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Though it isn't the political capital of the Pais Vasco, Bilbao is its cultural and economic heart, a city of almost a million that stretches from the beautiful Bay of Biscay to the foot of the mighty Pyrenees. Fine Basque cuisine reaches its tasty apex in Bilbao's elegant eateries and cute cafés, the city's nightlife rolls well past dawn, and its fabulous festivals offer something for visitors all year round.

Bilbao is both ancient and modern, with buildings that probably date to well before its official founding in the 1300s, such as gloriously Gothic Santiago Cathedral (most recently revamped in the 1500s), as well as modern masterpieces like the famed Guggenheim Museum, its wending ribbons of steel reflected in the Nervión River, and every tourist brochure for the city.

There is no end to the appeal of bustling Bilbao, with enough to keep travelers busy for a weekend or a lifetime.

Practical Info

Bilbao is the Basque Country's most popular destination and important city, and therefore at the heart of regional transport. High-volume Bilbao Airport (BIO) usually has the best deals and most convenient connections in the Basque, with direct flights to international cities. 

BizkaiBus 3247 connects the airport, city center, and main bus station, where you can catch regular buses throughout the Basque and northern Spain. Bizkaibus line A-3151 connects the city to the port, where you can catc ferries (book in advance if you have a car) to Portsmouth, England. Many travelers consider the Basque's bus system superior to its growing network of trains.

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Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

The famous Rioja Wine region is a must for wine lovers visiting Spain. Located in the south of the Basque country, you will visit the village of Haro, the ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.14

The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Follow the highway towards the east, into the province of Gipuzkoa. On the way to the Sanctuary of Loyola, you will be able to admire the areas of inner Basque ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.14

Bilbao City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Look at Bilbao from a different point of view. Hop on a double-decker bus and discover the highlights of the city.

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $19.13

San Sebastian and Biarritz

4.5 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

Admire the beauty of San Sebastian on a walking tour of the Old Quarter, before enjoying the food at the typical fishing village of Hondarribia. Delight ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.14

Explore the Basque Coast

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Follow the river road of Bilbao towards the coast and admire the old industrial areas that once powered Bilbao. You will visit the Transporter Bridge of ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.47

Elorrio, Oinati and Arantzazu

3 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Discover the most inner areas of the Basque Country - rural villages, palaces, historical buildings and a breathtaking landscape. The essence of the unique ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.47

Scenic Flight of Bilbao and The Basque Coast

See Bilbao and the Basque Country from the air on a Scenic Flight of Bilbao and The Basque Coast. With a professional flight team you will be able to enjoy the ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $230.57

Basque Coast Half Day Sailing Excursion

Became a Basque sailor for a few hours and enjoy the unique natural landscape of the region on the Basque Coast Half Day Sailing Excursion. You will discover ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $201.53

Basque Coast Full Day Sailing Excursion

Explore the Basque coastline onboard a modern sailing boat and be involved as much or as little as you like in the onboard duties as you admire the scenery of ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $263.02

Bilbao Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Me puede llamar un taxi? That's Spanish for can you call me a taxi! Get ready for the battle at Bilbao Airport with hundreds of other holidaymakers trying to ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $36.89

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