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Bilbao: Guided Pintxos Tour

1. Bilbao: Guided Pintxos Tour

Take a journey to mix with the locals. Take a tour through the bars of the old town of Bilbao with a local guide, who was born in Bilbao. This unique gastronomic experience is a must when visiting the Basque Country. Delve into the lifestyle and traditions of the inhabitants of Bilbao, explore the old part of the city and taste the most traditional pintxos.  Learn about the origin and development of the city by visiting four traditional places to taste typical pintxos, one of the specialties of the exquisite Basque cuisine. The pintxo is the Basque version of the Spanish tapa and is taken with a typical drink, usually wine or txakoli. They are delicious gourmet sandwiches that you can find everywhere.

Bilbao: Guided Txacoli Wine Tasting

2. Bilbao: Guided Txacoli Wine Tasting

Discover Txacoli wine on a guided cellar tour and tasting session departing from Bilbao. Explore a century-old cellar and learn more about viticulture in the Basque Country, with a selection of delicious local food products for lunch. Travel to the farmhouse located outside the city. Take a guided tour of the winery and learn about the rich wine tradition of the region, specifically the tradition of Txakoli wine. Learn about the process of making Txakoli with soft, young, fruity flavor characteristic of the region. Hear about the important place this wine has in local culture and regional history. The visit ends on the terrace of the winery, where you can admire impressive views of the vineyards and the slopes of the valley. Then, enjoy a glass of fresh Txakoli, with snacks of typical products from the area. After your tour and tasting, return to central Bilbao.

Bilbao: Guided Group Tour with Tapas and Drinks Included

3. Bilbao: Guided Group Tour with Tapas and Drinks Included

The gastronomy in the Basque Country is known for its quality all over the world, although we know that nowadays internet overwhelms us with information, and get to the appropriate place to taste the best recipes and products can be a matter of luck. That’s why we designed a tasting menu of “pintxos” and pairing with local wines, to guarantee that you enjoy of the best quality. Our local guides will take you into a culinary trip by the gastronomical traditions that make us stand out, a cuisine focused on the quality products and the know-how that gave the success to the Basque chefs, from the bars to the Michelin-starred restaurants. In Bilbao stands out the cuisine rooted to tradition and in San Sebastián a more creative cuisine, both of them a delight for the five senses. Besides tasting with us the best gastronomy and giving you personalized suggestions following your preferences, we have some surprises for you… Come with us and discover them! What are the “pintxos”? They are the most popular miniature cuisine in the Basque Country. This name comes from the verb “pinchar” (prick) in Spanish, but in the Basque Language we write it with “tx” instead of “ch”. That’s because originally we pricked with a toothpick the product or tiny dish upon a basis of bread. But nowadays the cuisine evolved and there are just some pintxos that looks this way. Nowadays we find a world of flavours in small size… from a simple quality product to a complex cooking. When we eat pintxos we take one or two of them and we do bar hopping to taste the best pintxos in every bar. That’s how we will do it in the tour!

Bilbao: The High End Food Walking Tour

4. Bilbao: The High End Food Walking Tour

Bilbao has evolved into a true gastronomic and architectural hotspot. It's a city with hundreds of bars, each with their own set of traditions and specialties. On this Bilbao food tour, one of our guides will accompany you, taking you to the unique places in town, away from the tourist traps. During our Bilbao Food Tour, you'll learn which pintxos (Basque tapas) to order in each location, how the Basques serve their dishes, and, of course, the most traditional plates and drinks. Your Bilbao food tour will be led by an expert culinary guide, allowing you to sample the best Basque cuisine. You will sample high-end Basque cuisine, including the number one pintxo, the gilda, the best cod, and the super tasty Cantabric crab, among many others. Your guide will also help you understand the origins and ingredients of each dish you try. We will recommend various local drinks to pair with your food in each location, ranging from red wine and Basque cider to Txakoli white wine and craft beers. If you prefer, you can always substitute non-alcoholic beverages for the drinks recommended in each bar. Bilbao is a very walkable city, and our Bilbao food tour will allow you to explore the city's hidden corners on foot. Depending on the day, the itinerary may include visits to the Old Town, markets, or the expansion's newer areas. We will stop in bars and cafés along the way as you learn about the city's history, culture, and customs.

Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Visit & Private Walking Food Tour

5. Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Visit & Private Walking Food Tour

Enjoy a Bilbao adventure that combines two of life's greatest pleasures: food and art. Become mesmerized by the asymmetrical shapes of the Guggenheim Museum's titanium facade and visit its diverse modern art exhibits. Join a guided walking tour through local hotspots to try some traditional pintxos. Step into the Guggenheim with your included admission ticket and browse through the iconic masterpieces of Andy Warhol, Anselm Kiefer, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Get to know the work of Basque artists, such as sculptors Eduardo Chillida and Jorge Oteiza. As you walk through a selection of Impressionist, Modern, and contemporary art pieces, learn why the museum was constructed and how it has impacted Bilbao's prosperity in recent decades. Learn some more about the city's history on a leisurely stroll around the Old Town after your museum visit. Visit Europe's largest covered food market to see the ingredients used in typical cuisine. Stop at a couple of popular bars to taste local craft beers and 'pintxos'. Finally, head over to Plaza Nueva for lunch and have a glimpse into the lifestyle and culture of the city.

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What people are saying about Bilbao

The tour was great our guide Javi was very sweet and super personable. He even loaned me some cash because I didn’t have enough for the wine that I purchased The txacoli winemakers were a very nice married couple, we felt like family by the end of the tour. The only thing that could’ve been better was the “ lunch” we were expecting a full lunch but just had a anchovy tapa. For the price of the tour I was expecting more food. But overall I enjoyed the tour I would just recommend bringing cash and eating before you come. Thanks again Javi he is the best!

Worth to visit. A hostess who cooks well and gets the best out of the tour. Beautiful views and of course delicious wines tasted. The guide (Experia Norte) knew everything about the city. We got a lot of history.

We were 2 groups of 8 people and meet at the end of the tour in the same bar. The price per person is relatively high, but the convenience of not having to arrange anything and pay is counter to this.

Super knowledgeable and fun host, great selection of bars, great English. Did not expect that much background about the history, city and dishes: great tour, thank you Rita, well done!

very nice tour in the old town

We were just a small group, it was very informative and the guide was very knowledgeable - great pinchos