Teatro Arriaga Antzokia Tours

If your visit to Bilbao has gotten you into an artistic mood, then embrace that notion with a little theater at the city's Teatro Arriaga. The 19th-century Neo-baroque theater goes easy on the traveler's eyes with an elaborate facade that overlooks the east bank of the Nervión River, and a fancy interior of plush red chairs, golden balconies and ornate crown molding.

This may sound like theater-viewing perfection, but Teatro Arraiga's past hasn't been quite as flawless. Designed by Joaquín Rucoba, the theater was opened in 1890, and dedicated to Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, considered the Mozart of Spain. Flash forward to 1914, when a fire essentially demolished it, followed by other setbacks, such as its closing for a time during the Civil War. Then came threatening floods in 1983, which inundated the structure to the second floor, closing it once more.

The curtain of course rose again, though, and the intimately sized theater – seating some 1,500 people – has welcomed audiences ever since.

Practical Info

Teatro Arriaga is located on the eastern side of the river, near the Casco Viejo (old quarter). You can get there by foot, bus, tram or metro (stop Casco Viejo, or Abando, but you must cross the river). Consult the website for the schedule and to purchase tickets, which are often quite reasonably priced, with possible discounts available.
Address: Plaza Arriaga, 1, Bilbao, Spain
Hours: Most events are held in the evening
Admission: Prices vary per event
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Bilbao and Guggenheim Museum Private tour

Explore top attractions in the Basque Country on this private 4.5-hour Bilbao and Guggenheim Museum tour. Follow a private guide through the pretty streets of Bilbao and admire the architecture for which the city is famous. Along the way, gain insight into the region’s culture and heritage, and take in top landmarks including the neo-baroque Arriaga Theater, City Hall, Ribera Market and the 14th-century Santiago Cathedral. Mingle with the locals along bustling shopping streets, then visit the famous Guggenheim Museum Bilbao — one of the largest museums in Spain.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

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