Bilbao 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 played a major role in helping to lift Bilbao out of its postindustrial depression and into the 21st century – an…
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, …
Museum in Old Town

Euskal Museoa

One of Spain's best museums devoted to Basque culture takes visitors on a journey from Palaeolithic days to the 21st century, giving an overview of life among the boat builders, mariners, shepherds and artists who h…
Museum in New Town

Museo Marítimo Ría de Bilbao

This interactive maritime museum, appropriately situated down on the waterfront, uses bright and well-designed displays to bring the watery depths of Bilbao and Basque maritime history to life. Start off by watching…
Old Town in Old Town

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 …
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 Old Town

Arkeologi Museo

This two-storey museum takes you deep into the past, beginning with fossils found in the Sierra de Atapuerca a mere 430,000(!) years ago. On the 2nd floor, along the romp through the ages, you'll see models of early…
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…
Cathedral in Old Town

Catedral de Santiago

Towering above all in the Casco Viejo (although strangely invisible in the narrow streets) is the Catedral de Santiago, which has a pleasing cloister and Gothic Revival facade. Bilbao's oldest church, the cathedral …
Area in Old Town

Las Siete Calles

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