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Basque Country Top Attractions

Top 7 things to see and do in Basque Country

  • Bilbao is a beautiful city to walk around especially in the old town area, Casco Viejo. This neighborhood, situated on the right bank of the river, is full of stunning Basque architecture and interesting sights. The heart of the Casco Viejo lies around the historical seven streets of Bilbao, the oldest part of the neighborhood, featuring enticing shops, cafés and an abundance of taverns to choose from for an excellent culinary experience. This is the part of town where you can spend hours just walking around, either checking out the St ...

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  • Gaztelugatxe is a small peninsula on the coast of Biscay that is connected to the mainland by a man-made footbridge over the rocks. On the top of Gaztelugatxe islet stands a small chapel that is dedicated to San Juan (St. John) and can be reached by climbing 231 stairs. The effort to the top will be rewarded with breathtaking views over the rugged Basque coastline.


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  • The Ribera Market is situated in the southern corner of the Old Town, right next to the river. This marketplace, built in 1929, is a perfect place to experience the everyday life of Bilbao. The 10,000-square-meter space is characterized by its open spaces inside and over-sized stained glass windows that allow natural light to enter. Here you find high-quality Basque culinary products, fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, and other ingredients used to prepare the regional cuisine ...

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  • The Basilica of Begoña - featured by an impressive triumphal arch in its facade - is located on a picturesque hilltop that overlooks the Old Town of Bilbao. This important pilgrimage church features an image of the Virgin of Begoña, patroness of the city and without a doubt, the most important Virgin in Bilbao (the locals often call her “Amatxo,” which means mom in Basque). The easiest way to reach the Basilica is by taking the lift from behind the Church of San Nicolás. Alternatively, you can take a footpath, which requires a 20-minute walk to the top of the hill, from which you get exceptional views of the city ...

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    The Guggenheim Museum exterior in Bilbao, Spain.

    Designed by architect Frank Gehry, this museum is widely recognized as one of the most famous architectural buildings in modern times. The museum displays an impressive collection of artworks from famous artists like Andy Warhol and Picasso.

    Since its opening in 1997, the museum has become one of the top attraction in Bilbao.  ...

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  • * Regular pre-pandemic touristic activity level.

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