This site uses cookies from Google to deliver its services, to personalize ads and to analyze traffic. Information about your use of this site is shared with Google. By using this site, you agree to its use of cookies. Accept

skoda_karte_ohnehg

g17005_04049-001-ret
Impressions

2 hours

There’s not a lot of time for a big adventure, but there’s no skipping a last-minute visit to the airport souvenir shop (1). How about a traditional txikito glass? One of the customs in Basque country is knocking back txikitos (small glasses of wine) while bar-hopping with friends. Why not take the tradition home with you – perfect for a glass of cider, sidra, or a txakoli, a light, fruity white wine, and Basque country’s most popular tipple.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

g17005_03388-001-ret
Guggenheim Museum

8 hours

Just around the corner – around six minutes by foot – is where you’ll find the famous Guggenheim Museum (6). The museum, created by the American architect Frank Gehry, makes a stunning impression with its striking, ship-like architecture. It also makes a good starting point to continue to the city’s number one shopping strip, Gran Vía Don Diego López de Haro (7). Some of the city’s finest restaurants can be found between the Gran Vía and Palacio Euskalduna – for example, the Michelin-star Etxanobe. The restaurant is located in the Palacio Euskalduna (8). The dining room offers a scenic view over the Ria.

g17005_03574-001-ret
Indautxu quarter

4 hours

From the Bilbao Exhibition Center (2), it’s only a 15-minute drive to the heart of the city, the Indautxu quarter (3). Make sure you make a trip to Azkuna Zentroa (4) – a former wine store that the French designer Philippe Starck converted into a cultural and recreational center spanning 43,000 square meters. It boasts a library, a swimming pool, restaurants, shops, exhibits, and much more. The entrance hall with its 43 columns representing cultural, architectural, and religious diversity is impressive as well. The Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao (5) is just a ten-minute walk from the center, and houses the second-largest collection of art in Spain.
 
 
 

g17005_03708-001-ret
Mercado de la Ribera

24 hours

Start your day with a visit to the Mercado de la Ribera (9). This indoor market with its colorful glass windows is located right next to the river in the southeast of Bilbao’s old town. Built in 1929, with a floor space extending over 10,000 square meters, the Mercado de la Ribera is the largest covered market in Europe. You’ll find all kinds of fruit, vegetables, and meat to buy on the middle floor. The old city is also referred to as ‘Siete Calles’ (10) after the seven streets that form the heart of the city. This is where you’ll find a large number of taverns serving pintxos – tasty, tapas-like nibbles on wooden skewers.