Bilbao travel guide

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You're Going to Love Bilbao

The largest city in Spain's Basque Country, Bilbao is a cultural magnet, attracting millions of art lovers to its galleries and museum. But it's more than that; with great food, sport and coastal attractions in the area, Bilbao rewards everyone who visits.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Bilbao

When to Visit Bilbao

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Weather-wise, June and July are good times to go, with sunshine and warm weather almost guaranteed. You can see the sights (and perhaps avoid peak season crowds), while the beaches of San Sebastian are within reach as well.

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How to Get to Bilbao

Airports near Bilbao

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Where to Stay in Bilbao

The Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao is a great option near the Guggenheim. The Hotel NH Collection Villa de Bilbao is a good city center upscale alternative and the Meliá Bilbao is another comfortable luxury option.

Popular Neighborhoods in Bilbao

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How to Get Around Bilbao

The Cost of Living in Bilbao

Shopping Streets

Gran Via and the Plaza Federico Moyua are the city's main shopping areas, where you'll find elite apparel stores like Max Mara or Carolina Herrera and plenty of international chains.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets include BM Supermercados and Opencor, where you can expect to spend around EUR3.30 on a gallon of milk.

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Where to Eat in Bilbao

Bilbao has some of Spain's finest tapas restaurants, but standouts include the Michelin-starred Zortziko, Mandoya at the heart of the old town and Irrintzi, specialists in "pintxos" (tapas served skewered on a toothpick). Expect main meals to cost around EUR20-25 and tapas to cost EUR3-5 per portion.