Attractions

Top Choice Gallery in Bilbao

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 Bilbao

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, …
Bridge in Portugalete

Puente Colgante

Designed by Alberto Palacio, a disciple of Gustave Eiffel, the Unesco World Heritage–listed Puente Colgante (also known as the Vizcaya or Bizkaia Bridge) was the world's first transporter bridge, opening in 1883. Th…
Aquarium in Getxo

Aquarium

A family-friendly attraction in the El Abra port complex, Getxo's aquarium showcases marine flora and fauna from the Atlantic Ocean and warmer tropical waters. There are 26 sections with tanks of coral, algae, anemo…
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 Bilbao

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…
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…
Museum in Bilbao

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…
Basilica in Portugalete

Basilica de Santa María

Portugalete's impressive basilica (1580) stands atop an earlier 14th-century church that originally marked the town's highest point. A striking structure, it's largely Gothic with flying buttresses and austere sands…