Bilbao
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Our most recommended Bilbao Neighborhood Tours

  • Bilbao: Old Quarter Walking Guided Tour

    1. Bilbao: Old Quarter Walking Guided Tour

    Over 500 years of history will be explored on this walking tour. From the Cathedral of Santiago, Plaza Nueva, the Church of St. Anton and the ruins on which it stands, to the Mercado de la Ribera. This is where the town was born, this is where the port was, and from where the city opened to the world - serving as a bridge between northern Europe and the Hispanic kingdoms. You'll be guided by your professional tour guide in a small group. Learn the history that took place in the streets that Miguel de Unamuno once walked through. Your guide will also take you on a traditional “txikiteo” or “poteo” (bar crawl) to the area's most iconic bars.

    Javier did an excellent job. Good command of English, friendly, very enthusiastic about his city. Only two people - my wife and myself - on the walking tour of the Old Quarter.

  • From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast Tour

    2. From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast Tour

    Explore the stunning sights of San Sebastian, one of Europe’s most charming cities just an hour away from Bilbao, famous for its high quality food and pintxos, a traditional Spanish snack. Start the day with a wander around the city with your expert guide and learn about the area and the locals. Refuel your energy with a stop for some pintxos and a refreshing drink to keep you going throughout the day. Next, visit a number of small fishing villages on the coast, including Orio, Getaria, and San Telmo, and get to know the locals and their traditional way of life.

  • Bilbao: Personalized Guided Tour With a Local

    3. Bilbao: Personalized Guided Tour With a Local

    Create your dream tour of Bilbao with this customizable guided tour. Pick and choose the sights and attractions that interest you most and avoid wasting time on an organized tour. Choose a timeframe that suits your requirements. With 2,3,4 or 6-hour options available, there's a tour option for every group. Immerse yourself in Bilbao's renowned culture, gastronomy and way of life with a local guide who will show you the best places to shop, eat and explore.  For food lovers, visit the Ribera Market or go for a stroll through the restaurants and cafés of the Old Town. To discover the city's history, head to the imposing Guggenheim Museum or Santiago Cathedral. If you prefer to spend the day in nature, choose to visit the Bilbao estuary. Culture lovers will delight at the Arriaga Theater and Azkuna Zentroa. Whatever you're into, find it in Bilbao.

    Tour guide Javier was friendly, knowledgeable, passionate about Bilbao and working very hard to speak excellent English. He treated my grandma very nicely. I had communicated, however, that at 80 years old, my grandma would not be able to do a long walking tour. I even indicated I thought the tour would be partly by car, but no one corrected me in our communications prior. We met very far from Old Town Bilbao, which was the most interesting part, and by the time we got there (a lovely long walk along the river that was too much for my grandma and our small kids), they were out of energy. I wish we had started in Old Town and then we could have driven to the Guggenheim because the walk was too much for my grandma. Great for active folks who want someone to give details on the sights. Bilbao is just gorgeous!

  • Bilbao Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

    4. Bilbao Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

    Explore Bilbao with a friendly local who is passionate about the city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make your visit even more enjoyable. Choose a 2, 3 or 4-hour duration for this customized tour. Meet your guide where you're staying so that you can start out getting familiar with the neighborhood. The local guide can provide loads of useful information about the easiest way to get around, the top things to see and do and the best places to eat and buy groceries. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your time in Bilbao.

    This is great way to get to know the area you are visiting before setting out on your own. We had the two hour tour on our first morning. Our guide was Inigo and he was wonderful. He showed us many places of interest and he gave us lots of information. He did this in a sensitive and intelligent way. We highly recommend this tour.

  • Bilbao: Guided Pintxos Tour

    5. Bilbao: Guided Pintxos Tour

    Take a journey to mix with the locals. Take a tour through the bars of the old town of Bilbao with a local guide, who was born in Bilbao. This unique gastronomic experience is a must when visiting the Basque Country. Delve into the lifestyle and traditions of the inhabitants of Bilbao, explore the old part of the city and taste the most traditional pintxos.  Learn about the origin and development of the city by visiting four traditional places to taste typical pintxos, one of the specialties of the exquisite Basque cuisine. The pintxo is the Basque version of the Spanish tapa and is taken with a typical drink, usually wine or txakoli. They are delicious gourmet sandwiches that you can find everywhere.

  • Bilbao: Classic & Modern Guided Walking Tour with Pintxos

    6. Bilbao: Classic & Modern Guided Walking Tour with Pintxos

    In a 3-hour guided tour, discover medieval Bilbao’s charming streets and squares along with the intense commercial and port activity that made this city into what it is today. Start by meeting your guide and delving into the city’s ancient past: see the city’s outer walls, the Gothic Cathedral of Santiago, the Plaza Nueva, and the emblematic Church of San Antón, totaling more than 500 years of history that seems to transcend time.   Then, continue your tour to the well-known Ensanche, a key sign of the progress of this city. See the urban development of Bilbao and its architectural wonders from the 19th through to the 21st century. It will be here that you’ll witness the pulsating heart of a city that exudes both tradition and avant-garde style.   Your visit ends with the opportunity to sample one of the most iconic Bilbao foods: pintxos. These are small snacks skewered with a toothpic...

  • From Bilbao: Elorrio, Oñati, and Sanctuary of Arantzazu Tour

    7. From Bilbao: Elorrio, Oñati, and Sanctuary of Arantzazu Tour

    Discover the heart of the Basque Country - rural villages, palaces, historical buildings and a breathtaking landscape. Old Basque family palaces, the oldest university of the Basque Country and the Sanctuary of Arantzazu are among some of the sights that are yet to be discovered. After being picked up at your hotel you will begin the tour along the road towards the center of the province of Biscay. You will be able to see a beautiful landscape full of mountains and the industrialized area of Durango. Later you will arrive at the traditional village of Elorrio. With the largest collection of family crests in the Basque Country, this small village holds the real essence of rural life. You can stroll through the small streets to the traditional palaces and the magnificent church of Santa Maria de la Asuncion. Afterwards you will head towards the village of Oinati. Here you will be able t...

  • From San Sebastian: Bilbao Tour with Guggenheim Museum

    8. From San Sebastian: Bilbao Tour with Guggenheim Museum

    Enjoy a perfect morning in Bilbao city, the economical capital of the Basque Country, in a small-group tour to avoid the crowds. You will receive an accurate view of this historic city guided by a local guide, who will explain all you need to know, from history to gastronomy and other details. Your tour begins with pick-up in your hotel. After driving for about an hour, you will arrive to Bilbao and go sightseeing, where your tour guide will explain to you all the details and history of the biggest city of the Basque country. You will see the Ria de Bilbao, the Casco Viejo area with the 7 streets, the Arriaga Theater and many more. Later you will enjoy the modern art at the Guggenheim Bilbao museum, where the building itself is pure art (total time located for museum visit is around 2-3 hours). Following this, you will head back to San Sebastian where your guide will drop you off at yo...

  • From San Sebastian: Bilbao & Guggenheim Museum Private Tour

    9. From San Sebastian: Bilbao & Guggenheim Museum Private Tour

    Discover the highlights of Bilbao on a private tour of major attractions such as the Guggenheim Museum and Ribera Market. Explore the Old Town quarter to see beautiful architecture and charming streets, and get a sense of how the locals live. Admire monuments such as City Hall and Santiago Cathedral, consecrated in honor of the apostle Saint James the Great. Look at the Gothic façade of the Church of San Antón, and discover off-the-beaten-path locations known only to the locals. Stroll through an old train station and window shop the fancy stores of the Gran Vía de Don Diego López de Haro avenue. Reach the magnificent Guggenheim Museum on the banks of the Nervion River, and take a fully guided tour inside to see the permanent collections of contemporary art.

    Daniel is a superb tour guide. My sister and I wanted to take him with us everywhere. Very informative and easy to communicate with. Great balance between guiding and giving us our space. We definitely recommend his services. Thanks for a great day! Kim and Dawn

  • Bilbao Ranking of Modern Architecture

    10. Bilbao Ranking of Modern Architecture

    At the beginning of the 19th century, a new modern and bright city was designed. The bourgeoisie wanted to follow the models of Paris and London in their efforts to transform the city. This is how Bilbao was created, or more specifically, the first "Ensanche", the first growth zone on the other side of the river at the moment when the city was involved in industrialization at the end of the Nineteenth Century. Don Diego Lopez de Haro, Lord of Bizkaia, founded the town in 1300. Now, the business center of this city is in Circular Square. The lime trees give shade and perfume to the Gran Vía, inviting you to walk, look at shops, and admire the facades. The tour includes: the inner beach of Bilbao, the statue of the founder of the town, the train station with its representation of the history of Bilbao, gardens, the most important banks of the city, the Chavarri Palace, the Provincial Cou...

    Javier was wonderful! He is knowledgeable and enthusiastic and personalized the tour based on his experience and even our interests.

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What people are saying about Bilbao

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 155 reviews

A great tour, with a very good relaxing local guide, who has a lot of knowledge and big heart for Bilbao’s underground/art/culture scene, and he also speaks English very well. Next to this, he knows the history of Bilbao very well. During the trip, we thanks to the guide got a very interesting insider look into Bilbao’s underground, art & graffiti scene, which gave us a very good understanding of the vibe of the city and we also saw a lot of great street art. A great experience with a great guide, if you want to see Bilbao from another side than only the standard tourists attractions.

Javier was wonderful! He is knowledgeable and enthusiastic and personalized the tour based on his experience and even our interests.

Highly recommend, you get to know Bilbao in a different way - thanks to the great guide!

Javier did an outstanding job showing us around, it was a perfect 2 hours tour

Our guide Xavier was very interesting and adapted the visit to our desires.