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Book a cheap holiday to Bilbao with Best4Travel! As the largest and most visited city in Spain’s Basque County, Bilbao has enjoyed considerable success in recent years with the addition of the Guggenheim Museum, a railway to Las Arenas, and even a feature in the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough (1999). Holidays in Bilbao are perfect for anyone looking for an urban getaway.


Thanks to the close relationship we share with our hoteliers, we here at Best4Travel have a wide selection of exclusive special offers for the best hotels and apartments across Bilbao!


For more information, or for a tailored quotation on any of the hotels or villas in Spain featured on Best4Travel.ie, please drop into any one of our stores nationwide, or simply call our expert travel agents in our Irish call centre today FREE on 1800 814 000.


Guggenheim Museum Bilbao


Established on 18 October 1997, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was a major addition to the city, as one of the Largest Museums in Spain. The museum was built along the Nervion River, with an excellent view of the mountain ranges nearby. Once opened, the building’s contemporary architecture style received positive reviews from art critics and the public alike for its unique design, which is still a sight to behold to this day!


Today the museum receives millions of visitors every year, vying to see rotating pieces from the Guggenheim’s global, permanent collection, or one of the many large-scale installation pop-ups by contemporary artists. The museum is easily accessible by the Eusko Tran’s Line A, and is a must see for anyone in Bilbao.


Casco Viejo


The Old Town of Bilbao is focused on the original seven streets of the city, Las Siete Calles. This medieval neighbourhood has been remarkably well preserved, while adapted to the new age. Today its tall, colourful buildings and narrow alleyways stuffed with shops and bars have brought a new energy to the city, and have made Casco Viejo a great place to spend the day!


Some of the most popular attractions in the Casco Viejo include the Bilbao Cathedral, Ribera Market, and the Teatro Arriaga. These building have an impressive history, with the Santiago Cathedral dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries, the foundation of the city; and the Mercado de la Ribera, where you can buy fresh, local produce, is at 10,000m² the Largest Covered Market in Europe!


Aste Baguisa


Once a year in Bilbao the city is taken over by thousands of revellers celebrating Aste Baguisa (the Great Week). Aste Baguisa is the main festival in Bilbao, and takes place on the first Saturday after the Assumption of Mary on the 15th August.


After the release of the chupinazo (rocket) by the town’s chupinera (Herald), the town is lit up for nine days with fairgrounds, a circus, boxing matches, traditional dances, and nightly firework shows. If ever there was an event that perfectly captured the spirit of the city, it would be this one!


Where to Eat in Bilbao


To help set your holiday off on the right foot, we here at Best4Travel have compiled a list of the top cafés and restaurants in and around Bilbao, divided by price to cater to all budget types.


  • Low Cost

    • Restaurante Cafeteria Pentxo, Belosticalle 20
    • La Brasa Canalla, Elcano, 24
    • Baster Bilbao, Calle Correo 22

  • Moderately Priced

    • Nido Bilbao, Calle Barroeta Aldamar 3
    • ad hoc Cascanueces, Heros 21, Bajo
    • Casa Leotta, Juan De Ajuriaguerra,14

  • Expensive

    • La Despensa del Etxanobe, Calle Juan Ajuriaguerra, 8
    • Blueizer, Calle Colon de Larreategui, 9
    • KUMA, Ercilla 8

Transfers


With Best4Travel you can have a transfer arranged for you from Bilbao Airport straight to your hotel!


For more information or for a tailored quotation on transfers to any of the hotels or apartments in Bilbao featured on our website, please call our expert Irish call centre today FREE on 1800 814 000


Best4Travel Tips


  • Currency: Euro (€)

  • Language: Spanish

  • Time Difference to Ireland: +1 hour

  • Flight Time: Approx. 2 hours 30 minutes

  • Local Phrases
    • Hello : Hola
    • Good morning : Buenos días
    • How are you? : ¿Cómo estás?
    • Good afternoon : Buenas tardes
    • Good night : Buenas noches
    • Goodbye : Adiós
    • Please : Por favor
    • Thank you : Gracias
    • You’re welcome : De nada
    • Where is…? : Dondé está…?
    • Do you speak English? : ¿Habla usted Inglés?
    • I am from Ireland : Soy de Irlanda

  • Public Holidays
    • 1st January: New Year’s Day.
    • 6th January: Epiphany
    • March/April:
      • Holy Thursday
      • Good Friday
      • Easter Monday
    • 1st May: Labour Day
    • 15th August: Assumption Day
    • 12th October: Hispanic Day
    • 1st November: All Saints’ Day
    • 9th November: Our Lady of the Almudena
    • 6th December: Constitution Day
    • 8th December: Immaculate Conception Day
    • 25th December: Christmas Day