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Top Day Trips from Bilbao

By Viator, February 2018

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Not only does Bilbao have ample urban diversions, including the Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim Museum. It’s also just a short hop away from the scenic beauty and culinary riches of the Basque Country. Here are a few of the best day trips to take from Bilbao.

San Sebastian — 63 miles (101 km) away
Set along a spectacular stretch of the cliff-, cove-, and beach-bordered Basque coast, this elegant seaside resort is just over an hour’s drive from Bilbao. A gastronomic hotspot, the city is famed for its world-class culinary scene. Try pintxos (Basque Country tapas) and sip txakoli (a subtly effervescent dry white wine) in atmospheric bars in the historic old town. 

Other Basque Country Towns — distances vary
Other cities within day-tripping reach of Bilbao include Biarritz (92 miles or 148 kilometers away), a sophisticated surf town located just across the border in France, and Vitoria-Gasteiz (39 miles or 62 kilometers away), the inland Basque Country capital, which has a killer pintxos scene, pretty cobbled streets, and a 13th-century church-fortress. Meanwhile, 30 minutes east of Bilbao sits the small market town of Gernika (Guernica; 22 miles or 35 kilometers away). In 1937 the Luftwaffe famously bombed the town—a tragic event that inspired Pablo Picasso to create one of his best-known works, Guernica. While Picasso’s original painting now resides in the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, you can see a copy in the Gernika Peace Museum.

Rural Highlights of the Basque Country and Beyond — distances vary
If you want to swap the buzz of Bilbao for the tranquility of the countryside, Urdaibai Biosphere (about 25 miles or 40 kilometers away) is a convenient place to experience the Basque Country’s natural landscapes. The windswept San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (22 miles or 35 kilometers away), a tiny chapel-topped island connected to the mainland by a 240-step rock causeway, is a must-see for Game of Thrones fans, who may recognize it as Dragonstone from the successful series. Day tours also depart from Bilbao and head north to Spain’s acclaimed La Rioja wine-making region (90 miles or 145 kilometers away). 

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San Sebastian and Basque Coast Day Trip From Bilbao, Bilbao, null
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San Sebastian and Basque Coast Day Trip From Bilbao

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

This   private San Sebastian city and coastal tour gives you the opportunity to experience the amazing Basque city of San Sebastain. San Sebastian is one of ...  Read more

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

From USD $223.83
San Sebastian and Biarritz, Bilbao, Day Trips
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San Sebastian and Biarritz

4.5 star rating: Recommended 58 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 $100.13
Essential Rioja Private Wine Tour from Bilbao, Bilbao, Day Trips
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Essential Rioja Private Wine Tour from Bilbao

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The Essential Rioja Wine Tour Experience is a completely private, customizable wine tour to the famous La Rioja wine-making region. Transport in a comfortable ...  Read more

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

From USD $259.17
Explore the Basque Coast, Bilbao, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Explore the Basque Coast

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 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 $88.35
Game of Thrones: Basque Nature and Towns from Bilbao, Bilbao, Day Trips
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Game of Thrones: Basque Nature and Towns from Bilbao

Explore with us the Basque roots on a Day trip to through Urdaibai Biosphere Reservation. Enjoy a Citytour in Gernika combined with visit in Bermeo and ...  Read more

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

From USD $323.96
The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian, Bilbao, Day Trips
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The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian

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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 $100.13
Bilbao and Guggenheim Museum Private tour, Bilbao, Day Trips
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Bilbao and Guggenheim Museum Private tour

Visit all the must see sights of Bilbao, narrated by a Private Guide. With free pick up and drop off included, all you need to do is enjoy this private tour ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $630.26
Bilbao Full-day Culinary Experience on the Basque Coast, Bilbao, Day Trips
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Bilbao Full-day Culinary Experience on the Basque Coast

Let’s take a break from sightseeing in the city and go on a fascinating journey to  explore the Basque coast ! On this tour I will take you to one of my ...  Read more

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

From USD $259.17
Elorrio, Oinati and Arantzazu, Bilbao, Day Trips
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Elorrio, Oinati and Arantzazu

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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 $88.35
Gaztelugatxe: Reach the top, Bilbao, Day Trips
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Gaztelugatxe: Reach the top

Featured in Game of Thrones, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, whose name means "rock castle" in Basque (gaztelu = castle + aitz = rock), is definitely a must ...  Read more

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

From USD $82.46

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