Top Tours & Activities 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
I was able to plan my day around the times of the buses - which was very accurate - and the information given on the tour was informative to the point that I will be returning and using the bus to visit some of the previously unknown places pointed out on my last visit.
Friendly bus operator. I took the tour twice in the same day (one hour each time) just to take a second look and listen again the narratives in multiple languages. But hey, the schedule sent me to 17 Lersundi as the meeting point, and that was wrong; the new stop is on Mazzardi right next to the information center, and it took me a while to find the real bus stop. The website should be updated to avoid confusing customers like me!
1: Book this tour on your first morning in the city. 2: Benefit from clean air, no cars in the streets and no crowded squares. 3: Personal guide with good english language to answer all your questions regarding places, politics, food and even demographic issues. 4: Jogging makes you see a lot of the city in just noe hour. AND: your improved health is 100 % complimentary.
The trip visited all the want to see buildings and places, The driver was very courteous and willing to give any assistance needed.
Well worth the effort, it's a great tour with a friendly and well informed guide.