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Hotels and Apartments in Bilbao

Being a smart and stylish city, there are many good choices of accommodation in Bilbao. Finding an ideal accommodation in the city is not a problem at all as there is an extensive range of establishments from exclusive hotels to self-catering apartments and low-cost hostels to 3-star budget hotel in Bilbao to cater to every taste.

If you feel like basking in luxury, want all the pampering, best of amenities and central location, book your stay with Gran Hotel Domine or Hotel Carlton, which are a lavish 5-star properties, featuring superb interior design and grand neo-classical building, respectively. Those on budget can also get many excellent places to stay, which are centrally located and are reasonably priced with fairly all modern comforts. Some cheap hotels in Bilbao are Zabulburu, Hotel Bilbao Jardines and Iturrienea Ostatua. Some of the best places to stay or choose your accommodation in Bilbao includes old town, area near the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao and the old quarter.

About Bilbao

A city in the Northern Spain, Bilbao is located at the centre of Basque country. The city is a popular holiday destination, known for its Basque cuisines and culture and the iconic landmark Guggenheim Museum. Once an industrial town, Bilbao is now transformed into a very popular holiday destination in the last two decades. Bilbao is worth visiting for its museums alone. A city of contrast, Bilbao is an urban landscape, featuring a highly visual and oddly surprising twist in every corner. The medieval streets of the old town attract most of the tourists as the narrow cobbled walkways is home to the beautiful 14th century Cathedral, Santiago Cathedral.

The best time to visit the city is in the summer, when weather is warm and dry. Also, the biggest festivals of the year, Aste Nagusia is held at this time. Since all the best attractions are open all year around, you can visit Bilbao anytime. The best way to explore the city centre is on foot and if you want to use public transit, there are good bus network, metro and tram services. Reserve your hotel in Bilbao in advance if you’re visiting in peak hours as rooms get snapped up fast.

Where to stay

From charming boutique hotels, to luxury 5-star properties and cheap bargains, accommodation in Bilbao city is diverse and plenty. This lively small city boasts a good selection of self-catering apartments and hotels that offer all modern comforts, beautiful setting and hospitality services to make your stay memorable.

There is plenty of accommodation in Bilbao in different areas – this includes the old town, city centre and old quarter, with options that suit your wallet and preferences. If you’re looking something extravagant and top-rated facilities, such as spa and a gym with Guggenheim views, then Gran Hotel Domino is the best pick. Those on budget can stay in cheerful designed family-run guesthouse close to some great eating options in the old town. Cheap hotels in Bilbao are also available in the heart of the old quarter and offer standard amenities for a relaxing stay. The wide range of accommodation in Bilbao is at a variety of budgets– that’s the most important thing!

Attractions

Bilbao is home to many interesting cultural and historical sites that attracts a huge influx of tourists every year. One of the most famous and iconic landmarks in the city is the Guggenheim Museum, which is must-visit for any art or design enthusiasts. Housed inside the museum is set of sculptures, dubbed The Matter of Time by Richard Serra. The best part about the Bilbao is the beautiful amalgamation of old and new architecture. Santiago Cathedral, Plaza de Santiago is the Bilbao’s oldest building, boasting gothic architecture and towering spires. Another must-see attraction in the city is the Bizkaia Bridge, which is the oldest transporter bridge in the world. The bridge spans from the Nervión near its mouth from Las Arenas to the Portugalete. Go for a wine-tasting experiences at the harbour in Plentzia, Crusoe Treasure underwater winery, which is the world’s first successful underwater cellar. Explore a group of narrow streets famous for serving pintxos in Casco Viejo of Bilbao or visit the oldest theatre, Teatro Arriaga. Bilbao Metro is other architectural wonder you need to see.

Nightlife

You can’t miss the nightlife of Bilbao, which is cheerful, lively and fun. Like its gastronomic pleasure, there are scores of dynamic bars, nightclubs and terrace cafes which are coolest places to hangout until the early hours.

You can either go for a karaoke night, or sit for drink in any of the bars in Ledesma, Casco Viejo or Ensanche or visit the street cafes to enjoy the stunning views. The bars have bohemian and indie touch, which are great options to enjoy a pint beer in a cozysetting. Terrace cafes are very popular with locals, so these are also a great option for starting the evening and then start your night tour drinking Bilbao cocktails, which are served really well. Other options of enjoying the nightlife would be dancing to the mainstream pop music in any chic nightclubs or visiting the only casino in Bilbao, Luckia Casino to play a game of poker. Overall, the town offers a diverse and vibrant nightlife and you’re sure to have a good time whether visiting Bilbao with friends, family or with your partner.

Eating out

Choose to eat from an innumerable range of options during your Bilbao holiday as the town is filled with distinct restaurants and bars to cafes and tapas bars. Considered as a gastronomic haven, you’ll find an excellent assortment of culinary delights to satiate your taste buds. Basque traditional cuisine is delectable and you must try the traditional dishes which are very popular with locals such as Piperrada, which is a stew, Txangurro, which is a crab-based dish and Percebes, which is goose barnacles and a local speciality.

Other popular delicacies of offer include the Pintxos, are basically small finger-sized snack, Chuletas (Rib-Eye), and Gâteau Basque, which is delicious traditional dessert. If you’re interested to know the vibrant culture of Spain, get it through its gastronomy. Throughout the town, you’ll find Michelin stars, grill restaurants and traditional cider houses that serves best traditional dishes to international cuisines.

Shopping

No holiday is complete without some shopping and Spanish holiday is not any exception. Bilbao has lot to offer as there is a wide variety of shops and markets where you can find different products, souvenir and clothes.

The narrow streets of Casco Viejo are home to oldest shops in the city, selling everything from new fashion, accessories, footwear, craftwork etc. If you’re looking for big shops and elegant stores, head to the Ensanche while the most exclusive firms are concentrated The Gran Vía, Marqués del Puerto and Rodríguez Arias streets. Also, you can explore the Europe’s biggest covered market and also the most popular one Mercado de la Ribera, nestled just opposite the San Anton Church. It’s a gourmet market, offering fresh food products from fruits, vegetable, meat to fish and seafood displayed throughout the stalls. Other excellent shopping venues in the town includes Zubiarte, Persuade, and Power Records, to name a few.

Fast Facts

  • Nearest airports: Bilbao Airport
  • Flight time from UK: I hour 30 minutes
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Euro (€)

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8/10 Great

26 September 2012

Bilbao - great base for exploring Northern Spain

We stayed in Bilbao for 4 days. We decided to use Bilbao as a base (it's centrally located in the region and has bigger airport). We spend 1.5 days in Bilbao and took buses for our day trips to San Sebastian and Santander. Bilbao it a green, pedestrian friendly city, with good restaurants and pleasant parks & architecture

8/10 Great

26 September 2017

highly recommended

bilbao is a lovely city with loads of culture and great night life weather was great and people very friendly also 20 minutes on subway you are at the beach lovely little town called algorto.

The best thing about my stay was ...

great little bar called wicklow arms.

8/10 Great

17 November 2011

Fantastic for city break

We were blessed with fab weather in June this year & were fortunate to see the Tour of Spain bike race .The city is clean & the Guggenheim has clearly raised money which has been invested into the city.Plenty to see & great shopping.excellent tapas bars & relatively good value for a European city. Would recommend.

6/10 Good

09 April 2012

nice town

Bilbao is well worth a visit on a city trip. The only problem might be the weather. I stayed there in April for 3 days and it rained every day.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Excellent pinxos

4/10 Average

15 November 2011

An unknown treasure!

A beautiful, elegant old town with narrow cobbled streets, and a bar or restaurant every couple of metres.The people are friendly and love to chat-even if you don't speak very good spanish! They are rightfully proud of their city and its Basque heritage. The tapas are second to none, and we have travelled extensively. There are beautiful churches to visit and bridges to cross as the river Nervion surrounds the town. There are hidden gems at every corner. One of the cleanest cities I have visited. Hop on the metro and you will be on a beautiful beach in 20 minutes. A 5 Euro 'Creditrans' can last you a whole weekend-excellent value transport.

The best thing about my stay was ...

It is still a relatively unknown destination for tourists!