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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, and located in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. The museum was inaugurated on 18 October 1997 by King Juan Carlos I of Spain. Built alongside the Nervion River, which runs through the city of Bilbao to the Cantabrian Sea, it is one of several museums belonging to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and features permanent and visiting exhibits of works by Spanish and international artists. It is one of the largest museums in Spain. El Museo Guggenheim Bilbao (en euskera, Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa; en inglés, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao) es un museo de arte contemporáneo diseñado por el arquitecto canadiense Frank O. Gehry y localizado en la villa de Bilbao (País Vasco), España. Es uno de los museos pertenecientes a la Fundación Solomon R. Guggenheim. Fue inaugurado el 18 de octubre de 1997 por el rey Juan Carlos I de España.”
  • 130 locals recommend
Museum
“Under 26? It is for free for you from 10:00 to 20:00 (Tuesdays, 25th of December, 1st and 6th of January is closed). More than 26? It is for free for you between 18:00 to 20:00 Don´t miss to look for the works of the Zubiaurre´s brothers after whom the flat´street is named. ”
  • 80 locals recommend
Beach
“The beach for which San Sebastian is famous for, it gives name to the bay of La Concha. You will not find a more beautifully elegant urban beach anywhere. // La playa más famosa de SS. Pocas playas urbanas son más bonitas que ésta. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
History Museum
“Interesting pieces of Art and local history items. The building itself is interesting.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Located in the old port of San Sebastián, the aquarium occupies a 1928 building where more than 200 marine species are on display. In addition to the « aquarium » section, there is an exhibition on the maritime history of the region, with a focus on fishing, Basque whales and maritime trade. Richly illustrated with paintings and models, this section also care about the creation of the Gipuzkoa Oceanography Society, the founding entity of the aquarium, which was one of the pioneers of oceanographic research in Spain. The aquarium has around 30 basins where dozens of marine species from the Atlantic Ocean and tropical seas are represented. The highlight of this visit is its immense transparent tunnel, 36 metres long, allowing a 360° view of some forty marine species, including sharks, turtles, rays and moray eels. The guided tour in French will teach you, for example, that 10% of the water in the aquarium is renewed daily through sea water, that in one year the fish consume 6,700 kg of food and requires 3 hours a day to clean the acrylic tunnel. If you are more intrepid, a night activity will allow you to sleep inside the aquarium! The site also has an auditorium as well as a postcard and memory shop. Above the building, the Bokado restaurant serves refined cuisine with beautiful views of the Concha River. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Bridge
“This hungin bridge is A World Heritage site and it's the world's oldest transporter bridge, built at the end of the nineteenth century. The best way to visit it is to take the metro and get off at Areta/Las Arenas station. If the sun is sunning, a lot of people will be walking along the cost to the old port of Getxo,a beautiful promenade. ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“It is a nice and easy walk that will give us splendid views of San Sebastian.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Convention Center
“Iconic building by architect Moneo called Los Cubos (The Cubes), it is light-up at night and looks spectacular against the sea. It is always interesting in the outside, and worth checking what goes on inside. // Los cubos de Moneo, polémico en su día, hoy se iluminan por la noche y son el centro de actividades varias. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“The city’s famous La Ribera market sits just on the edge of the Casco Viejo, next to the river, and is a good place to get acquainted with the Bilbao’s famous food scene, as well as to pick up some local products to take back home. The market is housed in an historic building, designed by Pedro Ispizua and built in 1929, on the site of the old market dating back to the 14th century. Not only will you find stalls here, but also bars, restaurants and live music spaces, making it great a place for a lively night out too. Covering over 10,000 m2, it is the biggest indoor covered market in Europe.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Famous pintxo bar, the quality and variety and the elaboration is just perfet. The drawback is that it is always full and it is difficult to make a place but it worth it.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Outdoor Sculpture
“Few iron made sculptures on the sea will show us the end or beginning of San Sebastian coastal walk.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Theatre
“Bilbao's original theater and opera house from the 19th century. It's a petite theater but with a strong all year round program.”
  • 34 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Vibrant cultural where visitors can experience how locals make best use of the different spaces. In the atrium , the columns with different shapes and materials are perfect place for kids to hide or jump from one spotlight from the other. People getting down to watch movies, riding a stationary biclycle or lifting up your head to be suprised by a swimming pool with transparent bottom! Don´t leave the center without having a coffee in the company of many kissers (haha in large size pictures). Sure, it is one my favorite places in Bilbao!”
  • 60 locals recommend
Bar
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“It is a bar restaurant with a good pintxo bar, a reasonable price and a very good atmosphere if you go with family or friends. I use to recommend the the beff or the praws brochette. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Castle
“A site beyond your imagination! This is Abbadia, Château-Observatoire, an enchanting place, set on the steep cliffs of Hendaye in the middle of moor, built between 1864 and 1884 by Viollet-Le-Duc for Antoine d'Abbadie, ethnologist, geographer, man of science? ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Beach
“The beach for the young, for the surfers, for the visitors, and for everyone really, as it is wide and long. It is the newest beach in town after the gentrification of the entire area that begun 10 years ago. // La playa de la gente joven, los surfers, de los turistas, la playa de todo el mundo, porque es larga y ancha. Forma parte del nuevo entorno creado junto a los cubos de Moneo, que incluyó la reordenación del paseo marítimo y playa. ”
  • 33 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Tapas Restaurant
“Famous pintxo bar, the quality and variety and the elaboration is just perfet. The drawback is that it is always full and it is difficult to make a place but it worth it.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Bar
“It is a bar restaurant with a good pintxo bar, a reasonable price and a very good atmosphere if you go with family or friends. I use to recommend the the beff or the praws brochette. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Undoubtedly one of the essentials pintxo Bars of Saint Sebastian. Both for their cold pintxos and their rations. The best pintxos: octopus, cheeks and seasonal vegetables. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Nightclub
“Best views for a perfect drink. Quiet before 1am. Busy and extremely popular between 1am until 6am.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Ask for a "completo": small tuna sandwich with anchovies and "piparras" (a local green slightly green pepper).”
  • 41 locals recommend
Rock Club
“Me gusta por la música, el ambiente jóven, y el espacio de un antiguo teatro convertido en sala de conciertos. I like music, the young atmosphere, and the space of an old theater converted into a concert hall.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Is a restaurant where you can eat top pintxos like in a 3 star michellin. Just love it. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Lo recomiendo por su calidad. Menú a precio asequible al mediodía entre semana, está muy cerca.”
  • 8 locals recommend

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