Bilbao Travel Guide

  • Guggenheim Museum & Puppy
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  • Colourful glazing.
    Colourful glazing.
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  • Part of the University buildings.
    Part of the University buildings.
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Bilbao Things to Do

  • Guggenheim Museum & Puppy

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    There are some very interesting sculptures outside the museum and in the atrium “Puppy” stands outside the museum. This giant dog designed by Jeff Kuntz has a wire frame, an interior watering system, and 25 tons of soil supporting the plants that cover it. It was intended to be a temporary exhibit at the museum’s opening, but people loved it and...

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  • Old Town + Cathedral - Casco Viejo & El...

    Listen, I've lived in Lanzarote for too long. I am used to the lazy pace of life on a sun drenched hot island. I fully embrace the word mañana and know how the relentless heat slows your pace. I wasn't really expecting that level of chill out in a city... especially one that's much cooler and more trendy.......but I have been happily surprised by...

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  • Near Bilbao...around Vizcaya / Bizkaia

    It´s located in Gatika, a rural village between Mungia and Urduliz. You can go to Urduliz by metro and then take a bus to Mungia. Ask the bus driver for more information. It´s a castle in the middle of a forest near a river. You can go inside for about 5-6€. Once or twice a year they orgaize medieval markets.

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Bilbao Hotels

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Bilbao Restaurants

  • No Service, no smile!!!

    I had to review this restaurant, not because of the fabulous food and service, but because of the absolutely appalling service. It's so bad it's almost comedic!!Like several of the restaurants in this area, this restaurant does a midday menu (three courses, with wine, water and bread for about €19 per person). Now obviously the restaurant is busy,...

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  • Pintxo hopping in Casco Viejo

    I soon discover, around the corner of my hotel, a quarry of shops with no traffic. Very Covent Garden. Gifts, clothes, shoes, tabac, correos, beads. Small friendly bars dotted around with tables and chairs outside with their parasols up against the sun of the hot August afternoon. I peruse menus at restaurants, I stop and listen to musicians, I...

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  • Where I Did Eat

    Admittedly I'd been kinda nervous about entering my first bar here. These are very much local's haunts, busy with people who have come to have a nibble and to read the morning's paper, shoppers stopping off for a respite from their retail therapy and have a natter or business folks conducting their meetings in a far more civilised environment than...

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Bilbao Nightlife

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  • Pub Witch

    Discover of the trip , I found this place while having a walk on the night of Bilbao, lost of drinks , cocktails and great music .People working there are very very helpfull , you can use it as a tourist info office A place for everyone

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  • More Post Match drinks

    If you are attending a football match at the nearby San Mames Stadium then this is an ideal spot for a pre or post match drink. The bar is usually full of friendly Athletic Club supporters.We were doing a bit of a post match bar crawl, and this was our second stop of the evening. A very decent bar with friendly natives.The walls of the bar are...

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  • Post Match Drinks

    If you are attending a football match at the nearby San Mames Stadium then this is an ideal spot for a pre or post match drink. The bar is usually full of friendly Athletic Club supporters.When I visited the bar, they couldn’t have been friendlier, although they had just won, so maybe the atmosphere is a little bit different if Athletic lose.The...

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Bilbao Transportation

  • Airport

    The green airport bus departs from outside the airport arrivals area going into Bilbao every 30 minutes. It has four stops. Many hotels are located near the stops. It is a small enough city to walk, if you do your homework before you leave, you could save money and time waiting for other forms of transport. It stops: Alameda Rekalde (closest to...

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  • Underground - Metro

    From outside the airport building I boarded the lime green Bizkaibus Bus to the city center. The journey cost me 1.40 euros. Even though It is August, there are only 10 other travelers on the bus. It is a 20 min ride through lush green scenery to Termibus, where trams, buses & the metro go everywhere else into the city, the rest of Spain and even...

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  • by Tram

    The tram is an easy way to get around if you don’t want to walk. Get your ticket from the ticket machine, and then validate it in the next machine (Required) Any distance is the same price, but it isn’t on-and-off. If you get off, you need another ticket to get back on.

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Bilbao Shopping

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  • Regional produce of Bilbao

    Up early, showered & out of my hotel by 9am & walked 5 minutes from Puente Arenal (bridge) to the ultra modern, spotlessly clean La Ribera Market,. the Guiness book of records say it is the biggest indoor market in Europe. I can't resist tracking this food market down even tho I am staying in a hotel. It is a good indicator of the quality and type...

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  • Food and Everything else

    The Corte Inglese department store has a large grocery store on the 6th floor, and they are cheaper than the small groceries around town. On one side of the floor, they have a large selection of gourmet foods imported from other European countries; the other side is a well-stocked regular Spanish grocery store.

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  • Everything under one roof!

    A shopping trip to El Corte Inglés is part of every typical trip to Spain. There is not much difference between El Corte Inglés and any department store in any other developed country (except things like prices and quality of service), but it is one of those typical Spanish experiences that every visitor should have. You can purchase pretty much...

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Bilbao Local Customs

  • My kingdom for a Euro!

    I have never had as much trouble getting money exchanged as I did in Bilbao.Most banks don’t exchange foreign currency, and neither does the Bilbao airport. Take Euro with you, or plan on using ATM machines. If you do get stuck, like I did, there are two big banks that have exchange desks—BBVB at 12 Gran Via, and Santander at 4 Gran Via. The other...

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  • Dual language signs

    Bilbao and the other Basque areas have two official languages, and street signs in Bilbao are in both—Basque on one side of the street, and Spanish on the other.The Basque language (Euskara) is in a category all its own—it isn’t related to other language groups, and it is nothing like Spanish.

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  • Aste Nagusia (Local festivities)

    The Aste Nagusia (literally "Big Week") of Bilbao takes place the 3rd week of august and there are many events and shows that week in the city, including bullfightings. People go out at night for dinner, a drink, walking along the lively streets and there are temporary bars (txoznas) in the streets.

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Bilbao Warnings and Dangers

  • Picking and Packing a Rucksack

    Picking and Packing a RucksackI can’t overemphasize the importance of having a good fitting, well packed rucksack and this “Tip” is to try to explain the best way of achieving this – Based on my own experiences for over 20 years of Long Distance walking, Trekking in Nepal and Camino Walking First of all, choosing your rucksack.Rucksacks come in...

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  • Political situation

    You will probably have read a lot about the Basque terrorist group ETA. You will even find a lot of posters in the streets supporting its activities. It is even possible that you encounter some demonstrations or even riots, but this is not very usual and is not dangerous for the visitors.

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  • DEUSTO: Lehendakari Aguirre St.

    Lehendakari Aguirre Street in Deusto, is the main st. in this neightbourhood. It´s a very active street during the day, many people walking, students going to the university, shopping centers, etc.But the situation changes at night. In the last year it has become the party area for some marginal groups. South americans, north africans, gypsies,...

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Bilbao Tourist Traps

  • Guggenheim - don't bother

    The much acclaimed Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is not worth the effort. Yes I know some will want my blood for such heresy. The building is worth a visit if you happen to be in the area and yes it is spectacular, but the exhibitions left me wondering about the future of art.I failed to see the artistic merit in displaying large pieces of broken...

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  • Sunday only for museums

    EVERY shop in closed on Sunday including one before Christmas.Only museums are open Remenber that you are not in Spain, so you will not find classical Spanish behaviour, thay are not angry with you they are Vascos Don'y worry is a very safe city.

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  • Hablá Español? Euskera?

    The only trap here will be your lack of Spanish! Because Bilbao is so delightfully untouristy, you will really need to know a few phrases. If you didn't have a few years of high school Spanish, take a pocket phrase book. Better yet, make some Spanish friends and let them translate for you! English is spoken at the Guggenheim and there are English...

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Bilbao What to Pack

  • Camino Kit List

    Rucksack and Pro-TectorSleeping BagThurlo x 2Inner sock x 2Evening sock x 2Gloves ?Head-bandSun-hatWaterproof JacketLong Sleeved T-shirt x 1Short "" "" "" "" "" x 2Trekking Boxers x 2Big Towel Wash Gear Sun BlockSandalsShorts x 1Fleece jumperFirst Aid pack + Any extra medicationGlassesCamera + extra batteriesBattery chargerWater BottlePocket...

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  • Keep your Rucksack Safe -- Keep your kit...

    If you are travelling Anywhere and using a Rucksack / Backpack as your luggage then I would Strongly recommend that you use some form of Rucksack / Backpack Pro-tector !!This tip is from my own personal experience, as I have had Big Problems having my Rucksack damaged or even destroyed by airlines, particularly on Airport Carousels,What can happen...

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  • TWO PIN PLUG

    If you happen to carry any electrical stuff like hair dryers or just a simple charger for your mobile telephone - you will have to take into account that the electrical systems admit only the 2 pin round plug as shown in the picture. If you are coming in from Britain you might want to buy an adapter to be able to use your stuff in Spain. It may...

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Bilbao Off The Beaten Path

  • Near Bilbao

    Another old funicular railway and a very picturesque one can be found in a town on the left bank of the Nervion, between Bilbao and the sea. It starts in the town of Trapagaran which can be reached both by Bizkaibus and RENFE (commuter train). If you use the latter, get off at the station from Barakaldo, and there is a connecting Bizkaibus service...

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  • Day Trip to San Sebastian

    If you fancy a break from the city, catch a bus from Bilbao's Termibus Bus Station to San Sebastian on the Basque coast. The journey takes about 90 minutes. Be careful to sit in your allocated seat on the bus. I didn't realise the tickets were numbered and caused a commotion by sitting in someone else's seat. The bus was only a third full but...

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  • Larreineta and Arboleda

    Another old funicular railway and a very picturesque one can be found in a town on the left bank of the Nervion, between Bilbao and the sea. It starts in the town of Trapagaran which can be reached both by Bizkaibus and RENFE (commuter train). If you use the latter, get off at the station from Barakaldo, and there is a connecting Bizkaibus service...

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Bilbao Sports & Outdoors

  • San Mamés Stadium

    San Mamés Stadium, home to Athletic Club Bilbao. It is an all seater ground with a capaicity of 39,750.It is built rather like an English Premier League ground, with the crowd being very close to the pitch. Easy to get into and the locals are as frindly as they come.The team colours of red and white stripes also come from England, Southampton to be...

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  • Herri Kirolak (Sports of the People)

    The Basque Country has his own sports. Some of them are also played in other places of the world. I´m going to quote them, and then I´ll explain them individually.* Harrijasotzaileak: Stone lifters.* Haizkolariak: Woodcutters.* Cesta Punta a.k.a Jai Alai: ''Fronton'' play with a basquet.* Eskupilota: ''Fronton'' play with the hand.* Txinga Erute:...

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  • Eztropadak

    It is a ship race. This sport was born when basque people used to fish wales,cods or sardines. It was important to arrive to the place before than the other fishermen if you wanted to fish more and better fishes.-There are several ship kinds: * Trainerak: 12 rowers and the skipper. * Trainerillak: 6 rowers and the skipper. * Batela: 4 rowers and...

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  • Museums

    You have to see the Guggenheim: and keep on seeing it, at different times of the day, on different days. It always looks different. As a work of art it's a masterpiece. As an art-gallery, it fails. Here, form does not follow function. On the outside it overshadows both the (not small, or un-noticeable) Jeff Koons' "puppy", nor the equally...

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  • Cultural background

    I think a good way to find out about a culture is to listen to their music whether tradtional or modern. While in Bilbao and Basque Country I discovered an artist by the name of Fermin Muguruza. His music is sung in Basque and is political in nature but fun to listen to. Once i arrived back at home I checked out his website and the lyrics were also...

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  • Basque Country

    If you take a little tour along the basque coast north of Bilbao, you should stop at Matxitxako Cape, a lighthouse between Bakio and Bermeo. You must take a little road that goes to the cape from the main road Bakio-Bermeo. After 8 kilometres of nice woods and coast landscapes you arrive to this peaceful end, from where you have nice views of the...

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