Country

  • Once in the hermitage while we contemplate the panoramic views, we comply with the tradition that says that if we ring the bell three times we can make a wish and drive away evil spirits.


  • Admission is free, but if you are thinking of visiting Gaztelugatxe between 10 am and 7 pm, it will be necessary to purchase a ticket. Outside these hours, access is free.


  • The hermitage has a free visit, to be able to take photos inside we must pay € 1. The hermitage's opening hours are: Tuesday to Saturday: 11 am to 6 pm and Sundays: 11 am to 3 pm.


  • The islet is a dominant rock that simulates a castle in the sea. Its name can be given two meanings: Gaztelu-aitz (castle rock) and Gaztelu-gache (rough or difficult castle), crowned by the hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, dedicated to Juan Bautista.


  • Once at the foot of Gastelugatxe, we are surprised by the beautiful stone bridge that links the mainland and the island. From here we admire the impressive staircases that, zigzagging, lead us to the hermitage.


  • Legend has it that Juan Bautista came to set foot on this island, although it has not been proven. All the way up to Gaztelugatxe we will come across the different Stations of the Cross.


  • To get to the hermitage we must overcome the 241 steps.


  • We dedicate our morning to this spectacular and intriguing islet, which the surroundings of Bilbao give us. A must go place, no matter the weather.


  • Whether for a love of the big screen, photography or nature, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is that place that you must visit once in your life.


  • Many are the followers of the famous series "Game of Thrones" come here to visit Dragonstone, the home of Queen Daenerys.


  • Free


  • 2 h - 4 h

    5 hours.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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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.


  • The morning route begins bordering the Nervión estuary along the Uribitarte promenade, and walking for about fifteen minutes we will find the Zubizur, 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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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.


  • August 1983 was a fatal month 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 Bilbao funicular, which will take us, as more than 200 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.


  • Occasional ticket: € 2.00.


  • 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 bus ride.


  • 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. 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 festivities, 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


  • 2 h - 4 h

    Three hours.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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Mesedeetako Kaia, 1


The show corner

  • In the historic heart of the city, next to the Old Town and a few steps from the Puente de la Merced, is Bilborock, a place full of life and a center of constant synergies. This place has been prepared to host, in addition to music, all kinds of activities of interest to young people, such as cinema, theater, dance, installations, experimentation laboratories, conferences and presentations.


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


  • 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 church converted into a leisure center where you can find a wide range of shows.


  • Variable according to show


  • 94.415.13.06 94.416.17.99


  • 1 h - 2 h

    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.



4 Ratings

dieg_malon

dieg_malon

4 días divertidísimos visitando museos, iglesias y áreas verdes. Todo variado y hermoso. Valió la pena el gasto, recomiendo el itinerario de esta guía. lo pasaras súper.

04/08/2020

josemartin

josemartin

Excelente para no perderse nada de esta magnífica ciudad. Y que buena comida qué tiene!!

26/07/2020

desiree

desiree

Perfecta si vas para unos días y quieres exprimirlos al máximo, viene todo planeado

27/09/2019

misojosviajeros

misojosviajeros

guia completisima como siempre!! deseando ir para conocer todo lo que se indica

17/08/2019