Attractions

Top Choice Gallery in New Town

Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

Shimmering titanium Museo Guggenheim Bilbao is one of modern architecture's most iconic buildings. It has almost single-handedly lifted Bilbao out of its post-industrial depression and into the 21st century – and wi…
Top Choice Gallery in New Town

Museo de Bellas Artes

The Museo de Bellas Artes houses a compelling collection that includes everything from Gothic sculptures to 20th-century pop art. There are three main subcollections: classical art, with works by Murillo, Zurbarán, …
Old Town in Bilbao

Casco Viejo

The compact Casco Viejo, Bilbao’s atmospheric old quarter, is full of charming streets, boisterous bars and plenty of quirky and independent shops. At the heart of the Casco are Bilbao’s original seven streets, Las …
Museum in Old Town

Euskal Museoa

This is probably the most complete museum of Basque culture and history in all of Spain. The story begins in prehistory; from this murky period the displays bound rapidly up to the modern age, in the process explain…
Basilica in Bilbao

Basilica de Begoña

This 16th-century basilica towers over the Casco Viejo from atop a nearby hill. It's mainly Gothic in look, although Renaissance touches, such as the arched main entrance, crept in during its century-long constructi…
Area in Old Town

Las Siete Calles

Forming the heart of Bilbao's Casco Viejo are seven streets known as the Siete Calles (Basque: Zazpi Kaleak). These dark, atmospheric lanes – Barrenkale Barrena, Barrenkale, Carnicería Vieja, Belostikale, Tendería, …
Museum in Bilbao

Museo Taurino de Bilbao

Although Bilbao isn’t a bullfighting city in the manner of the towns of Andalucía, the audiences here are considered by matadors to be among the most discerning and hardest to please. The city’s bullring, an ugly 19…
Architecture in New Town

Azkuna Zentroa (Alhóndiga)

Take a neglected wine storage warehouse, convert it into a leisure and cultural centre, add a bit of Bilbao style and the result is the Azkuna Zentroa (Alhóndiga). Designed by renowned architect Philippe Starck, it …
Museum in New Town

Museo Marítimo Ría de Bilbao

This space-age maritime museum, appropriately sited down on the waterfront, uses bright and well-thought-out displays to bring the watery depths of Bilbao and Basque maritime history to life. There’s an outdoor sect…
Bridge in New Town

Zubizuri

The most striking of the modern bridges that span the Ría del Nervión, the Zubizuri (Basque for 'White Bridge') has become an iconic feature of Bilbao's cityscape since its completion in 1997. Designed by Spanish ar…