Catedral de Santiago, Bilbao

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Bilbao: Santiago Cathedral and Old City Walking Tour

1. Bilbao: Santiago Cathedral and Old City Walking Tour

Begin the tour through Bilbao by meeting in the Plaza de Santiago, right in front of Santiago Cathedral. Follow your guide and explore the interior of this local landmark, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy sacred works of art and walk through chapels including Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, Nuestra Señora del Rosario, and San Diego de Alcalá. After leaving the cathedral, continue your tour in the Old Town of Bilbao. Wander through the famous seven streets towards a neighborhood on the banks of the river estuary. Modern shops mix with traditional taverns as you arrive at the Mercado de la Ribera. There, browse traditional products and Basque cuisine before visiting the church of San Antón. Stroll towards Plaza Nueva and gaze upon the Roman neoclassical architecture that surrounds you. Leave through one of the arches of the square towards Plaza Unamuno and you’ll be greeted by a statue of the famous writer Miguel de Unamuno. Learn more about Unamuno’s role in Basque culture, then keep going through the Old Town until you arrive at Paseo del Arenal. At your last stop, take in the sights of the Arriaga Theatre and the Church of San Nicolás.

Bilbao: Cable Car Ride and Pintxos Tour

2. Bilbao: Cable Car Ride and Pintxos Tour

Explore Bilbao on this private half-day tour of the city. Begin by riding the Artxanda Funicular Railway, a cable that leaves every 15 minutes and travels up 770 meters in three minutes. At the top, take in beautiful panoramic views of Bilbao. After enjoying the unique view, return to the city center and begin the pintxos part of the tour. Start at the Arriaga Theater, an icon of times gone by. Discover highlights of the area while sampling pintxos, the soul of Basque cuisine. Continue to stroll through “Casco Viejo” (or Old Town), which is fondly known by its "Seven Streets." Pass by Santiago Cathedral and Plaza Mayor, the former site of the city council, and finish off the day by eating and drinking like a local.

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