Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao is one of the main cities in Spain’s northern Basque region. A vibrant, artistic spot. Basque is the official language and it’s the oldest European language. If you’re thinking of visiting here, you should!

TO EASE ANXIETY:


DO:
  • Bring comfortable shoes. I didn’t use public transportation and walked everywhere in this quaint city.
  • Learn some Basque phrases as all of the signs and road names in Bilbao are in Basque: Kaixo – Hello. Eskerrik asko – Thank you.
    Barkatu – Excuse me.
  • Hang out in Plaza Berria! You’ll typically see Basque people eating in large groups- women sit together and chat while the men typically stand and sing together. People watch and enjoy Basque culture!
DON’T:
  • Ask for tapas, they are pintxos in Basque territory.

TO STAY:


Quartier Hostel
Petit Palace Arana Hotel
Poshtel Hostel

TO SEE\DO:


Guggenheim Museum:

The main tourist attraction in Bilbao, and it’s easy to see why!


Explore Casca Viejo (Old Town):

Narrow streets, beautiful architecture. There’s no place quite like Spain.

Walk around the river:
Chill out on a bench:

Do as the Spanish do, take a seat on a bench and enjoy the sunshine.

Etxebarria Park:

Not the most interesting park in the world. What it lacks in monuments, it boasts in city views.

TO GET THERE:


From the airport take the termnibus. The 15 minute ride costs €1.20. Buses run every 30 minutes from 6:15am-12am.

TO EAT:


Plaza Berria:

Pintxos, pintxos, and more pintxos: head to Plaza Berria and hop around to the numerous Pintxo bars!

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