Discover Bilbao. The city that is growing in popularity as a destination for a city trip. Once a gray industrial city, today it is a trendy place where gastronomy, culture and art go hand in hand. Thanks to the transformation that the city has undergone in recent years, Bilbao is completely hot, which is causing a growth in the number of tourists and a significantly higher appreciation of the city in terms of quality of life.

Gastronomy, culture and art go hand in hand

The Guggenheim museum is mainly mentioned as an explanation for the increase in popularity of Bilbao. Of course, this modern art museum has a significant share in the success. The approximately 1 million visitors the museum receives annually largely come from outside Bilbao, so the Guggenheim certainly makes a substantial contribution to the amount of domestic and foreign tourists.

Clean river

However, much more has happened in recent years. The locals mainly think it is because of the revamp of the Nervión (Basque: Nerbioi). This is the river that runs through the city. Until the end of the last century, this river, also known as Ria de Bilbao, was more of an open sewer than a river. The cleaning of the river and the large-scale urban renewal that has started at the same time have changed the city forever.

Discover the area

But don’t forget to discover the area also. Drive to Portugalete and cross to Getxo via the famous Bizkaia bridge. Then continue to Plentzia and Bakio until you reach San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Church. OK, you have to climb 241 steps for it, but it’s well worth it! You can also visit the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, the fishing villages of Mundaka and Elantxobe and the beaches of Laida and Laga. And the famous fishing village of Lekeitio. Also San Sebastián no more than an hour’s drive from Bilbao. Without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With its famous city beach La Concha. San Sebastian gastronomy is one of the best in the world with 11 restaurants in the Michelin Guide.

Discover Bilbao and the surrounding area. View our offer here.