Bilbao awakens and during these first hours of daylight, the Ria invites us to stroll along its banks and enjoy the architecture, the art, the parks. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has become an authentic catalogue of architecture and open-air art. Going for a walk allows us to admire sculptures by contemporary authors such as Dali, Chillida, Koons, and Bourgeois. And works by internationally renowned architects such as Pelli, Isozaki, Ferrater, Siza, Moneo, Calatrava and Ghery.
BILBAO BY DAY – The morning draws on and there are a number of options. Discovering the city’s old quarter, visiting the Transporter Bridge or Puente Colgante, a World Heritage site, or going for a dip and enjoying the beaches and fishing towns on the coast, just 20-30 minutes away by metro. If we continue through the city now’s the time to go into the Old Quarter or Casco Viejo, the heart of Bilbao. We’re now in the historical centre, and its architecture and monuments tell us the story of the city.
Food purchases require a stop off at the Ribera Market and if we’re looking for something with an atmosphere that’s more hip, with pavement terraces and varied bars, the best thing to do is go to the Bilbao la Vieja neighbourhood. The afternoon envelopes the city and the bourgeois mansions of the Ensanche district await us, overlooking Gran Via, the city’s commercial artery. Walking around the streets allows us to discover cafes with history, magnificent patisseries where you can try local delicacies, and modern bars.
BILBAO BY NIGHT – When night falls, Bilbao offers us the chance to enjoy its cuisine and cocktails. To dine on Basque cooking in any of its forms, from the most traditional to the cutting edge, is a treat. Evening plans take us to the opera and classical music at the Euskalduna Conference Centre, performances at the Arriaga Theatre, the Casino, or simply relaxing stroll to enjoy the charm of the city lights.