Bilbao was not always a hub of art and culinary exploration, but it's become a Spanish cultural hot spot. With extraordinary museums, fine restaurants, and a gritty urban vibe, Bilbao vacation packages are sure to delight even the most jaded traveler. Don't stop with Bilbao—consider it a gateway to the Basque region and take a road trip through Northern Spain. You can rent a car in Bilbao to get you there.
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a feat of architecture and a must-see agenda item for Bilbao vacations. The Frank Gehry-designed structure is almost more famous than the art inside, but regardless of your motivation, the spectacle is worth the trip. While you're in the museum-going mood, check out the Museo de Bellas Artes, displaying classical and modern art.
Bilbao packages should come with a side order of Basque cuisine visit the new modern restaurants showing off the best of what Northern Spain's chefs have to offer. To get a taste of an authentic Bilbao neighborhood, visit the Casco Viejo, the city's old section. Here you'll find the city's first streets that date back 600 years. It's also a great spot to grab a drink or do some boutique shopping. For a busy, atmospheric city square, spend some time in the cafes of Plaza Nueva.
For nine days starting every August 15, Bilbao celebrates the Aste Nagusia, or Great Week. The festivities include performances by comparsas—musicians and dancers—with a heavy dose of street theater. The week also features performances by international artists and musicians, and fireworks displays occur every night.
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Whether you want your next travel experience to be action-packed and exhilarating or chilled out and relaxing, there's one thing for sure — you'll have lots of stories to tell when you return home!
Start your Bilbao journey on a high note with some fun experiences. How about trying a Half-Day Tour of Elorrio, Oñati & the Sanctuary of Arantzazu?