The largest city in the Basque country is a sightseers’ paradise and has a lot to offer. In this overview, Engel & Völkers Bilbao has selected the city’s ten most exciting attractions for you to visit.
1. Guggenheim Museum
Designed by the architect Frank O. Gehry, the Guggenheim Museum is certainly one of the most fascinating landmarks of Bilbao. Steel, stone and titanium combined with glass elements create an impressive architectural structure containing 20th-century works of art.
2. La Plaza (Mercado de la Ribera)
Europe’s largest indoor market hall – and worth a visit for this reason alone. Built in 1929, you can find a lively and bustling market here every day of the week.
3. Iglesia San Antón
Renaissance and baroque elements meet Gothic architecture. Art historians will enjoy discovering all the different architectural styles. The church is the oldest of the city, and Bilbao’s oldest bridge (San Antón) across the Ría is only a stone’s throw away.
Sir Norman Foster created the prizewinning design for several Metro stations as well as two subway lines in Bilbao. Steel, concrete and glass are the dominating elements. Definitely worth a visit!
5. Plaza Berria
A fascinating city square to stroll around and explore. There are many cafés, bars and shops under the arcades – and every Sunday a flea market is also held here.
6. Casco Viejo
The heart of the historic city centre with countless shops and establishments. A wide range of bars, restaurants and boutiques invite you to enjoy life to the full.
7. Parque Doña Casilda Iturriza
A beautiful city park with a pond – perfect for a relaxing walk through magnificent gardens and parkland.
8. Catedral de Santiago
A historic cathedral dating back to the 14th century with a facade and tower that was renewed in the 19th century. There is a beautiful 18th-century fountain in front of the cathedral, too.
9. Bilboko Arte Eder Museoa
The Museum of Fine Arts contains one of the most important art collections of the Iberian peninsula.
10. Puente de Vizcaya
This steel bridge was completed in 1893. It is the oldest transporter bridge of the world and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006.