Things to do in

Bilbao

This port city offers a pretty coastline, mountainous landscapes, and a taste of Basque culture and cuisine.

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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.

  • Zubizuri

    4. Zubizuri

    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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Bilbao

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Planning Your 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.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • 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

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,058 reviews

A wonderful trip, perfect as an introduction to what the Basque Country has to offer. Our guide Stefane (hope I got the spelling right)was just incredible, his depth of knowledge of the history and geography/geology of the area was fantastic. He told his stories with wit and humour and kept us interested to know more. I will for sure be coming back to this most beautiful part of Spain to learn more.

We were alone as a couple with the guide, so very cozy and interesting. The guide was also very attentive and helpful when I lost my wallet. Javier is truly a fantastic man and very committed to his audience. Great experience, thank you very much!!!

Muy buena experiencia todo muy cercano y bien explicado no habría disfrutado del museo y alrededores sin este apoyo Muy recomendable

A really nice way to see the city, and our guide was very informative. We highly recomend everybody to try this.

I went with my partner and everything was perfect. We will surely repeat another experience.