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How to Spend 2 Days in Bilbao

How to Spend 2 Days in Bilbao

Modernity and tradition come together in Bilbao, the largest city in the Basque Country. With two days to explore, you can sample the best of the compact city’s art, cuisine, and culture, and venture to the countryside. Here’s how.

 

Day 1: Best of Bilbao

**Morning:**Rise early and arrive at the Guggenheim art museum before the crowds do. As one of the city’s most iconic buildings, it’s a must-see for first-time visitors. Explore as part of a private or small-group tour to discover context that’s crucial to understanding the modern art inside. 

**Afternoon:**Spend the afternoon samplingpintxos (Basque tapas) on a food tour of Bilbao— which typically include wine and a market visit—or try your hand at making your own tapas during a cooking class. If you’d rather tick off more sights in less time, opt for a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

  

**Night:**Enjoy the twinkling lights, after-dark views, and local hangouts of Bilbao on an evening tour that stops at Puente Zubizuri and Plaza Unamuno. Then, dine out and try classic Basque dishes such asbacalao a la Vizcaína (cod in a red pepper and onion sauce) ortxangurro (spider crab). Finish with a show at the Euskalduna Palace.

Day 2: Discover the Basque Country

**Morning:**Wake early on day two for a full-day excursion outside of the city limits. Wine lovers won’t want to miss the chance to visit vineyards and sample wines in La Rioja region, while gastronomes can visit the town of San Sebastián, home to several Michelin-starred restaurants.

**Afternoon:**If you prefer culture to cuisine, opt instead for a Game of Thrones-themed day trip into the Basque Country; a half-day visit to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (Dragonstone); or a day trip to Añana Salt Valley and the Basque Country capital, Vitoria.

**Night:**Back in the city, branch out of the Old Quarter and head to the New Town. There, you’ll find some of Bilbao’s best bars and clubs, which prove perfect for a celebratory final night. If you’d rather take it easy, ride the Artxanda Funicular to Artxanda Mountain and enjoy views over Bilbao from above.

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Bilbao: San Sebastian Gastronomic Day Trip

Bilbao: San Sebastian Gastronomic Day Trip

Visit beautiful San Sebastian and learn about its culture, history, and culinary traditions with this tour from Bilbao. You'll start with a walking tour though the old town, followed by the chance to sample "pintxtour" (the local answer to tapas) followed by a trip up to the top of beautiful Mount Igeldo, with plenty of time to explore the its small amusement park.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$475.85
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Essential Rioja Private Wine Tour from Bilbao

Essential Rioja Private Wine Tour from Bilbao

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Discover what makes La Rioja Spain's premier winemaking region on this private, customizable wine tour from Bilbao. Visit two top wineries to taste the bold, fruity red blends that put Rioja on the wine lover’s map, and admire the architectural styles of other estates, including one designed by Frank Gehry. Stroll inside the city walls of the medieval Basque town of Laguardia on a guided walking tour, and enjoy the flexibility of a private tour that's tailored to your group’s interests.
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  • 8 hours
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US$297.40
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The Premier Bilbao Food & Wine Walking Tour

The Premier Bilbao Food & Wine Walking Tour

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Learn all about traditional pintxos (the Basque version of Spanish tapas) on a guided walking tour of Bilbao's bars. At each stop, sample one or two of these delightful little bar snacks accompanied with a glass of wine, beer, or hard cider. Get an insider's perspective of the ancient part of the city that dates back to 1300. Consider booking this tour at the beginning of your Bilbao vacation so you can return to your favorite hotspots for more pintxo sampling.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$118.96
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US$118.96
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Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Ghernika Guided Tour with Hotel Pickup

Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Ghernika Guided Tour with Hotel Pickup

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Visit iconic San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, aka the castle rock, during this full-day tour that includes stops in Bermeo and Gernika. Climb the narrow, winding steps connecting this castle built high on a rocky island to the mainland and overlook the sea and stunning landscape. Featured on the HBO show “Game of Thrones”, this tour lets you visit “Dragonstone” in real life.
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  • 6 hours
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US$79.31
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US$79.31
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San Sebastian Private Day Tour from Bilbao with Hotel or Cruise Port Pick-up

San Sebastian Private Day Tour from Bilbao with Hotel or Cruise Port Pick-up

San Sebastian is home to some of the best beaches of Spain’s Basque Country, but visiting on a group tour often means limited time for sightseeing and sunbathing. This private full-day tour from Bilbao offers plenty of time to explore the city or hit the beach, with private transport, a private guide, and an itinerary tailored to your preferences. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$603.14
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Guggenheim Bilbao Museum Private Tour

Guggenheim Bilbao Museum Private Tour

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Immerse yourself in the artistic wonder of Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum with a private guide on this cultural tour. Accompanied by your accomplished guide, explore the enthralling exhibitions of the museum in order to discover contemporary and modern art masterpieces; see timeless masterworks like Joseph Beuy’s ‘Lightning with Stag in its Glare’ and gaze at Jeff Koons’ colossal sculpture ‘Puppy’. Gain fascinating insight into different art movements and hear tales of the intriguing lives of some of the artists during this culturally enriching exploration.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$118.96
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Food Tasting of Basque-style Pintxos with Spanish Wines and Hotel Pickup

Food Tasting of Basque-style Pintxos with Spanish Wines and Hotel Pickup

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Learn how to make Basque tapas with the benefit of personalized attention during this half-day private cooking class. Enjoy being in a private villa in the mountains with a chef guide, who will teach you how to cook with seasonal produce grown on site. Sip a glass of wine and taste local cheese and olive oil while you learn, then sit down to eat your masterpieces. Private round-trip transportation included, as well as a visit to the fishing village of Castro Urdiales.
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  • 5 hours
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US$244.03
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Bilbao Old Quarter Walking Tour

Bilbao Old Quarter Walking Tour

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Discover the charm of Bilbao’s Old Quarter on an enriching morning or afternoon walking-tour of the city’s medieval enclave. With an expert guide, travel back in time to the 6th century and visit ancient landmarks like the Cathedral of Santiago and Plaza Nueva. Admire the sacred beauty of the Church of St Anton; wander the site of the Mercado de la Ribera; and enjoy picturesque views of the port, the origin of the industrial Spanish city. Gain valuable insight into the rich history of the city and see cultural traditions first hand as you explore.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$49.96
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US$49.96
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Bilbao: Discover Añana Salt Valley and Vitoria

Bilbao: Discover Añana Salt Valley and Vitoria

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Explore the beauty of the Basque Country on this fascinating day tour. You’ll save hours researching highlights and planning transport by having a full itinerary and round-trip transport provided. Highlights include visiting Añana Salt Valley and learning about salt production, and exploring the many highlights of Vitoria, such as the Gothic style Cathedral of Santa Maria.
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  • 10 hours
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US$576.96
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US$576.96
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La Rioja Wine Tour with Gourmet lunch from Bilbao

La Rioja Wine Tour with Gourmet lunch from Bilbao

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The ultimate gastronomy experience, this bespoke tasting and sightseeing tour takes you into some of Rioja’s finest food and drink establishments. Enjoy first-rate wine samples in two local wine bars, plus a visit to a traditional winery where winemaking traditions date back five generations. Full-day tours also include a gourmet tasting lunch overlooking a Rioja vineyard and a walk through the walled medieval city of Laguardia.
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  • 8 hours
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US$366.05
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Bilbao Boat Tour

Bilbao Boat Tour

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See Bilbao in a different way as you relax on a boat, and take in the sites. Choose from a ride in the sea, or river, and cruise past landmarks like the Guggenheim Museum, University of Deusto, palaces, and more. Listen to live onboard narration from a guide, and learn about the history of the city as you sail around it.
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  • 2 hours
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US$77.33
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