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Top 7 things to do in Bilbao

Bilbao has all the best parts of urban culture and nightlife, while maintaining a small mountain town feel. What to do in Bilbao isn’t the question—what can’t you do here?

Guggenheim Bilbao

Guggenheim Bilbao

Modern and contemporary art lovers will be thrilled with all the specialized works inside this architectural wonder along the Nervion River.

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

The Fine Arts Museum has stood since 1908. Its gigantic collection of more than 6,000 objects from the 12th century to the present day should not be overshadowed by the Guggenheim.

Plaza Nueva

Plaza Nueva

This giant Neoclassical square is surrounded by gift shops, restaurants, Sunday flea markets and folk festivals—the perfect place to take in the local culture.



Walking across this curved steel suspension bridge is a must during your visit. Zubizuri means “white bridge” in Basque, the indigenous language to the region.

The Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall

The Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall

Check the schedule of this monumental expo center—there’s an auditorium for opera, a theater, four conference rooms, eight meeting rooms, a press room, a gallery, and a restaurant.

Doña Casilda Iturrizar park

Doña Casilda Iturrizar park

This century-old park is the green lung of Bilbao. Pack a lunch or a book and relax by the duck pond in this picturesque English-style park.

Teatro Arriaga

Teatro Arriaga

This stunning neo-Baroque opera house shows modern and classical works. Seeing a performance in the golden dome of Arriaga’s hall is an absolute treat.

Planning Your Bilbao Visit

Bilbao Climate: Pack for Rain

Northern coastal Spain can get pretty rainy. Bring an umbrella and some waterproof shoes.

Pintxos Are Not Tapas

The regional pub snack, the pintxo, is called such for its ‘spike’ or toothpick through them, and they’re a staple of Basque culture. Unlike tapas, they’re typically served earlier in the evening, so don’t be surprised when Bilbao restaurants stop serving around 9:00PM or 10:00PM.

Take Advantage of the Bilbao Metro

For a city of its size, Bilbao, Spain, is amazingly well connected. Public transportation is clean, safe and can take you just about anywhere in the city and surrounding countryside—even the beach.

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  • Best time to visit
    Late spring or early fall are the best times to go, when the temperatures are still warm but the crowds are dying down.

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What people are saying about Bilbao

We had a great time and we liked Stefan’s translations.

We had Spanish and English speakers in the bus and Stefan did all the translations perfectly. If you want to see Dragonstone, book this nice tour. I would rather have had psome more time in guernika, but the tree was interesting. Thanks again, Hanna

From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe and Gernika Tour Reviewed by Hanna, 04/05/2019

Very happy that we didn't cancel the tour!

We were thinking of cancelling the tour because of the anounced bad weather. Well, we were very happy that we didn't! It was a very nice way to learn some of the history of Bilbao, far away from the big tourist stuff. And the weather wasn't so bad eventually.

Bilbao: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 11/05/2018

Great day for exploring Spain's wine country!

This was a really fun tour. We had a wonderful guide who gave us good information and made it very enjoyable. The wine tour they provided of a small boutique winery was exceptional. We also loved having some time on our own to explore these two marvelous towns and enjoy a very delicious lunch. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to get a general feel for the area in a one day span. It made us all want to return to the region and explore more.

Vitoria & Rioja Day Tour from Bilbao Reviewed by Carmen, 09/25/2018

David touched on the major sites with smarts and humor.

David is well versed and knowledgeable. His was an excellent overview and introduction to Bilbao.

Bilbao Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour Reviewed by Michele, 06/26/2018

It was wonderful that David could show us Bilbao so effectively.

David, our guide, was friendly, punctual and enthusiastic to tell us about Bilbao. The best sights were introduced and every minute was well spent and enjoyed. Thank you !

Bilbao Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour Reviewed by Stephen, 02/18/2018