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Bilbao: San Mamés Museum and Stadium Tour

1. Bilbao: San Mamés Museum and Stadium Tour

Access the Museum between gates 19 and 20 of the famous San Mamés stadium where the tour visit begins. Then experience a unique insight into the world of football at grass level. Live the experience of a real-life footballer as you run out onto the field from the tunnel, wander through the locker rooms, and imagine the buzz of excitement in the press room. Along with the stadium tour, visit the modern and innovative Athletic Club museum, home to a wide selection of fascinating football memorabilia. Explore the museum and marvel at its collection of 500 original football-related objects that have been collected over more than a century. See the past and present of the club come to life as you admire trophies, costumes, graphics and audiovisual material celebrating the Red and Whites. There’s plenty to see and do at the museum with 4 audiovisual productions, 13 interactive systems, 600 videos, an immersive video-wall, and a playroom equipped with entertainment for all ages.

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Bilbao: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

2. Bilbao: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Explore Bilbao by bike like a local, on an easy 3-hour tour of all the city’s main sights, accompanied by a knowledgable guide who will tell you the history of the fascinating city and its old and new attractions. Departing from the central Calle de Villarias, follow your guide along bike lanes and pedestrianized streets to avoid the busy traffic. Follow the course of the river to learn why it was essential to the development of the city. Encompassing contemporary and historic sites, the tour will stop at the dramatic Guggenheim Museum, which opened on the banks of the Nervión River and was designed by the architect Frank Gehry in the 1990s. Marvel at the Euskalduna Conference Centre, built on the site of the old shipyards, and see the new San Mamés football stadium. Explore historic Bilbao at sites such as the Neo-baroque Teatro Arriaga. Cycle the narrow streets and wide plazas of the Casco Viejo (Old Town), and discover the site of the old city walls by the San Antón Bridge, linking Bilbao La Vieja and Casco Viejo.

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Bilbao Highlights: Guggenheim and San Mamés with Lunch

3. Bilbao Highlights: Guggenheim and San Mamés with Lunch

Learn the history that has shaped the great Bilbao city of today. Visit both the San Mames football stadium and the Guggenheim Museum. Learn about the 105 years of football played on the same site. Imagine yourself within the players shoes, looking up from the side of the field, hanging out in the locker room. Afterward visit the Museum of Aliron Athletic Club.  Spend the afternoon discovering the importance of the Guggenheim Museum as a worldwide institute. See the temporary and the permanent exhibitions. Finish the tour with a magnificent lunch at the Bistro Restaurant located within the museum. 

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Bilbao: Private Vintage Beetle Car Tour with Pintxo and Wine

4. Bilbao: Private Vintage Beetle Car Tour with Pintxo and Wine

Explore the city of Bilbao in a fun and different way on a 2-hour tour in a classic Volkswagen Beetle. Benefit from the insider knowledge of your local guide, and enjoy included pintxos (Basque tapas), wine tasting, and convenient hotel pickup and drop-off. Begin your tour with pickup at your hotel in Bilbao. Then, drive first to the iconic Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. Appreciate the range of architecture showcasing both old and modern buildings, such as the Iberdrola Tower, the symbol of modernity in the new Bilbao. A few minutes later, stop to take some photos of the San Mamés Stadium, known as “La Catedral” by fans of the local Athletic Bilbao football team. Continue through the beautiful Azkuna Zentro building, an old wine warehouse that has been converted into a cultural center. Next, cross through the city center to reach the Old Town. Enjoy a 30-minute stop to taste a Rioja wine and a pintxo in a typical bar in the area. Finally, pass by the University of Deusto before being dropped off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about San Mamés Stadium

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 374 reviews

Had the best experience ever. I’ve been at a lot of the stadiums since I’m a big Chelsea supporter, but only Athletic history made me book a tour even without the game itself. It was absolutely amazing and I can’t thank both of our tour guides enough. They were incredible & it was really interesting talking to someone who’s travelling away as well & knows their club 100%. Unfortunately I didn’t ask their name but the tour was on 26.01.20 and I would recommend this to everyone. My friend she’s not a football fan, but she enjoyed it a lot!

Good choice of activity for football fans The guide (# 4) was extremely engaged and knowledgeable about football - and spoke good English - he alternated seamlessly between English and Spanish. Although we were only 4 English speakers and the rest Spanish, he gave us just as much time. Fantastic stadium and museum. Looking forward to the match there tonight.

Very nice to know a lot of the city history. Should do it as first to explore the city centre and activities. Tour guide was great!!

It was a nice way to learn something about soccer. Even if you don’t like soccer you will like the tour!

Good option to get a different insight into the city.