Top attractions 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?
Modern and contemporary art lovers will be thrilled with all the specialized works inside this architectural wonder along the Nervion River.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Northern coastal Spain can get pretty rainy. Bring an umbrella and some waterproof shoes.
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.
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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+34
- Best time to visitLate 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
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.
David is well versed and knowledgeable. His was an excellent overview and introduction to Bilbao.
If you enjoy trying out new types of food and meeting new people this is a tour for you. After the first 10-15 minutes it felt like I was out enjoying Bilbao with a group of friends. The guides were extremely easy going and eager to show their city and of course good food. They take you to places they like to eat at so no tourist traps. Definitely recommend this tour.
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 !
Ainhoa, our guide, was wonderfully warm, friendly and knowledgeable. Her introduction to the culture, history and mythology of Bilbao and the Basque people was informative and fascinating, and she was very gracious in assisting us to navigate Bilbao and find restaurants, shops and other sites. Thank you so much, Ainhoa!