Things to see in Bilbao: plan your trip to make the most of it
Bilbao is a city full of possibilities for a short city break, with an extensive range of leisure proposals. From gastronomic tourism to cultural routes or a getaway to the nearby beaches, the plans multiply. The Libere blog will help you explore everything that awaits.
Things to see in Bilbao
From groundbreaking, contemporary Bilbao, characterised by the Guggenheim, to the famous Old Town, the city offers something for everyone. Because each trip is a world in itself, we will tell you which would be the perfect route to see the essentials depending on whether your visit is for one or two days. And if you prefer to move without a pre-established plan, you are in luck, because Bilbao and its surroundings have so much to offer!
What to see in Bilbao in one day
Nothing could be better than starting with the Guggenheim Museum, a must-see which has already become a symbol of the city, even if you only have time to admire the outside. If that is the idea, starting from the Campa de Los Ingleses, you will be able to contemplate a beautiful perspective. The Museum of Fine Arts, the Euskalduna Palace and the Azkuna Zentroa Centre are also worth visiting. In the latter, you are sure to marvel at its 43 columns of different styles and materials, the work of the Italian Lorenzo Baraldi. The next stop is Doña Casilda Park, where you can take a break in one of the “green lungs” enjoyed by the people of Bilbao. Another essential is the Casco Viejo, a perfect place to have a few pintxos and immerse yourself in local life.
What to see in the Old Quarter of Bilbao
The Plaza Nueva is an area renowned for its tapas bars, and from there, you can continue the route to see the Cathedral of Santiago, the Church of San Antón, the Arriaga Theatre and the Ribera Market. In front of the market, Muelle Marzana is an ideal place to end the day watching the sunset over the estuary.
What to see in Bilbao in 2 days
If you have a little more time, you will be able to explore the city in a more leisured way and visit the interior of one of its museums. There are also many other wonders waiting for you, such as the Arenal, the Begoña elevator or the Etxeberria park. It is very central, and you can enjoy beautiful views sitting on its slopes. Finally, one of Bilbao’s most picturesque attractions is the Artxanda funicular, which connects with the mountain of the same name. It is a means of transport with over a century of history, and in just three minutes, it brings you to the summit of the mountain. It passes every 15 minutes, and when you get to the top, you will find a large leisure area, with restaurants and corners to enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful panoramic views.
What to see in the surroundings of Bilbao
As well as getting to know a modern city with intense cultural life, travelling to Bilbao brings many other attractions. Its privileged location, close to the coast, invites you to combine experiencing the city with fun days at the beach. The nearest point is Getxo, with beautiful beaches just 20 minutes away by car. A little over half an hour away, there are lovely old fishing villages, such as Mundaka or Bermeo. Nearby is San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, with an impressive viewpoint on a rock, which has even been a scene in Game of Thrones. Lastly, Lekeitio is a treat for nature lovers. Nestled near the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, its incredible landscapes are well worth the hour of travel that separates it from the Basque capital.
Accommodation in Bilbao
To enjoy the city as you deserve, the best accommodation solution is to choose an apartment in Bilbao where you can feel completely at home during the time you spend in it. At Líbere, you will find Bilbao’s best tourist apartments, connected and adapted to your needs.