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Europe Travel: Bilbao, Spain in 4 Days, Three Nights — Activity Recommendations

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This is a list of activity recommendations for three nights, four days in Bilbao, Spain.

The basics

  • Bilbao, Spain
  • Travel to Bilbao from Valladolid, a three hour drive.
  • Stay in Old Town, Bilbao

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At-a-glance activities per day



Day 1

Arrive & settle in, walk around Old Town
Walk around Old Town – Ribera Market, Santiago Cathedral

Day 2

Walk from Old Town to Guggenheim Museum
Guggenheim Musuem
Funicular de Artxanda
Walk back to Old Town from opposite side of Guggenheim
Day 3Rest day
Day 4Depart early and drive and stop through Guernica, Playa Laga, Lekeitio, Elantxobe en route to San Sebastian

Day 1: Arrive to Bilbao & settle in

Arrive to Bilbao from Valladolid. Drop your bags off to the hotel. Stretch your legs out from the long drive by walking through the Old Town. Meander through the streets filled with boutique shops and stop off for pinxos (tapas) along the way.

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Ribera Market: A 1990 Guinness World Record winner, the market spans 10,000 square meters of traders, stalls and biggest covered market in Europe
Santiago Cathedral: The cathedral dates back to the 14th century

Sights around Old Town

Day 2: Bilbao

Walk from Old Town to the Guggenheim Museum. Enjoy the riverside views, people watching and art along the water. Take your time through the museum, and exit on the opposite side from which you came. Meander through the park before walking back to your hotel via new town.

Map of Locations

Guggenheim Museum: “When it opened in 1997, the Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao—a spectacular structure made of titanium, glass, and limestone—was hailed as the most important building of its time.”
The Soloman R. Guggenheim Foundation

Sights along the riverside walk

Depart the Guggenheim and walk back to Old Town via the New Town

Day 3: Bilbao

Use this day to rest.

Sunset views by the water

Day 4: Depart for San Sebastian

Depart Bilbao early. Drive along the coast and stop through Guernica, Playa Laga, Lekeitio, Elantxobe en route to San Sebastian.

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