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This is a list of activity recommendations for three nights, four days in Bilbao, Spain.
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- Bilbao, Spain
- Travel to Bilbao from Valladolid, a three hour drive.
- Stay in Old Town, Bilbao
At-a-glance activities per day
|Arrive & settle in, walk around Old Town|
Walk around Old Town – Ribera Market, Santiago Cathedral
|Walk from Old Town to Guggenheim Museum|
Funicular de Artxanda
Walk back to Old Town from opposite side of Guggenheim
|Day 3||Rest day|
|Day 4||Depart 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.
|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.
|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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