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The Bilbao Guggenheim Museum
has become the cultural and tourist icon of the Basque Country.
A breathtaking building, built by Frank O. Gehry in 1997, somewhat startlingly  sheathed in titanium. A magnificent building in it's own right but also contains several wonderful art collections from around the world.
Art through the centuries (El Greco, Zurbarán, Goya, and Van Dyck), contemporary art (Gauguin, Bacon, and Tàpies), and Basque art (Regoyos, Zuloaga, and Iturrino).

 
 
Places to visit in Bilbao
Basilica de Begona
So The Virgin Mary' appeared in Bilbao  to signify the fact they built an impressive church on the spot in 1519.

 The Basilica de Begona
 
Hanging Bridge/ Puente Colgante
a rather dainty bridge joins the quiet area of Las Arenas and the historic old town Portugalete. The bridge is over the Nervion Estuary.
 
It must be safe, musn't it?
 
Plaza de Espana
Another fine city square, nicely drawn though, worth seeing.
 
 
Feria de Artesania de Bilbao
Sounds fancy doesn't it, not really though; it's just a great flea market
 
Paseo de El Arenal-Plaza Nueva Bilbao 48005
Spain
 
Feria del Libro
Another popular flea market
Flea/street market,
 
Specialty shop
Puente de San Antón Bilbao 48005
Spain
 
Mercado Rural de Santo Tomas
 Flea/street market
They like their flea markets in Bilbao. Try this one.
APaseo de El Arenal
Plaza Nueva Bilbao 48005
Spain
 
Old Quarter (Casco Viejo)
This where you need to be for your shopping.
Basque character along with all that can found in any city in the world.
 Indautxi and Ensanche, and
Casco Viejo are the centres of shopping and 'being in the right places to be seen'  Get to the centre of the old quarter at 64 Graceful Arches, which enclose Plaza Nueva and were built in 1830. The entire barrio is a Spanish national landmark .
 
Cathedral de Santiago
Surviving on it's original site from the 1300s,  later restored in the 16th century after being damaged by a fire.
As one of the original structures to be built in Bilbao, it is a landmark of the Old Quarter.


 
 
Museums
País Vasco
Vizcaya - Bizkaia
Bilbao

Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao - Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao (Bilbao)
tel. +34 944396060

Museo Arqueológico, Etnográfico e Histórico Vasco - Museum of Basque Archaeology, Ethnography and History (Bilbao)
tel. +34 944169246 +34 944155423

Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro - Diocesan Museum of Religious Art (Bilbao)
tel. +34 944320125

Museo Guggenheim Bilbao - Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (Bilbao)
tel. +34 944359080

Museo Marítimo Ría de Bilbao - Estuary of Bilbao Maritime Museum (Bilbao)
tel. +34 902131000

ANTZE
Concepcion Careaga
Art gallery, Specialty shop
Address: Plaza del Ensanche, 9 Bilbao 48009
Spain
Tel: 34-94-4230638
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kafe Antzokia
The best live music venue in Bilbao
Welcome to Kafe Antzokia
Welcome to Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao's most important live music hotspot, now also open in Ondarroa, a coastal village between Bilbao and San Sebastian.
Open in Bilbao in December 1995, Kafe Antzokia is a former theatre building renewed to become a complete cultural venue. Our stage features mostly music (from Basque music to international pop-rock bands, world music, reggae...) and theatre.
In addition to the shows on stage, our DJ's play a wide selection of music every weekend, with special attention to Basque pop-rock. So, Kafe Antzokia is one of the most crowded places in Bilbao every saturday night.
But Kafe Antzokia is not alive only by night. At every hour of the day there are different ambiances and people. In the morning, many students came to have a coffee break. And at lunch time, it becomes a restaurant (with tables set even on the stage!) wich serves meals daily for more than 200 people.
Every sunday afternoon children have their time to enjoy clowns' shows and theatre. Youths between 12 and 16 also have their own activities every saturday afternoon.
Kafe Antzokia is not just a music club with live shows like so many others you may already know. it's part of a collective project which is "non profit" or which we could better describe as "cultural profit". All the revenues generated by our work are re-invested in promoting our language, the Basque language, by means of Zenbat Gara, the culture association funded by Kafe Antzokia.
 
other bars and clubs
 
Cotton Club
Popular venue for those who like live blues music being played.
 Bar/club
Address: 25 Gregorio de la Revilla Bilbao 48010
Spain
Tel: 34 94 410 49 51
 
Caos
Bar/club
Nightlife
 10 Calle Simon Bolívar Bilbao 48010
Spain
 
Basque traditionalism and an up to date attitude make Bilbao an interesting and vibrant city.
Bilbao is well known for its up to date and in your face attitude. If it's new and trendy then it must be Bilbao.
Avant-garde art, fashion, music and leisure are an everyday affair in Bilbao, a city filled with trendy shops, great pop and rock concerts, and excellent venues for live performances.
Allthe events in Bilbao are well documented on other pages in this site such as  Bilbao Fantasy Cinema Festival, in April and May, and the International Short Film and Documentary Festival in November.
The city teems with attractive night spot for young people from the whole northern area of the peninsula, adding new initiatives like the city council's Bilbao-Gaua (Bilbao-Night) to the traditional nightclubs, bars,and "clubbing" areas. Each weekend, this nightly leisure programme offers numerous activities to young people; all kinds of games, workshops, classes, storytelling gatherings, and cinema sessions around the different districts of the city.


 
Football
Athletic Bilbao

Full name Athletic Club
Nickname(s) Los Leones (The Lions)
Founded 1898

Ground San Mamés,
Bilbao, Spain
(Capacity 39,750[1])
League La Liga
Famous for two main things; they have never been out of the top flight of Spanish football and were a founding team in 1928.
Secondly and most importantly in this day and age they only play footballers from the Basque territories and are much admired for it.
They have won La Liga on eight occasions and the Copa del Rey twenty-four times.
They are known as the Rojiblancos or Zurigorri because of their red and white striped shirts and as Los Leones because their stadium was built near a church called San Mamés (Saint Mammes). Mammes was an early Christian thrown to the lions by the Romans. The lions refused to eat Mames and he was later made a saint.

 
País Vasco
Vizcaya - Bizkaia
Bilbao

Iglesia de San Nicolás - San Nicolás Church (Bilbao)
tel. +34 944163424

Iglesia de San Vicente Mártir - San Vicente Mártir Church (Bilbao)
tel. +34 944231296 +34 944233546

Basílica de Begoña - Begoña Basilica (Bilbao)
tel. +34 944127091

Universidad de Deusto - Deusto University (Bilbao)
tel. +34 944139000

Mercado de la Ribera - Mercado de la Ribera Market (Bilbao)
tel. +34 944157086

Palacio de Congresos y de la Música Euskalduna - Euskalduna Conference and Music Centre (Bilbao)
tel. +34 944035000

Teatro Arriaga - Arriaga Theatre (Bilbao)
tel. +34 944792036

Palacio de la Diputación - Regional Government Building (Bilbao)
tel. + 34 944067777

Ayuntamiento de Bilbao - Bilbao Town Hall (Bilbao)
tel. +34 944795760 +34 944452828

Catedral de Santiago – Santiago Cathedral (Bilbao)
tel. +34 944154455 +34 944153627
 

 

 

Bilbao
Vizcaya - Bizkaia
 Basque Country
Tourist Office:
Plaza del Ensanche, 11
- 48009 Bilbao
(Vizcaya - Bizkaia)
Tel. +34 944795760
Fax +34 944795761