Things to see and do - Bilbao
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Bilbao : Michelin's recommendations
Bilbao, capital of Vizcaya, is now a leading centre for art and architecture. The Guggenheim Museum has had a magnetic effect on the city, where it has been the catalyst for transforming this large industrial centre on the estuary of the River Nervíon, formerly known only for its industrial port and its iron and steel industry. A vast urban redevelopment plan has seen Bilbao transformed into a vibrant and dynamic city.
Tourist attractions Bilbao : Things to see and do
Abandoibarra 2 E - 48005 Bilbao
The Guggenheim Museum is Bilbao's star architectural attraction. The building designed by Frank O. Gehry (winner of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 1989), is considered a masterpiece with its amazing half-sculpted curves and walls of yellow li..
Pl. del Museo 2 E - 48009 Bilbao
The two buildings that make up the Museo de Bellas Artes, one built in 1945, the other in the 1960s, house the second largest collection of Spanish art after the Prado in Madrid. The ancient art section is dedicated to Spanish painters from the 13C-1..
Muelle Ramón-de-la-Sota 1 E - 48009 Bilbao
Over 7 000m2 of informative exhibits on the maritime, commercial and industrial activity of the port of Bilbao. The ground floor primarily recounts 19C developments. Note the Wreck of the Urbiets (15C) recovered from the Guernica estuary in 1998. Ups..
Jardines, 9 E - 48005 Bilbao
This innovatively designed hotel is very well located for exploring on foot all the main sights of the city, and is close to the river in the old part of central Bilbao. Being situated in a pedestrian street, the hotel is surrounded by the charming ..
Colón de Larreategui, 9 E - 48001 Bilbao
The Abando Hotel is located in central Bilbao, opposite Abando Metro Station and 150 metres from Abando Indalecio Prieto Railway Station. Its air-conditioned rooms all offer free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Abando is just 200 metres from Bilbao’s main s..
Miribilla, 8 E - 48003 Bilbao
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This hotel occupies a privileged spot next to Bilbao's old city, close to La Ribera market, the Miribilla Quarter and the Bilbao Arena Sports Centre. It has been lovingly refurbished with modern interiors and free WiFi. Rooms come with Canal + satel..
Leisure activities Bilbao
Look at Bilbao from a different point of view. Hop on a double-decker bus and discover the highlights of the city. The precise origins of Bilbao have not been determined. However, a settlement had already been established and had significantly dev..
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Follow the river road of Bilbao towards the coast and admire the old industrial areas that once powered Bilbao. You will visit the Transporter Bridge of Bizkaia, the oldest bridge of this type in the world, still active and a very much loved icon for..
Discover the most inner areas of the Basque Country - rural villages, palaces, historical buildings and a breathtaking landscape. The essence of the unique land with old Basque family palaces, the oldest university of the Basque Country, the Sanctuar..
Muelle Marzana E - 48003 Bilbao
Run by its owner-chef, Mina has a design inspired dining room with a few rustic touches and views of the kitchen. There is also a bar to savour two tasting menus, both featuring dishes that are contemporary in complexion and skilfully combine differe..
Alameda de Mazarredo 17 E - 48001 Bilbao
A quiet, relaxed atmosphere pervades this restaurant. It has one main dining area, which is classically elegant in style, two private rooms and a separate room with a variety of functions including a venue for cookery classes. Innovative dishes based..
Jardines 11 E - 48005 Bilbao
The heart of the city's old quarter is the venue for this restaurant serving splendid cold and hot tapas. The medallions of sirloin steak with liver and the octopus and prawn kebabs are particular highlights.
Licenciado Poza 65 E - 48013 Bilbao
This restaurant comes highly recommended. The owner-chef showcases top quality products and fine presentation in his traditional cuisine specialising in fresh, wild-caught fish. The two dining rooms are modern in feel and the service is both friendly..
av. de Abandoibarra 4-3° E - 48011 Bilbao
Etxanobe is located on the top floor of the Euskalduna palace, with access via a panoramic lift. The dining room, which is resolutely modern in feel with impressive views of the river, is supplemented by a private dining area and an attractive terrac..
av. de Abandoibarra 2 E - 48009 Bilbao
Inside the Guggenheim but with its own separate entrance, from where the kitchen is visible to customers. Minimalist dining room with a concise à la carte menu well supported by two tasting menus.