Between the rugged coastline overlooking the ocean and the green valleys of northern Spain, some 100 kilometres from the French border, thrives the dynamic Bilbao, capital of the Spanish Basque Country, and its multi-faceted region: from the beaches of Sopelana, Mundaka and Gorliz to the protected natural areas of Urdaibai, Gorbeia and Urkiola, encircling the old town, with its 16th-century buildings and avant-garde constructions. Much less touristic than many regions of Spain, the city of the Basque coast enchants by its authenticity, its small fishing ports from another era, its mountain villages, but also for the vigour with which the inhabitants perpetuate the traditions, between songs, dances and other popular games of great scale. The Bilbao tourist guide invites you to dive into this unique Spanish culture, to which the Basque temperament has given its character, by exploring its ancient but also very current heritage, such as the Guggenheim Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, designed by Frank Gehry, whose opening in 1997 generated an impressive dynamism that is still at work today. Finally, it is difficult to talk about Bilbao without dwelling on his love of good food: pintxo bars are everywhere, not to mention the bodegas where an exceptional wine macerates. The city is also home to some of the best restaurants in the country. But the real wealth of Bilbao, a cosmopolitan Spanish city, is without a doubt its friendly, pleasant and always ready to party. Have a nice trip!

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When to go to Bilbao?

When to go to Bilbao? To know when to go to Bilbao, it is a good idea to find out about the tourist seasons that mark the year. The high season corresponds to Holy Week, public holidays and summer on the coast. In addition, during periods of major festivities, particularly during the Semana Grande de Bilbao (around 15 August), the prices charged are those of the high season and sometimes even slightly higher, due to the large number of visitors they attract. Hotels are often booked several months in advance. The low season corresponds to the low months, generally from the end of October to mid-March. The mid-season (optional for many hotels that only share the year between high and low season; in this case, the months of the mid-season are considered as "low season". The months in which tourist activity is more moderate, despite the mild climate: March, April (except Holy Week, of course), May, June and September. These months are certainly the best time to visit Bilbao: pleasant climate and no tourist saturation.

How to go to Bilbao? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

It is quite possible to use the services of a travel agency to arrange a tailor-made trip to Bilbao. This part of the Spanish Basque Country is not new in the catalogues of specialists and the links between France and Bilbao are old. Whether you opt for an all-inclusive stay (all-inclusive), a family holiday, a honeymoon or a thematic tour, you will certainly find it in the tourist catalogues.

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Average price of direct flights to Bilbao from France: between 75 and 200 € depending on the season. It should be noted that the price variation depends on the company borrowed but, above all, on the time required to book. To obtain attractive rates, it is essential to do so well in advance in order to compare prices. From France, you can also reach Bilbao by bus, train or even with your personal vehicle.

Bilbao's city centre and historic district are easily reached by foot or bicycle, but it is also possible to use the municipality's public transport for longer distances: the city has an efficient bus network and three metro lines and a funicular railway. Taxis criss-cross the city day and night.

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Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
  • Airbnb rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

When to go to Bilbao? To know when to go to Bilbao, it is a good idea to find out about the tourist seasons that mark...
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Weather forecast

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Budget

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Formalities

To travel to Bilbao, members of the European Union and citizens of Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Monaco only need a...
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Health

You are not at risk when travelling to Bilbao, if you know how to protect yourself from the sun! However, remember to...
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How to travel by yourself?

Average price of direct flights to Bilbao from France: between 75 and 200 € depending on the season. It should be n...
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How to get organized?

It is quite possible to use the services of a travel agency to arrange a tailor-made trip to Bilbao. This part of the...
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Getting around

Bilbao's city centre and historic district are easily reached by foot or bicycle, but it is also possible to use the...
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