51. Bilbao  SPAIN  Total Sights: 15+ |  Nickname: "The Hole"

 

 

 

 

A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Bilbao

Spain  Bilbao, situated on the estuary of the River Nervíon in northern Spain is a great example of successful city planning. From a rather gritty industrial port town 30 years ago it developed into a highly attractive tourist destination with around 345,000 inhabitants and a wonderful atmosphere. 

The main draw is obviously the the fascinating Guggenheim Museum. This mighty star of modern architecture by the famous architect Frank Gehry still looks incredibly modern even if it was inaugurated back in 1997.

If you want to see great paintings (classic or modern) the Fine Arts Museum with its carefully assembled collection might be even a better choice.

  The titanium covered Guggenheim Museum is for many the main reason to visit Bilbao, but once you're there this fascinating city offers various other attractions, large pedestrian zones (mainly in the lively old town), solid shopping and of course incredible tasty basque food (the pinchos!).

Furthermore the biggest city in Basque country provides great options for nearby excursions and the transport system with a stylish modern metro is excellent. 

  Bilbao has no noticeable weaknesses.

Criteria 

Sights 

Location

Pedestrian Zones

Affordability

Safety 

Cleanliness

 Shopping

Climate

People

Nightlife 

Transport

 Size

Total Score

Score

5.80/10

6.5/10

6.5/10

4.75/10

6.5/10

6.5/10

4.75/10

5.5/10

6.5/10

5.5/10

7.25/10

5/10 [0.345 mio.]

181.65

B. Best Things to Do in Bilbao (Detailed List with Photos and Information)

These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 5.80/10.

Guggenheim Museum  8
Museum  (completed 1997)

Best Things to Do in Bilbao

Fine Arts Museum  6
Museum  (Most famous painting: "St. Sebastian cured by the Holy Women" by José de Ribera [1621]))

Best Things to Do in Bilbao

Casco Viejo (Old Town)  6
City District

Best Things to Do in Bilbao

Funicular Artxanda and Mount Artxanda  6
Funicular Railway  (with view)

Best Things to Do in Bilbao

Zubizuri White Bridge  5
Bridge  (by Santiago Calatrava)

Best Things to Do in Bilbao

Azkuna Zentroa  5
Modern Building  (multi-purpose venue)

Best Things to Do in Bilbao

Parque Doña Casilda de Iturrizar 5
Park  (0.085 km2 [21 acres], created 1907)

Best Things to Do in Bilbao

Begoña Sanctuary  4
Church

Best Things to Do in Bilbao, 8) Begona Sanctuary

Ribera Market  4
Indoor Market

Best Things to Do in Bilbao, Ribera Market

Bilbao Maritime Museum  4
Museum

Best Things to Do in Bilbao, Bilbao Maritime Museum

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

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C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in Bilbao

-Basque health department building (modern building)  4

-Bilbao-Abando Train Station  4

-Teatro Arriaga (opera house)  4

-City Hall  4

-Palacio de la Diputacion  4

-Euskal Museoa Bilbao Museo Vasco (museum)  4

-Plaza Nueva (square)  4

-Plaza Moyua (square)  4

D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from Bilbao

 San Sebastian (city, 101 km from Bilbao)  7

VIZCAYA BRIDGE (13 km from Bilbao, World Heritage Site since 2006)  6

Vitoria-Gasteiz (city, 62 km from Bilbao)   6

E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Bilbao (including close-by excursions)


Guggenheim Museum  8
  San Sebastian (city, 101 km )  7
Fine Arts Museum  6
  VIZCAYA BRIDGE (13 km )  6
 Casco Viejo (Old Town)  6
  Vitoria-Gasteiz (city, 62 km )  6
 Funicular Artxanda and Mount Artxanda   6
 Zubizuri White Bridge  5
 Azkuna Zentroa (modern building)   5
 Begoña Sanctuary  4



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