45 Amazing Things to do in Bilbao Spain

Walking on the Camino del Norte is an amazing experience and If you plan your walking stages correctly you will get the chance to stop in the amazing city of Bilbao. 

If your just an adventurous tourist then its a perfect city for a visit and spend a few days.

This article will take you on a journey experiencing the best things to do in Bilbao, an exciting and dynamic Spanish city.

Bilbao is nestled in the heart of Spain’s Basque Country and welcomes travellers with its intriguing blend of modern architecture, rich history and a lively vibrant nightlife. 

From iconic museums and historic streets to bustling markets and lively bars, Bilbao offers a great variety of experiences that captivate every visitor. 

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Things to do In Bilbao Spain

1. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Our exploration begins with the architectural marvel that is the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Its futuristic design, courtesy of Frank Gehry, stands as an emblem of modern art and culture. 

Wander through its halls to encounter an extensive collection of contemporary masterpieces. You could spend hours here and love every minute and is one of the best things to do in Bilbao Spain.

Check out the admission hours

2. Bilbao Old Town (Casco Viejo) 

Venture into the heart of the city’s history in Casco Viejo, the charismatic Old Town. Cobblestone streets wind around charming buildings, leading you to the Santiago Cathedral and the bustling Plaza Nueva. 

Pintxos bars offer delectable treats that fuel your journey. As the sun sets, immerse yourself in the nightlife of Bilbao Old Town, where the drinks, atmosphere and camaraderie flow. Its an amazing place.

Pilgrims in old town Bilbao

3. Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

Immerse yourself in centuries of artistic expression at the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. From the brushstrokes of Goya to the visionary works of Basque artists, this museum tells a vivid story of creativity through time.

  • Location – Museo Plaza, 2, 48009 Bilbao Spain 

4. Arriaga Theatre

Delight in cultural performances at the Arriaga Theatre, an architectural gem nestled within the city. 

Be it opera, ballet, or theatre, the Arriaga stages captivating shows that resonate with the city’s artistic pulse.

  • Location – Arriaga Plaza, 1, 48005 Bilbao Spain

5. Mercado de la Ribera

Embark on a culinary adventure at the Mercado de la Ribera, a bustling indoor market. Here, locals and visitors alike revel in the sights and aromas of fresh produce, seafood and traditional Basque delights.

  • Location – Erribera Kalea, s/n, 48005 Bilbao, Spain

6. Zubizuri Bridge

Cross the iconic Zubizuri Bridge, an embodiment of modern engineering. The bridge offers panoramic views of the city, where the past and present merge seamlessly as well as being partially made of glass.

  • Location – Zubizuri, 48001 Bilbao Spain

7. Athletico Bilbao Football Club Museum

For soccer enthusiasts, the Athletico Football Club Museum provides an insight into Bilbao’s passionate sports culture. Dive into the club’s history and embrace the fervour that unites the Bilbao football fans.

  • Location – San Mamés (next to Gate 20), Rafael Moreno Pichichi St. 48013 Bilbao, Spain.

8. Funicular de Artxanda

Ascend the Funicular de Artxanda to witness Bilbao’s panorama unfold before you. At the summit, relish the breathtaking cityscape and see it unfold in front of you. 

We spent a few hours at the summit and got some amazing pictures as well as a lovely lunch in one of the many cafes at the top. Check out the opening hours and prices here.

Location – Ctra. de Artxanda a Santo Domingo,nº 27.Bilbao, Spain.

Pilgrims at the top of the funicular railway in bilbao

9. Euskalduna Palace

A fusion of architecture and culture, the Euskalduna Palace hosts an array of events. Be it conferences, exhibitions, or performances, the palace’s dynamic space captivates the imagination. 

Check here to see if there are any performances on when you visit.

  • Location – Abandoibarra Etorb., 4, 48011 Bilbao, Spain.

10. Nervión River Walk

Follow the Nervión River’s meandering path to discover the city’s picturesque waterfront. Parks, sculptures, and enchanting bridges adorn this serene trail.

11. Basque Cuisine and Pintxos

Savour the culinary treasures of Bilbao through its delectable pintxos and Basque dishes. 

Each bite narrates a story of tradition and flavour and taste fantastic when washed down with a lovely local wine.

great tapas in castro urdiales

12. Alhóndiga Bilbao

Immerse yourself in art, cinema, and leisure at Alhóndiga Bilbao. This modern hub invites exploration and relaxation in equal measure.

  • Location – Arriquíbar Plaza, 4, 48010 Bilbao, Spain.

13. Plaza Nueva

Find tranquillity in Plaza Nueva, where historic architecture frames peaceful moments and pintxos bars are tucked inside the arch-lined colonnades. Let the charm of the square wash over you as you people watch the afternoon away.

Check it out on the official Spain tourism website

LocationPlaza Nueva, 48005  Bilbao, spain

14. La Salve Bridge

Stand in awe of the La Salve Bridge, a cable-stayed wonder that seamlessly connects the past and present and takes you to the Guggenheim Museum.

  • Location – Salbeko Zubia, 48009 Bilbao, Spain.
la salve bridge bilbao

15. Doña Casilda Park

Seek solace in Doña Casilda Park, an urban oasis perfect for reflection and relaxation. It is the biggest green space in Bilbao.

16. Azkuna Zentroa

Experience culture at Azkuna Zentroa, a haven of artistic expression and innovation. It is the centre of Art and Culture located in the heart of Bilbao and housed in one of the most emblematic buildings of the city, the former municipal wine exchange market. 

  • Location – Arriquíbar Plaza, 4, 48010 Bilbao, Spain.

17. Museum of Archaeology and History

Unearth the city’s past at the Museum of Archaeology and History, where stories of centuries gone by come alive. Its a greta place to while away a few hours when the sun is too hot.

  • Location – Mallona Galtzada, 2, 48006 Bilbao, Spain.

18. Athletico Bilbao Stadium

Pilgrim Mark Stevens at the Athletico Bilbao FC Stadium

Immerse yourself in the soccer fervour of the San Mamés Stadium home of Athletico Bilbao, where matches and tours promise an unforgettable experience. 

It holds 53,000 spectators and is the 7th largest stadium in Spain.

  • Location – Felipe Serrate s/n, Bilbao
  • Tickets cost around €35 a match dependant on the opposition

19. Maritime Museum

Dive into Bilbao’s maritime heritage at the Maritime Museum, a tribute to the city’s nautical soul.

  • Location – Ramón de la Sota Kaia, 1, 48013 Bilbao, Spain

20. Etxebarria Park

Nature meets urbanity at Etxebarria Park, where green spaces and cityscapes work together in one of the largest green spaces in Bilbao.

  • Location – Etxebarria Parkea, 48005 Bilbao, Spain

21. Moyua Square

The vibrant heart of the city, Moyua Square, offers a gateway to shopping, dining and exploration. Another great people watching experience. 

Its known as the Elliptical Square by the people of Bilbao.

Get instructions on how to get to the square by bus, metro or train

22. Iturribide Street Murals

The streets of Casco Viejo come alive with colourful murals that embody the city’s creative spirit.

  • Location – Iturribide Kalea 52, Bilbao, Spain.

23. Basque Music Museum

Discover the rhythmic heritage of the Basque region through captivating musical exhibits. One of the lovely things to do in Bilbao Spain.

  • Location – Unamuno Miguel Plaza, 4, 48006 Bilbao, Spain

24. Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art

Delve into religious art at the Diocesan Museum, where spiritual expression takes centre stage.

  • LocationEncarnacion Plaza, 9B, 48006 Bilbao, Spain.

25. Deusto University

Marvel at the architectural grandeur of Deusto University, a testament to academia and knowledge and a wonderful building old building to see.

Check it out on the spanish tourist website

26. Iglesia de San Vicente

Lose yourself in the intricate beauty of the Gothic Iglesia de San Vicente. It’s a Stunning church known for its soaring, vaulted sanctuary, ornate altar & historic wood sculptures.

  • Location – Done Bikendi Plaza, 3, 48001 Bilbao, Spain
Iglesia de San Vicente Bilbao

27. Ribera Market

Capture the essence of Bilbao by visiting the world renowned Ribera Market thats sits alongside the Nervion river. It is split into different areas for meat, fruits and vegetables.

There are also areas to chill, listen to music and enjoy one of the best atmospheres Bilbao has to offer.

  • Location: On the bank of Nervion River, Bilbao

28. Begoña Basilica

Ascend to Begoña Basilica for panoramic vistas that sweep across the city. The Basilica of Begoña is a 16th century church with gothis architecture and is dedicated to the patron saint of Biscay, the Virgin Begoña.

  • Location – Begoñako Andra Maria Kalea, 38, 48006 Bilbao, Spain

29. Arenal Bridge

Traverse the Arenal Bridge adorned with sculptures that whisper tales of history through the ages.

  • Location – 48001 Bilbao, Spain

30. Getxo

Venture beyond the city to Getxo, a coastal town that offers sandy shores and breathtaking vistas and an old port. It’s about 20 mins from Bilbao. Check out the local tourist map.

  • Location – Getxo, Bilbao, Spain.
  • Taxi – about €35

31. Nightlife Activities

Dance to the rhythm of Bilbao’s nightlife, where live music, clubs, and bars create unforgettable evenings as you dance the night away and mingle with locals and fellow travellers. 

Check out these bars and clubs that are worth a visit whilst in Bilbao.


This club is located in the historic Casa Viejo (Old Town) of Bilbao and is a popular spot amongst locals. It’s known for its lively atmosphere, great drinks and dancing until the early hours of the morning.

Location: Calle de Ronda, 39, 48005 Bilbao.


A classic amongst the clubs of Bilbao. Moma is a great place to enjoy some drinks and dance to the latest hits. The clubs decor and lighting create a unique atmosphere that’s sure to get you in the party mood.

Location: Calle de Licenciado Poza, 31, 48011 Bilbao.

Cotton Club

This trendy nightclub is one of the most popular places in Bilbao to dance the night away. With great music, a chic atmosphere and top notch drinks, the Cotton Club is perfect for a night out with friends.

Location: Calle de Gregorio de la Revilla, 7, 48011 Bilbao, Spain.

32. Live Music Venues

Immerse yourself in the local music scene by checking out live music venues that offer a diverse range of genres. From jazz and rock to traditional Basque tunes, Bilbao’s music venues promise an unforgettable evening.

33. Tapas Tours

Embark on a tapas tour designed for the nighttime wanderer. Hop from bar to bar, sampling a variety of pintxos and drinks, and enjoy the lively atmosphere that fills the streets after dark.

34. Nighttime River Cruises

Witness Bilbao’s skyline illuminated by the city lights from the comfort of a nighttime river cruise. Cruise along the Nervión River and take in the magical views of Bilbao.

35. Karaoke Bars

Unleash your inner rock star at Bilbao’s karaoke bars, where you can belt out your favourite tunes while enjoying the company of friends and locals.

  • Karaoke Cars – Cosme Echevarrieta Kalea, 3, 48009 Bilbao Spain.
  • Buho’s Karaoke Club –  Felipe Uhagón Alkatearen Kalea, 9, 48010 Bilbao Spain

36. Flamenco Show

Immerse yourself in the passionate world of flamenco by attending a live performance. Experience the intricate dance, soulful music, and emotional storytelling of this traditional art form.

  • Check the local press for available live shows

37. Night time Cultural Events

Keep an eye out for special nighttime cultural events that might include art exhibitions, theatre performances, film screenings, and more.

38. Rooftop Bars

Elevate your nightlife experience by visiting one of Bilbao’s rooftop bars. Sip on cocktails while enjoying panoramic views of the city’s twinkling lights. Check out these great rooftop bars.

  • Collection Rooftop Bar – Gran Vía de Don Diego López de Haro, 4
  • Sixty One Lobby Bar – Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao, Mazarredo Zumarkalea, 61

39. Evening Shopping

Some stores and boutiques in Bilbao extend their opening hours, offering a unique shopping experience after sunset. 

Explore trendy shops and pick up souvenirs during your night time adventures.

40. Outdoor Gatherings

Join the locals in enjoying warm summer nights by participating in outdoor gatherings, picnics, or open-air movie screenings. 

A lot of the local spaniards love to parade on the boardwalk in the evening and a walk along the river in central Bilbao is a lovely experience.

I walked a long stretch of the river during the day and the weather was glorious.

Pilgrim Mark Stevens in Bilbao
Pilgrim Mark Stevens in Bilbao

41. Casino Bilbao

If you like trying your chance with Lady Luck, enjoy the atmosphere at Casino Bilbao, where you can enjoy a variety of games and entertainment in a glamorous setting.

LocationAlameda Urquijo 13, Lutxana Kalea, s/n, 48008 Bilbao Spain

42. Night Photography

Capture the city’s charm in a different light by embarking on a night photography expedition. The illuminated architecture and lively streets offer endless opportunities for captivating shots.

43. Camino del Norte

For those seeking a unique and serene experience, consider walking a few days along the Camino del Norte, a historic pilgrimage route that stretches along the northern coast of Spain. 

While a full pilgrimage is an extensive journey, a short walk allows you to experience a taste of the Camino de Santiago’s beauty and spirituality.

Even on a short walk, the Camino del Norte provides an opportunity for introspection and spiritual reflection. 

Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims who have sought personal growth and a deeper connection with themselves and the world around them.

44. Coastal Beauty

The Camino del Norte offers breathtaking coastal views that provide a soothing backdrop for your walk. The sound of the waves and the sea breeze create a peaceful and meditative atmosphere. 

On my walk along the Camino del Norte the seaside town of Playa de Arena was a welcome break. 

Check out the walking stage from Bilbao to Playa de Arena on the Camino del Norte.

45. Pilgrim's Credential

If you decide to walk a portion of the Camino, you can obtain a pilgrim’s credential, a passport-like document that gets stamped along the way. 

This tradition connects you to the history of the Camino and serves as a meaningful keepsake.

So Many things to do in Bilbao

Bilbao is an amazing city with its fusion of art, culture and vibrant nightlife and is always inviting you to unravel and discover more areas to enjoy yourself.

From historical alleys to modern wonders, every corner promises a new adventure, a new story. So, embark on this journey and let Bilbao’s spirit captivate your heart.

Bilbao is a city that welcomes everyone and embraces you during your stay. 

You’ll love all the amazing things to do in Bilbao which will keep you entertained during your whole stay.

Have a great time in Bilbao !

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