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The Sanctuary of Loyola, Bilbao

Bilbao

The Basque Country's capital

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Introduction

Bilbao is a sprawling city with a strong Basque identity and rich heritage, which has rapidly transformed into a buzzing cultural capital bursting with civic pride. Further back, Bilbao was originally a small medieval fishing village on the Rio Nervión. Today, 700 years later, it retains a small town feel despite being Spain's tenth largest city.

Nevion River & Bilbao

Bilbao's standout attraction is the world-famous Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. This Frank Gehry-designed contemporary art museum is one of the world's most recognisable modern buildings; its exterior bending and flexing in bright silver panels. The museum's striking design and the collection within – featuring works by Jeff Koons and Richard Serra, among others – spawned a tourism boom, which reinvigorated Bilbao during the 1990s; the city hasn't looked back since.

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

The Guggenheim Museum is the centre of Bilbao's justified claim as a cultural capital, but there are a whole host of other landmarks and sites that are well worth exploring, too. Close to the museum is the district of Deutsu, full of cafes and bars where students and bohemians discuss the issues of the day. On the other side of the Rio Nervión, meanwhile, is Bilbao's old town, Casco Viejo, home to an impressive gothic Cathedral and a good starting point for exploring the rest of the city.

 

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Top itineraries in Bilbao

Parador de Siguenza

Spain’s Paradors

Tailor-made self-drive routes from £375 pp incl. flights

Spain's paradors are a network of historic palaces, fortresses and castles converted to luxury hotels. Take a look at our favourite parador itineraries or get in contact to tailor-make your own, with plenty of superb-value offers available.

San Sebastian

Highlights of the Basque Country

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £795 pp incl. flights

Explore everything from postcard-perfect coastlines to medieval cities and tempting vineyards of, all the while staying in Renaissance palaces, seaside villas and thousand-year-old castles. This is northern Spain at its best.

Canton Street, Santillana del Mar

Northern Spain self-drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,045 pp incl. flights

See the best of northern Spain, linking lofty mountains, gorgeous vineyards and spectacular seascapes on a gorgeous road trip. Along the way, you’ll stay in historic parador hotels, taking in everything from national-park idylls to Bilbao's modernism and Santiago's medieval wonders.

Castilla Termal Burgo de Osmo

Historic Spa Hotels of Spain

9-day tailor-made holiday from £770 pp incl. flights

Enjoy spa treatments in the likes of 12th-century monasteries and Belle Epoque jewels as you explore northern and central Spain on a super-scenic road trip, stopping at vineyards, historic towns and tapas taverns.

Top places to stay in Bilbao

Bedroom, Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain

Gran Hotel Domine, Bilbao

Contemporary hotel

Having opened in 2002, the Gran Hotel Domine exhibits all the designer considerations of its famous neighbour – the Guggenheim Museum.

Casa de los Arquillos, Vitoria-Gasteiz

Casa de Los Arquillos, Vitoria-Gasteiz

Traditional hotel

Housed in stone walls that back to the early 1800s, this is contemporary freshness among heritage charm. It’s ideal for longer stays, too, with apartment-sized rooms featuring full kitchens.

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Madeira, Portugal

Top 10 driving holidays in Spain & Portugal

From wild coastlines and beach curves to mountain peaks and rolling countryside, the charms of the Iberian Peninsula are seemingly endless. To help point you in the right direction our destination experts have put together the following self-drive routes that showcase the best of it all.

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