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Bilbao, the city where industry thrives and footballs never stop spinning! And yet, it’s one of our favourite travel destinations! Searching for cheap air tickets to Bilbao? The capital of the Basque Country and Spain’s sixth largest city is a popular tourist hotspot, so you’d better hurry; the queues at the Guggenheim Museum are not getting any shorter! Industrial Bilbao has given its place to a new era of art, museums, galleries and youth. Book your accommodation in Bilbao at the cheapest hotels you’ll find in the city, pick a side of River Nervión and start exploring! In the end you’ll feel refreshed and satisfied – and it doesn’t cost a fortune!
Bilbao is situated at the north-western part of Spain, at the autonomous community of the Basque Country and the Biscay province. It’s a primarily industrial city with a great history of shipbuilding that lead to a further development, despite the difficult times that World War II and the Spanish Civil War brought.
River Nervión divides the city in two, the Old Town (Casco Viejo) of the historical sights, idyllic views and picturesque cafes and the New Town, of the Guggenheim museum and the modern face of Bilbao.Bilbao has undoubtedly become a top travel destination of Europe, playing a key role in the national Spanish arts scene. Proud capital of the Basque country, this is destination that offers much and more to its visitors. In Bilbao one thing is for sure; you’ll never get bored!
Bilbao’s airport (Aeropuerto de Bilbao) is located 9 kilometres north of the city and can be reached by bus No. 3247.
Getting around Bilbao
You can get around Bilbao by metro (2 Lines), buses (Bilbobus) and trams (Euskotran). Fares start at and 0.55€ minimum taxi fare is around 3.61€.
Bilbao’s Old Town, Casco Viejo, is an idyllic labyrinth of streets and alleys, where you’ll find bars and alternative cafes. These streets date back to the 14th century and house some of Bilbao’s most iconic buildings.
Admire the Gothic Santiago Cathedral and go shopping at the Plaza Nueva open market, while you can enjoy special theatre performances at the Teatro Arriaga.
The original theatre, built in 1914, was burnt to the ground and was later rebuilt resembling exactly the Paris National Opera. It’s now a famous landmark of Bilbao and hosts famous performances and concerts.
You can get to the opposite bank of River Nervión by crossing the Puente de Vizcaya, the bridge widely known as the Hanging Bridge. The bridge itself is a beautiful sight – it’s not really hanging – and it’s the city’s oldest one.
Head over to the Guggenheim Museum, to admire the enormous ship-looking building and its extraordinary art collections. It forms part of the New York – Venice – Bilbao Guggenheim Museum complex.If you’re an art lover, continue to the Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes) and see the masterpieces by Picasso, Goya, Gauguin, el Greco and other “giants” of the 20th century.
You’d like to know more on Bilbao’s history? The Maritime Museum (Museo Marítimo Ría de Bilbao) will tell you all there is to know about the long tradition of shipbuilding and trading that lead to the development of the city. Don’t miss the floating exhibitions, in the museum’s surrounding area!
A delicious meal of the traditional Spanish cuisine would be the perfect ending to a fabulous day in Bilbao!Spanish and Basque are Bilbao’s official languages. The level of spoken English by the locals has fairly developed, primarily due to the tourist attraction caused by Guggenheim museum.