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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.”
  • 128 locals recommend
“The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum (Spanish: Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Basque: Bilboko Arte Ederren Museoa) is an art museum located in the city of Bilbao, Spain. The building of the museum is located entirely inside the city's Doña Casilda Iturrizar park. It is the second largest and most visited museum in the Basque Country, after the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum[1] and one of the richest Spanish museums outside Madrid.[2] It houses a valuable and quite comprehensive collection of Basque, Spanish and European art from the Middle Ages to contemporary, including paintings by old masters like El Greco, Cranach, Murillo, Goya, Van Dyck, Ruisdael and Bellotto, together with 19th century and modern: Sorolla, Mary Cassatt, Paul Gauguin, Henri Le Sidaner, James Ensor, Peter Blake, Francis Bacon and Richard Serra.”
  • 79 locals recommend
“A pesar de todas las bellas cosas que hay que ver en Bilbao, la única que está incluida en la lista de Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO es el Puente Bizkaia. Éste, fue conocido como el primer puente transbordador del mundo y lleva en funcionamiento desde 1893.”
  • 57 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
“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
“Azkuna Zentroa is not only one of the most iconic buildings in the city, but also an innovative new cultural and entertaiment space, with a hole variety of activities for all interests and and the only European centre to have won the “Global Awards for Excellence”, which rewards the best practices in all types of property development. It fills the 43,000 square metres of the old wine warehouse of the city, wich the designer Phillipe Stark has transformed into a huge area in wich to stage the most diverse events: exhibitions, concerts, conferences, children´s workshops, sports activities of all kinds, a reading area, cafes, restaurants, shops, a 2.000 m2 terrace wich seves as a sunbathing space in summer and in winter as an extra activity area, cinemas... Another of its main attractions is a state-of-the –art swimming pool with a transparent floor where you can have a dip. There is also a 2,000-m2 sun terrace, which is a solarium in summer and extra space in winter. A visit to the AlhóndigaBilbao is a real must.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Take the bus from the main station. It will take an hour and will drop you off right next to the museum. This should be in your priority places to visit. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Soccer Stadium
“La unica CATEDRAL apocrifa que eleva el futbol a la categoria de Leyenda. The football Stadium of Athletic FC”
  • 30 locals recommend
Convention Center
“A grand and modern theater and auditorium that houses the Bilbao Opera Society and the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra founded in 1920.”
  • 25 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.”
  • 30 locals recommend
“El Itsasmuseum Bilbao​​, anteriormente Museo Marítimo Ría de Bilbao, es un museo ubicado en la villa de Bilbao, en la provincia de Vizcaya, España. Está situado en el barrio de Indauchu, en el terreno donde previamente se localizaban los Astilleros Euskalduna.”
  • 21 locals recommend
“2 minutes away from the attic, this square offers great atmosphere and some of the best pintxos in Bilbao. Classic places are the elegant Victor Montes or the authentic Bar Bilbao. More modern options are the Zorginzulo. An absolute must!!!!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Local mall with shops such as Zara, Springfield, PepeJeans, Bershka, H&M,... Plus cinemas and fast food and classic restaurants (Burger King, McDonalds, chinese Wok,..)”
  • 10 locals recommend
“El Museo Vasco está ubicado en el Casco Viejo de Bilbao, muestra la etnografía del pueblo vasco a través de diversas piezas y objetos. Se pueden visitar las salas de prehistoria, mar y pesca, cultura pastoril, industrias ferrona y armera, actividad comercial y los oficios y artesanías tradicionales como la cerámica y el tejido. A 10 minutos andando desde el alojamiento.”
  • 16 locals recommend
“Very popular and with great atmosphere. Good drinks and tapas with views over the river.”
  • 28 locals recommend
“Botanical garden with swans and ducks. Parque Botanico con cisnes y patos.”
  • 12 locals recommend

Top restaurants

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.”
  • 30 locals recommend
“Very popular and with great atmosphere. Good drinks and tapas with views over the river.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Located in hectic street Diputacion, it's a must-place-to go. Their "pintxos" with jamón are delicious! They recently opened a new place: "El Taller". Book at”
  • 19 locals recommend
“It's one of best restaurants in town. Tasting menu with 10 plates for 80€/person.”
  • 23 locals recommend
“Si buscas un sitio donde comer bien, este es uno de los lugares a los que puedes acudir. Platos elaborados. buena calidad.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“The perfect quality-price match. Traditional Basque food with a touch of contemporary air.”
  • 13 locals recommend
“Casual and hip joint. Good bbq and mexican style food. A new classic in Bilbo.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Little hipster bar in a beautiful corner of the Casco Viejo. They serve craft beers and make delicious one portion tortillas. Try them out! ”
  • 9 locals recommend

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