Welcome to Bilbao
Bilbao isn't the kind of city that knocks you out with its physical beauty – head on over to San Sebastián for that particular pleasure – but it's a city that slowly wins you over. Bilbao, after all, has had a tough upbringing. Surrounded for years by an environment of heavy industry and industrial wastelands, its riverfront landscapes and quirky architecture were hardly recognised or appreciated by travellers on... Read More
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The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian
Arrive at the core of the province, and after the industrial village of Azkoitia, you will arrive at your first stop, the Sanctuary of Loyola, hometown of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Here you will visit the Basilica and the tower house where he was born and lived. Depending on the time, you may wish to attend a ceremony.Next you follow the route towards the coast on the north, passing through Azpeitia. You will also pass through Zestoa, a famous natural spa village with healing waters that attracted the royalty of Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries.Later you will arrive to the coast at Zumaia, a beautiful village very much appreciated by Basque summer tourists. Following the coastal road you will arrive at your next stop, Getaria. A unique medieval fishing village and hometown of famous figures like captain Juan Sebastian Elcano (the first man to travel around the world by sea), and Cristobal Balenciaga, the famous designer.Then you will pass by Zarauz, a beautiful tourist spot with the largest beach in the province of Gipuzkoa. You will arrive finally to San Sebastian where you will do a panoramic tour of the city. After lunch, you will do a walking tour into the old quarter visiting the most interesting streets and locations before returning to Bilbao 6:00pm approximately.
Private Tour: Guggenheim Bilbao Museum
Meet your private guide outside the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, and start your tour with a walk around the outside to admire the museum’s attention-grabbing exterior. Designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, the chrome building is said to be one of the most-talked-about pieces of European architecture of the late 20th century. Jeff Koons' Puppy guards the entrance, so pose for pictures by the 39-foot (12-meter) model of a dog made entirely out of flowers, and then head inside the museum itself. Only official art-expert guides are allowed to operate tours inside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, so rest assured that you'll have somebody at your side who can talk you through the meanings of the collection's many masterpieces. Showcasing modern and contemporary art by a range of international artists, the Guggenheim’s collections span from the mid-20th century to the present day. See it all as you walk around with your guide, passing through the Atrium – an exhibition in its own right – and around the collections that are spread around three levels.Learn about theatrical installations such as Joseph Beuys’s Lightning with Stag in its Glare, and see works by other hugely influential artists such as Francesco Clemente, Jenny Holzer and Richard Long. Hear tales of Basque modern art and see intriguing features like Richard Serra’s The Matter of Time.If you would like to focus on one section of the museum more than another, then simply let your guide know! The exact itinerary is flexible. After 1.5 hours, your tour finishes inside the museum and you can continue exploring independently if you wish.
Bilbao Private Walking Tour with Guggenheim Museum
Meet you private guide in a central spot in Bilbao and then start the 2 hours walking tour through the city followed by the Museum visit. Firstly, entering the 7 Calles or Old Town, you will discover the traditional architecture and atmosphere: narrow streets, many shops, bars, restaurants and a lot of life. There, apart from seeing the most important buildings such as the Cathedral of Santiago or the local market, the Mercado de la Ribera, your guide will discuss about the origins of Bilbao as a port, the maritime trade with Flanders, the great industrialization, and about the importance of the river. Secondly, you will go to the Ensanche and listen to the history of the most beautiful buildings in this area until reaching the Guggenheim Museum surroundings, where visiting both the outside and the inside. It is a great chance to enjoy one of the most representative building of contemporary architecture.Discover the contrasts between yesterday and today and enjoy a pleasant walk.
2 Basque Country Private Tours from San Sebastian
You can choose from these two amazing itineraries based on your preference. Visiting the main touristic places as well as off the track ones which only local people know.Option A consist of: 1st day: Visiting San Sebastian main sites and panoramic views, including private famous "pintxo" (basque tapas) tour and visiting my ancient private cooking club. About 6 hours. 2nd day Visiting Bilbao and Guggenheim museum, driving along the biscay coastline and stopping in local fishing picturesque towns like, Gernica, Urdaibai natural reserve, Bermeo, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, and Bakio. About 8 hours.Option B consist of 1st day Visiting Pamplona; During the year, the tour includes the walk along the same way the bulls run during the festival and visiting the city's the Castillo Square, the City Hall, the Ciudadella defensive walls and the historic places in the Old Quarter. 2nd day Visiting Bilbao or San Sebastian.Finally, option C will be the following.1st day, choose any place in the Basque Country. 2nd day: Choose visiting Rioja wine region, France, Basque Coast villages or Cities.
Basque Coast Half Day Sailing Excursion
You will be collected from your hotel and transferred privately to the Getxo pier near Bilbao where you will embark on a sailing boat.The captain will present himself and give you a briefing of technical data and the necessary safety information for the excursion. If you would like to be involved or want to learn more about becoming a sailor, the captain will give you different duties to be in charge of.You will head out to sea and follow the wild Basque coastline towards the most natural and beautiful spots like Aizkorri, Barinatxe, Sopelana, Menacoz and Plentzia Gorliz.After a relaxing half day discovering the most beautiful Basque coastline, you will return back to the pier for your transfer back to the hotel.
Bilbao Masterchef Competition in a modern Cooking School
The tour starts in central Bilbao, where meet your private guide and lead to the Cooking School. In this modern and new school, you will learn more about the Basque cuisine with a professional chef, in a fun atmosphere because there will be a winner!Everything you need to become into a chef for one day is in the school, and you will be guided by a professional to reach your goal of winning one of the prizes: an embroidered txapela, the traditional Basque men's hat; one school jacket and a school knife. Your effort will be worth it!