Why should you go?
Bilbao is a buzzing city, once you stroll into a street, you can't wait to take the next one. Compared to other Spanish cities, the city’s surroundings are much greener, but the climate is accordingly chillier. Bilbao is only twenty minutes away from the coast and it is also nearby numerous ski areas.
The city is super versatile and on top of that super charming with its colorful facades and architectural highlights.
When should you go?
Bilboa is located in the north of Spain. The climate of the city is a little cooler which means that you can visit the city all year round, without having to expect a heat wave in the summer. There is regular rainfall, but even with gray clouds this Basque city remains highly recommended.
Keep in mind that Spaniards take their summer vacations in August. Many bars, restaurants and even shops may be closed during this period.
How to get there?
From Zaventem, Brussels you fly about one hour and forty minutes to Bilbao. From the airport in Bilbao, it takes 15 minutes to get to the city center with a taxi. The ride will cost you around 25 euros.
The bus is a much cheaper alternative. It will take you to the city as of 6 am to midnight for only 3 euros.
Bilbao is a small city. Two nights allow you to visit most of it at ease.
Where to stay
We stayed at Sercotel Hotel Coliseo and were very satisfied with the central location.
Start your day with a wonderful walk through the beautiful Casilda Iturrizar park. Enjoy the oasis of peace in the city.
A visit to the world famous Guggenheim museum is an absolute must do. The entrance fee is 17 euros for an adult and is worth every penny. Calculate approximately 2 to 3 hours for your visit. Afterwards, enjoy a moment and stroll along the Campo de Volantin Pasealekua, the beautiful boulevard next to the water
Be sure to stop by Alhóndiga, the cultural center of the city. Not only can you drink delicious cocktails and swim on its rooftop, but you can also enjoy all the architectural and design characteristics of the property itself.
The main shopping areas are located at the Plaza Moyúa, the Casco Viejo and the Gran Vía.
The Plaza Moyúa is a good place to find high-end brands, while the Casco Viejo, Bilbao’s old town, is packed full of small boutiques and art galleries where you’ll find some outstanding crafts and gifts. You’ll also find plenty of large boutique shops along the Gran Vía.
Best view over town
On the rooftop of the Silken Hotel, close to the Guggenheim museum, you can enjouy a wonderful view over the museum and its surroundings. They also serve delicious cocktails.
Artxanda's Cable Car brings you to Mount Artxanda, the most beautiful viewpoint over the city. The cable car, which is within walking distance of the Guggenheim museum, is open every day from 7 am to 10 pm and runs up every 15 minutes. The ride will cost you just under 4 euros.
Where to eat
✶ Bistro, near the Guggenheim, they serve great menus at reasonable prices
✶ Restaurante Marisqueria Mazarredo, a delicious seafood restaurant
✶ Brass, for breakfast
✶ Mercado de la Ribera, a covered food market
✶ La Despensa del Etxanobe, if you are in for a more refined menu
✶ El Puerto, for the best oysters in the city
Still got some time left?
Still have some time left and fancy a nice walk? You can admire Gaztelugatxeko Doniene at 50 kilometers from Bilbao. The place became world famous by a scene from Game Of Thrones. You can visit this beautiful piece of nature for free and parking is even provided. It is approximately forty minutes' walk from the parking.
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