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Zubizuri Bridge

Cross by day or by night to enjoy exceptional views from this pedestrianized footbridge, a large white structure connecting two riverside promenades.

During your time in Bilbao walk or cycle across the Zubizuri Bridge, a curved pedestrian footbridge that spans the Nervión River. The sleek steel arched white construction is also known as the Calatrava Bridge after Santiago Calatrava, the Spanish architect who designed it. 

Some say the pedestrian crossing resembles the large sails of a boat others that it looks like the backbone of a fish or reminds them of a fish jumping through the water. Either way, it is a glorious sight. 

Zubizuri Bridge connects two promenades, the Campo de Volantín Pasealekua on the right bank and Uribitarte Pasealekua on the left bank of the river. As you make your way across, look down at the floor. Most of it is covered by a black non-slip matting. This is because city authorities received numerous complaints after the bridge opened in 1997. When it rained the translucent glass bricks became slippery.

While walking or cycling, stop to enjoy the river views which take in the nearby Isozaki Atea twin towers, the tallest residential buildings in Bilbao. 

Once you have crossed go for a wander along the extensive promenades. Campo de Volantín Pasealekua starts at Bilbao City Hall and among the other notable sites surrounding the walkway are the late 19th-century Olabarri Palace and a sculpture called Ovoid Variant of the Unemployment of the Sphere. The Uribitarte promenade starts at City Hall Bridge and finishes at the Guggenheim Museum, one of the most recognizable buildings in the city.

See the bridge and Bilbao's skyline from another perspective by sailing down the river on a boat trip.

Come back to the promenades in the evening for a wonderful view of the bridge illuminated against the night sky. Walk across it again and enjoy the sight of the city's nightscape.

Find Zubizuri Bridge a short walk west of the Plaza de Moraza and south of the Guggenheim Museum.


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Barceló Bilbao Nervión £90
Barceló Bilbao Nervión

Barceló Bilbao Nervión

Paseo Campo Volantin 11, Bilbao, Vizcaya
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Bilbao City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bilbao City Hall and Zubizuri Bridge. Santiago Cathedral and Plaza Moyua are also within 15 minutes. Pio Baroja Tram Stop is 6 minutes by foot and Uribitarte Tram Station is 7 minutes.

    Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao £144
    Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao

    Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao

    Alameda de Mazarredo, 61, Bilbao, Vizcaya
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Abando, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. Plaza Moyua and Zubizuri Bridge are also within 10 minutes. Guggenheim Tram Stop is 5 minutes by foot and Uribitarte Tram Station is 7 minutes.

      Hotel Carlton £111
      Hotel Carlton

      Hotel Carlton

      Plaza Federico Moyua 2, Bilbao, Vizcaya
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Abando, this luxury hotel is steps away from Ensanche and Plaza Moyua. Bilbao Fine Arts Museum and Zubizuri Bridge are also within 10 minutes. Moyua Station is only a 2-minute walk and Indautxu Station is 6 minutes.

        Abando £89
        Abando

        Abando

        Colon de Larreategui, 9, Bilbao, Vizcaya
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Abando, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ensanche, Zubizuri Bridge and Plaza Moyua. Santiago Cathedral and Bilbao Fine Arts Museum are also within 15 minutes. Abando Station and Abando Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

          Hotel Tayko Bilbao £98
          Hotel Tayko Bilbao

          Hotel Tayko Bilbao

          Erribera Kalea 13, Bilbao
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Bilbao Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santiago Cathedral and Arriaga Theater. Ribera Market and Plaza Moyua are also within 1 mi (2 km). Arriga Tram Stop is 6 minutes by foot and Ribera Tram Stop is 6 minutes.

            NYX Hotel Bilbao by Leonardo Hotels £97
            NYX Hotel Bilbao by Leonardo Hotels

            NYX Hotel Bilbao by Leonardo Hotels

            Areatza Kalea 4, Bilbao
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Bilbao Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Arriaga Theater and Santiago Cathedral. Zubizuri Bridge and Plaza Moyua are also within 15 minutes. Arriga Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Abando Tram Stop is 4 minutes.

              Hesperia Bilbao £88
              Hesperia Bilbao

              Hesperia Bilbao

              Campo Volantin, 28, Bilbao, Vizcaya
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Bilbao City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Zubizuri Bridge, Plaza Moyua and Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Santiago Cathedral are also within 1 mile (2 km). Pio Baroja Tram Stop is 6 minutes by foot and Moyua Station is 10 minutes.

                Mercure Bilbao Jardines De Albia £99
                Mercure Bilbao Jardines De Albia

                Mercure Bilbao Jardines De Albia

                San Vincente 6, Bilbao, Vizcaya
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Abando, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ensanche, Zubizuri Bridge, and Plaza Moyua. Bilbao Fine Arts Museum and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao are also within 15 minutes. Pio Baroja Tram Stop and Abando Station are within a 5-minute walk.