Day Trips from Bilbao

By Viator, April 2016

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Situated just a short drive from the coast, and not far from the western border of Basque Country, Bilbao makes for a perfect starting point to go on some of northern Spain's most idyllic day trips. Grab a rental car or hop on a bus to visit these top destinations near Bilbao.

San Sebastián
Hungry to get to the heart of Basque culture? Satisfy your craving – literally -- by heading just an hour’s drive away to San Sebastián. Considered by many as the culinary capital of Spain, this is the place to inundate your taste buds with pintxos (Basque Country's take on tapas) and try local libations like txakoli (a dry white wine). More than just a foodie paradise, the beachside city will inevitably capture your traveling heart with its energy-filled old quarter, and romantic waterside promenade.

Leave Basque Country behind you by taking a one-hour drive west to Santander, capital of the neighboring region Cantabria. This harbor-side city, once nearly obliterated in a great fire, will lure you in with its hilly streets and small coastal-city charm. While there, compare and contrast cuisines, replacing those almost bite-sized Basque pintxos with a giant bowl of cocido montañes (a stew of meat, beans and cabbage) or dessert of arroz con leche (rice pudding).

More than just coastal destinations are worth a visit, though. Steer your sights inland to the city of Vitoria, located just 50 minutes away from Bilbao by car. While often overshadowed by more famous northern cities, Vitoria shouldn’t be overlooked: Not only does it have a killer pintxos scene, but its 13th-century Santa Maria Cathedral served as inspiration for the best-selling novel World Without End.

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Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region

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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 $96.68

San Sebastian and Basque Coast Day Trip From Bilbao

The San Sebastian City and Coastal Tour gives you the opportunity to experience the amazing Basque city of San Sebastain. San Sebastian is one of the most ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $199.05

Deep-Sea Fishing or Whale-Watching Full-Day Excursion from Bilbao

Spend a wonderful day on the choppy blue waters of Bay of Biscay in Basque Country. Toss a light-tackle rod into the deep sea and kick back as you wait for a ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $250.24

City Sightseeing Santander Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

There is no better way to see Santander than on this City Sightseeing double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! See top Santander attractions on this comprehensive ...  Read more

Location: Santander, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $17.06

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