10 exciting Bilbao attractions

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Bilbao attractions to enjoy during your stay

You are going to spend 1 day in Bilbao during your vacation in Northern Spain and you are looking for ideas. You are in good hands!  Our team of local experts in the basque country region has hand-picked the best ideas to enjoy in the capital of Guipuzcoa: parks, museums, art-galeries, churches, plazas and more in the “Botxo” (this is the way locals from Bilbo or Bilbao refer to this fascinating city).

You can also find a map with the best attractions in Bilbao by filtering them in our Bilbao interactive map . You will be able to filter by type of attractiona and your travel style and convert this map into a comprehensive attraction guide adaptable to your search criteria. 

We also recommend you to have a look at our city of Bilbao section where you will get lots of inside information on the city of Bilbao, not only things to do, but also hotels, restaurants and many other suggestions.

Our top recommendations in Bilbao

bilbao fine arts museum

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum: Bilbao’s other amazing Museum

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum – Review  The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum (in Basque, Bilboko Arte Ederren Museoa) is located in the city of Bilbao in northern Spain. It is currently one of the main museums in the country, characterized by its chronological breadth, spanning from the thirteenth century to the present day, and for the great diversity of artistic styles it contains. During the last 100 years, a collaboration between civil society, local artists and

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Cabarceno park

Cabarceno park in Cantabria: gorgeous open enclosure zoo in Nothern Spain

Cabarceno park in Cantabria – Review  The Cabárceno Nature Park is not a conventional zoo or a nature park, located in Cantabria in Northern Spain. It is a natural space molded by the hand of man, that still retains the primitive beauty of its karst landscape, on the 750 ha of an old open-pit mining operation. In the Cabárceno Nature Park, is home to over 120 species and life develops in the most natural environment

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Bridge of Vizcaya

Bridge of Vizcaya (Portugalete)

Bridge of Vizcaya The Bridge of Vizcaya also known as Portugalete Bridge is the amazing feat of engineering that spans the width of the Ibaizabal estuary, just west of Bilbao. Designed by the Basque architect Alberto de Palacio and completed in 1893, stands 45-m-high and 160m wide. It features a mix of 19th-century iron working traditions with the then-new lightweight techniques of twisted steel ropes. It was the first such bridge to carry both people

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Pathway to san juan de gaztelugatxe or dragonstone from game of thrones

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe: Dragonstone of Game of thrones

Table of Contents What is San Juan de Gaztelugatxe? San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is a tiny island off the northern coast of Spain, in the Basque Country. The island is connected to the mainland by a thin, winding, manmade pathway. The chapel at the top of the small island has been a place for pilgrims for a long time.  San Juan de Gaztelugatxe has traditionally also been a very easy day trip to enjoy from

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san mames stadium

San Mamés stadium

San Mames – Athletic Bilbao stadium   San Mamés stadium is located in Bilbao, the capital city of the Basque Country. The stadium opened its doors to the public on September 16, 2013. The stadium serves primarily as Athletic Club de Bilbao soccer team’s home pitch but is also home to the Bilbao center for sports innovation and a sports medicine center, an underground running track, and a municipal sports center. The stadium also hoasts

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