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Bilbao has transformed itself from an industrial port and fishing city to a cosmopolitan hub for European art and culture. Today it is home to a famous outpost of the Guggenheim Museum, and a world-class conference and exhibition space on the outskirts of the city.
You’ll have no trouble finding budget one-star hotels in Bilbao. There are one-star hostels, B&Bs, guest houses and hotels across the city, including well-known brands and independent hotels tucked away in historic buildings. And you won’t have to compromise on location – you can find a one-star Bilbao hotels near the stadium if you’re coming for a football match or a concert, and near the Exhibition Centre and and business district if you’re visiting for work.
Many visitors come to Bilbao for the world-class museums and art galleries in the city centre, including the Guggenheim, Basque and Fine Arts museums. Weekends tend to be most the busiest times at the galleries, and canny leisure travellers can take advantage of this by booking a mid-week stay and enjoying the art away from the crowds.
Bilbao has a lively music scene. Concerts and events take place all year round, from electronica and dance festivals to classical music and traditional Basque choral societies. If you’re visiting in July, look out for major festival Bilbao BBK, held on the slopes of Mount Cobetas. It’s one of Europe’s biggest festivals, and staying at a one-star hotel in Bilbao will allow you to mix festival fun with an affordable city break.
You don’t need a packed wallet to enjoy Bilbao. Try strolling the boardwalk in the Abando district by the Guggenheim, enjoying an ice cream in the Doña Casilda Iturrizar park, or just strolling the streets of the old town and soaking up the atmosphere. Whether you’re visiting Bilbao for business, pleasure or a bit of both, you’re sure to find a one-star hotel that’s right for you.