Plentzia, to give it the Basque spelling, is located at the end of the Bilbao Metro (approx. 45 minutes from town) and is a pleasant seaside resort with very pleasant beaches. From the metro, cross the bridge and follow the river round to the harbour and beach.
During our visit to Bilbao in December 2012, we were keen to pay a visit to a nearby beach.
I did some reading up online before our visit and established that there are several beaches within a short distance of the city that can easily be reached by Metro.
The nearest beaches to the city, located in the Getxo area, are Playa de Ereaga (Metro: Neguri) and Playa de Arrigunaga (Metro: Bidezabal). However, I also read that these beaches were blighted by ugly factory views and that it is better to go further afield to the beaches at Sopelana and Plentzia.
We therefore decided to take the Metro from Bilbao to the town of Plentzia; the final and northernmost station on Bilbao's Metro line.
The following information was correct as at the time of our visit:
Metro: Bilbao to Plentzia
If you are staying in the centre of Bilbao, it is likely that you'll begin your Metro journey in Zone A. Zone A includes all the stations between San Inazio and Bolueta. Plentzia is in Zone C, and is reached via Zone B. The Metro journey from the centre of Bilbao to Plentzia thus incorporates 3 fare zones.
The cost of a one way ticket incorporating 3 fare zones is €1.70, while the cost of a return ticket incorporating 3 fare zones is €3.40. We purchased all day tickets which allowed us unlimited rides within all 3 fare zones for just €4.60.
We caught the Metro from San Mames. The journey time from there to Plentzia was a little under 40 minutes. Most of the stations within the centre of the city are about 1 or 2 minutes apart, so the journey, for example, from Casco Viejo to Plentzia is around 45 minutes.
Trains depart from Plentzia back to the centre of Bilbao approximately every 20 minutes.
The Metro station in Plentzia enjoys a pleasant riverside setting near the impressive Puente de Calatrava bridge. After exiting the station, cross over this bridge and it is a pleasant 15-20 minutes riverside walk to the vast Plentzia-Hondartza beach.
Plentzia is easily accessible by Metro from Bilbao for a couple of Euros. It is at the end of Line 1
The Iberians paseo - take a gentle walk with family to show off best clothes, children, etc.. This paseo may well take in bars. There is normally a focus for the paseo, typically the central plaza.
Here in Plentzia it appear to be the Plaza del Astillero (shipyard place), replete with bandstand.