City Break Ideas – Day 2 – Bilbao

Hmmmm, wouldn’t it be great if you could control the weather? But unfortunately, we can’t…! But, even with the mountain rain pouring, I still had a fantastic day seeing the sights of this Basque city in northern Spain”

Bilbao in my opinion is quite a unique city in the sense of the contrast between old and modern. One minute you are taking in the 14th century buildings, then the next thing you know you’re looking at a 20-foot metal spider. It’s fascinating to see really, and for me a refreshing change, as I do like modern art.

Where to stay?

There are lots and lots of hotels to choose from in Bilbao. I chose to stay at the 4 star Ercilla Lopez de Haro in the centre of the city. I found the hotel on booking.com and paid £221 for two nights. With this deal, I got breakfast and evening canapes with fresh coffee and soft drinks served free all day. Oh and of course the important use of their internet. The was very spacious and had All the mod-cons that I needed. I would highly recommend this hotel.

 

What to do?

The Ria de Bilbao which flows through the centre of Bilbao makes for some amazing photo opportunities, with the old and new buildings in the background. I found that modern art is especially interesting here, with the Guggenheim Museum being at the centre of it all and is a must for your list.

The old parts of town are intriguing with fascinating architect.

Would I Recommend Bilbao?

Yes, I would highly recommend a visit. It is off the beaten track and makes a nice alternative to the likes of Madrid and Barcelona.

Useful Stuff…

The Ria de Bilbao which flows through the centre of Bilbao makes for some amazing photo opportunities, with the old and new buildings in the background. There are lots and lots of hotels to choose from and you will never go hungry. The people of Bilbao do eat quite late at night though, with some restaurants not opening until 9pm after lunch, which finishes around 3pm. I also found Bilbao to be quite cheap, a coffee in the old town cost me just €1.40 and lunch €10. My flight to Bilbao was with easy jet from Manchester for £70 return. Taxis are reasonable to, from the airport I paid €25 to my hotel.

For flights try: www.easyjet.com

Tourist Magazine: www.bilbaobizkaiatour.com

Where I found my hotel: www.booking.com

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