10 Must See Things in Bilbao

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Martí Micolau

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A predominantly industrial city, which, however, has not forgotten to show its younger, cultural, tourist face. The Spanish girl Bilbao - the capital of Biscay and one of the main ports of the Iberian state - has been able to relaunch itself, repopulating its area with visitors simply by focusing on some of its main attractions and on the logistical position for pilgrims who undertake, every year, the Way of Santiago de Compostela. Let's find out together 10 Must See Things in Bilbao.


  1. Guggenheim Museum
  2. Veijo helmet
  3. Santiago Cathedral
  4. Basilica de Begoña
  5. Museo Marítimo Rìa de Bilbao
  6. Zubizuri Bridge
  7. Fine Arts Museum
  8. Arriaga Theater
  9. Basque Museum
  10. Funicular / Monte Artxanda
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Guggenheim Museum

It is the flagship of the Basque city Guggenheim Museum, suggestive from its structure. The building, made by the Canadian architect Frank Gehry, at first sight it looks like a flower or a ship, entirely made of glass and titanium. Inside the museum, lovers of twentieth-century art will certainly not be disappointed: the exhibitions, although they vary continuously, are composed of works by the main artists of the twentieth century, such as Picasso, Klein and Andy Warhol.

  • located near the banks of the Nevriòn river, the museum can be reached in just three minutes by car, proceeding west from the center from Federico Moyúa Plaza towards Elcano Kalea
  • Tue-Sun 10:00 - 20:00
  • full € 10,00; reduced for pensioners and students under 26 years of age € 6,00. Children enter for free

2 - Veijo helmet

We could define it as the antithesis of the Guggenheim Museum Veijo helmet old City of Bilbao. There is a pleasant atmosphere in the most important area of ​​the Spanish city, with its famous seven streets - Somera (Goienkale), Artekale, Tendería (Dendarikale), Belostikale, Old Carnage , Barrenkale e Barrenkale Barrena - the typical shops, the fabulous historical and religious monuments that have made Bilbao famous. Do not miss the opportunity, once you reach the old city, to dedicate a stop to the original covered market of la Ribera at Plaza Major.

  • from the Bolueta stop, take the metro (orange line) to Zazpikaleak / Casco Viejo. Continue on foot for a short distance: the old town is just 9 minutes from the city center
  • Casco Veijo is always accessible (just pay attention to the closing times of the activities)
  • free, free visit

3 - Cathedral of Santiago

Built during the th century, the Santiago Cathedral in Bilbao it is an important stop on the pilgrims' walk of the same name. It is a fascinating religious building both internally and externally, rebuilt in the th century in a neo-Gothic style and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Worthy of note, in addition to the windows that flood the evocative interior of the cathedral with light, the soaring tower and the door called the Puerta del Angel.

  • just follow the signs to reach the old town. From the Bolueta stop, take the metro (orange line) to Zazpikaleak / Casco Viejo
  • Mon-Sat 10:00 - 13:00 and 17:00 - 18:30
  • admission is free, but it is possible to visit the interior with the aid of an audio guide for € 5,00

4 - Basilica de Begoña

Dedicated to the Virgin of Begoña, Patroness of Vizcaya, this impressive religious building, home to two of the most important festivals in the city of Bilbao, is famous above all for its clock tower, which houses inside well 24 bells, all from Switzerland.

  • by underground, orange line from Bolueta station, to Santutxu stop. Afterwards, continue on foot. The basilica can be reached in 11 minutes
  • the basilica is always accessible; except in the hours of the ceremonies.
  • free, free visit

5 - Museo Marítimo Rìa de Bilbao

Being a port city, could a museum dedicated to the history and evolution not only of navigation but of the entire city be missing in the charming Bilbao? The Museo Marítimo Rìa de Bilbao it is one of the most pleasant "surprise" attractions of this city, a family-friendly structure, also thanks to the educational areas designed for children.

  • by metro, in 16 minutes, with the orange line departing from Bolueta, up to the San Mamés stop
  • Tue-Fri 10:00 - 18:00; Sat-Sun 10:00 - 20:00
  • full € 6,00; reduced for the elderly over 65, retired, disabled, unemployed and students under € 263,50; children under six years of age enter for free

6 - Zubizuri Bridge

It is not simply a pedestrian bridge, but a real attraction, also known as the "Calatrava bridge", from the name of the architect who designed it. The bridge Zubizuri, link between the two banks of the Nevriòn, is a real jewel of urban architecture: a bridge suspended, all white with a flooring in crystal.

  • the bridge can be reached by metro, orange line from Bolueta, in just 15 minutes. Just stop in Abando and walk up to the bridge
  • the bridge is always passable
  • free, free visit

7 - Museum of Fine Arts

A vast and heterogeneous collection of works of art is housed in two buildings that make up the exceptional Fine Arts Museum of Bilbao. The collections on display house paintings by the great European masters from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century, from the greatest exponents of the Flemish School to Italian and French paintings, as well as the famous painting by Goya, the portrait of Fernández de Moratín.

  • the museum is just a 5-minute walk from the center, heading west towards Federico Moyúa Plaza
  • Wed-Mon 10:00 - 20:00
  • full € 9,00; reduced for students, over 65, under € 257,00; reduced for large families € 4,50. Disabled people, children under 12 and unemployed enter for free

8 - Arriaga Theater

He lived through "dark" periods, marked by destruction and subsequent renovations, the sumptuous Arriaga Theater. Initially built in 1890, the theater only became operational in 1986 and currently hosts important theatrical, musical and opera events.

  • from the Bolueta stop, take the metro (orange line) to Zazpikaleak / Casco Viejo: it will take 9 minutes to reach the theater
  • Mon-Tue-Sat-Sun 11:30 am - 14:00 pm and 17:00 pm - 19:00 pm. Wed-Thu-Fri 11:30 am - 14:00 pm and 17:00 pm - 20:30 pm, in addition to the scheduled show times
  • varies according to the shows on the calendar

9 - Vasco Museum

An elegant Baroque building in the old town houses one of the city's most important cultural attractions, the Basque Museum. Three broad thematic areas - archeological, ethnographic, historical - tell the genesis and deeds of the Basque people through an impressive collection of artifacts, sculptures, commemorative works.

  • to reach the museum in about 7 minutes, from the Bolueta stop take the metro (orange line) to Zazpikaleak / Casco Viejo
  • Mon-Wed-Thu-Fri 10:00 - 19:00; Sat 10:00 - 13:30 and 16:00 - 19:00; Sun 10:00 - 14:00
  • full € 3,00; reduced for students and groups over 10 people € 1,50. Free admission for under 12, over 65, disabled, unemployed

10 - Funicular / Monte Artxanda

Two attractions for the price of one, literally. There Artxanda funicular offers an extraordinary view from above and leads to the namesake mount, considered the main vantage point over the city of Bilbao: ideal to end your stay in Basque land with an unforgettable view to take your breath away!

  • walk to the station from which the funicular departs: in about 15 minutes, proceeding east towards Federico Moyúa Plaza, you will arrive at the first stop of this double attraction; the funicular will then take you to Mount Artxanda
  • Mon-Sun 07am - 15pm
  • full € 0,95; reduced for children from 6 to 12 years € 0,31. Free ticket for children under 6 years of age accompanied by an adult and for the disabled

Plan your stay in Bilbao: Flight, Hotel and Tour

The secret to staying in Bilbao spending relatively little is to choose the right time to visit the Basque city. Like any European and international destination, often opt for a short vacation in Christmas time or over the bridge of theImmaculate it can cost about double the normal rates. The positive side of Bilbao, however, is represented by the almost always negligible cost of its attractions and the dense network of public transport services which allows you to move easily around the city.

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