Bilbao

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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao which includes modern architecture and night scenes
This former industrial city is now a major European arts center, home to cultural attractions including the famous Guggenheim Museum.

Bilbao, in northern Spain, was once an industrial center, but today is better known for its thriving arts and cultural scene. Come to visit world-class museums, dine at sophisticated restaurants or head out into the surrounding countryside. Start your visit by climbing the Mallona stairs from Plaza Unamuno to Parque Etxebarria or take the Artxanda funicular railway to enjoy some of the best views in the city. Many travelers come to Bilbao to see the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, one of the most renowned art institutions in Europe. The remarkable modern building, with its curved glass and titanium walls, houses art from the mid 20th century to today. Other art attractions include the Fine Arts Museum and the Basque Museum. Bilbao also has a full annual program of cultural events featuring many important exhibitions and performances. See some of these events at the Palacio Euskalduna, a striking modernist building in the city center.The city is revered not just for its modern architecture, but also for its buildings dating back to the 14th century. Visit the Gothic-style Cathedral of St. James and the Alhondiga, a complex containing a library, several bars and restaurants, a cinema and a rooftop pool with a glass floor.Bilbao is known for its sophisticated dining scene, with a host of Michelin-starred restaurants. Try local cuisine such as baby squid and lamb stew.As well as art and food, Bilbao is a city keen on sport. In town there are 18.5 miles (30 kilometers) of cycling lanes, as well as many swimming pools, gyms and parks. Around Bilbao there are nature reserves and hiking trails, as well as several nearby golf courses.Rent a car and drive out of town to enjoy the countryside or coast surrounding the city. There are traditional fishing villages along the nearby bay. Further down the coast you’ll find picturesque and quiet beaches. An inland route will take you to hiking trails through mountainous scenery. Check the weather forecast before planning your beach day, as the mild climate brings more rain than in other parts of the peninsula.

Where to stay in Bilbao

Hotel Sercotel Coliseo
Hotel Sercotel Coliseo
4 out of 5
Calle Alameda De Urquijo 13, Bilbao, Vizcaya, 48008
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £97 per night from 4 Sep to 5 Sep
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Bilbao. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (979 reviews)
"A smart and well located hotel. Comfortable when we needed a place at short notice, perfectly located for both the casco viejo and the new city. Staff were efficient and quick. Didn't have much chance to use any facilities, but a very nice place to stay at short notice."

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2022

Hotel Sercotel Coliseo
Hotel Melia Bilbao
Hotel Melia Bilbao
5 out of 5
Lehendakari Leizaola, 29, Bilbao, Vizcaya, 48001
The price is £115 per night from 6 Sep to 7 Sep
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Bilbao. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (986 reviews)
"well, if some one familiar with travel to the old world sort of say then would agreed with one simple definition "space" Most of the hotel in city center will be in very tight streets. So, the only view you can chose is to court yard or to the kitchen of neighboring apartment)) This is absolutely ..."

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2022

Hotel Melia Bilbao
Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao
Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao
5 out of 5
Alameda de Mazarredo, 61, Bilbao, Vizcaya, 48009
The price is £218 per night from 16 Sep to 17 Sep
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Bilbao. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (856 reviews)
Nice convenient poor gym
"Hotel is nice, conveniently located. As in many hotel gyms in Europe they haven’t a clue in how to equip a gym properly. The gym is lacing myofacial rolls/balls, no exercise tubing, no TRX, no Bosu & it seems most hotels in Europe they don’t realize people have legs… so no leg machines… also no small ..."

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2022

Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao
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Apartamentos Líbere Bilbao La Vieja
Apartamentos Líbere Bilbao La Vieja
3 out of 5
Vitoria-Gasteiz Kalea 7, Bilbao, Bilbao, 48003
The price is £78 per night from 4 Sep to 5 Sep
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Bilbao. Enjoy free WiFi, an airport shuttle and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Reproductions Museum ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (6 reviews)
"One of the greatest places i have stayed. Very clean, big and neat. Booking went smooth, check in was super easy and check out to. Recommend to everyone. Especially with kids."

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2022

Apartamentos Líbere Bilbao La Vieja
Apartamentos Turisticos Atxuri
Apartamentos Turisticos Atxuri
2 out of 5
Av de Miraflores 17, Bilbao, Vizcaya, 48071
The price is £93 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this business-friendly apartment in Bilbao. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and a 24-hour health club. Our guests praise the convenient parking and ...
3.8/5 Good! (258 reviews)
"Spacious, location is convenient. We had a good experience. I would recommend though, instalment of air conditioning."

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2022

Apartamentos Turisticos Atxuri
Bilbao City Center by abba Suites
Bilbao City Center by abba Suites
3.5 out of 5
Calle Huertas de la Villa 15, Bilbao, Bilbao, 48007
The price is £95 per night from 4 Sep to 5 Sep
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Bilbao. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (68 reviews)
"this property was great for a family - walkable to lots of great attractions, safe and clean."

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2022

Bilbao City Center by abba Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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