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Insight Guides Pocket Bilbao

Travel made easy. Ask local experts.

The definitive pocket-sized travel guide.

Part of our UEFA Euro 2020 guidebook series. If you're planning to visit Estadio de San Mamés in Bilbao to watch Euro 2020 matches, then this pocket guidebook provides all the information you need to make the most of your trip, from ready-made itineraries to help you explore the city when you're not at the game, to essential advice about getting around.    

Compact, concise and packed full of essential information about where to go and what to do, this is the ideal on-the-move travel guide for exploring Bilbao. From top tourist attractions like Plaza Nueva, Catedral de Santiago and the iconic Guggnheim, to cultural gems, including the cheerful Art Nouveau Bilbao Santander, a visit to the culturally rich Semana Grande festival and a strol along the Arenal bridge, plan your perfect trip with this practical, all-in-one travel guide.

Features of this travel guide to Bilbao:
- Inspirational itineraries: discover the best destinations, sights and excursions, highlighted with stunning photography
- Historical and cultural insights: delve into the city's rich history and culture, and learn all about its people, art and traditions
- Practical full-colour maps: with every major attraction highlighted, the maps make on-the-ground navigation easy
- Key tips and essential information: from transport to tipping, we've got you covered
- Covers: Casco Viejo; Ensanche (Plaza Circular and Plaza Moyua); Around the Guggenheim; The Basque Coast; Gernika; San Sebastian; Vitoria; Rioja

Looking for a comprehensive guide to Spain? Check out Insight Guides Northern Spain for a detailed and entertaining look at all the country has to offer.

About Insight Guides: Insight Guides is a pioneer of full-colour guide books, with almost 50 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides with user-friendly, modern design. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps, as well as phrase books, picture-packed eBooks and apps to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.



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Date de parution 01 mars 2020
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9781839052330
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 12 Mo

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How To Use This E-Book

Getting Around the e-Book
This Pocket Guide e-book is designed to give you inspiration and planning advice for your visit to Bilbao, and is also the perfect on-the-ground companion for your trip.
The guide begins with our selection of Top 10 Attractions, plus a Perfect Itinerary feature to help you plan unmissable experiences. The Introduction and History chapters paint a vivid cultural portrait of Bilbao, and the Where to Go chapter gives a complete guide to all the sights worth visiting. You will find ideas for activities in the What to Do section, while the Eating Out chapter describes the local cuisine and gives listings of the best restaurants. The Travel Tips offer practical information to help you plan your trip. Finally, there are carefully selected hotel listings.
In the Table of Contents and throughout this e-book you will see hyperlinked references. Just tap a hyperlink once to skip to the section you would like to read. Practical information and listings are also hyperlinked, so as long as you have an external connection to the internet, you can tap a link to go directly to the website for more information.
All key attractions and sights in Bilbao are numbered and cross-referenced to high-quality maps. Wherever you see the reference [map], tap once to go straight to the related map. You can also double-tap any map for a zoom view.
You’ll find lots of beautiful high-resolution images that capture the essence of Bilbao. Simply double-tap an image to see it in full-screen.
About Insight Guides
Insight Guides have more than 40 years’ experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce 400 full-colour titles, in both print and digital form, covering more than 200 destinations across the globe, in a variety of formats to meet your different needs.
Insight Guides are written by local authors, whose expertise is evident in the extensive historical and cultural background features. Each destination is carefully researched by regional experts to ensure our guides provide the very latest information. All the reviews in Insight Guides are independent; we strive to maintain an impartial view. Our reviews are carefully selected to guide you to the best places to eat, go out and shop, so you can be confident that when we say a place is special, we really mean it.
© 2020 Apa Digital (CH) AG and Apa Publications (UK) Ltd

Table of Contents
Bilbao’s Top 10 Attractions
Top Attraction #1
Top Attraction #2
Top Attraction #3
Top Attraction #4
Top Attraction #5
Top Attraction #6
Top Attraction #7
Top Attraction #8
Top Attraction #9
Top Attraction #10
A Perfect Day in Bilbao
The Guggenheim Effect
Looking Down
Meet the Basques
Strangers welcome
Beyond Bilbao
A Brief History
Founding of Bilbao
Commercial development in the 15th to 18th centuries
Wars of the 19th century
The Haves and the Have Nots of Progress
20th century
The Transformation of Bilbao
History Landmarks
Where To Go
The Casco Viejo
Into the Casco Viejo: Plaza Nueva
Two Basque Museums
The Cathedral and the Library
The Market and the riverside
Bilbao La Vieja
Begoña and Beyond
The Ensanche
Around the Plaza Circular
Detours from the Gran Vía
The Gran Vía East
Around the Alhóndiga
The Gran Vía West
Museo Marítimo Ría de Bilbao
A walk through Contemporary Bilbao
Museo Guggenheim
On From the Guggenheim
The North Bank
City Hall
Up Artxanda
The University and Downstream
A lesson in Basque
Rivermouth/port and beaches/the seaside
Portugalete and Santurtzi
Bilbao’s beaches
The Basque Coast
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
Guernika (Gernika)
Back to the coast
On the way to San Sebastián
San Sebastián
Casco Viejo
Monte Urgull
Playa de La Concha and Monte Igeldo
Rioja Alavesa
What To Do
Shopping areas
Department stores and shopping centres
What to buy
Opera, Classical Music, theatre and cinema
Live Music (Pop and rock and other genres)
Nightlife bars (for drinking not for eating) and nightclubs
Sports and activities plan
Cycling and other wheels
River cruising
Adventure Sports
Whale Watching
Spectator Sports
Activities for children
Museums and other sights
Parks and other spaces to run around
Bilbao’s Seaside
Escape Rooms
Day trips
Calendar of Events
Eating Out
Eating hours
Where to eat
Fish and Seafood
Vegetarians and vegan cuisine
Cold Drinks
Hot Drinks
Reading the Menu
To Help You Order
Useful words
To read the menu
Casco Viejo
Basque Coast
San Sebastián
A–Z Travel Tips
Bicycle rental
Budgeting for Your Trip
Car Hire
Crime and Safety
Embassies and Consulates
Getting There
Guides and Tours
Health and Medical Care
LGBTQ Travellers
Opening Times
Post Offices
Public Holidays
Time Zones
Tourist Information
Travellers with Disabilities
Visas and Entry Requirements
Websites and Internet Access
Recommended Hotels
Casco Viejo
North of the River
Basque Coast
San Sebastian

Bilbao’s Top 10 Attractions

Top Attraction #1

Museo Guggenheim
The symbol of the regenerated city. For more information, click here .

Top Attraction #2

Puente Bizkaia
Take the high level walkway across the river. For more information, click here .

Top Attraction #3

Casco Viejo
A dense cluster of old streets around the cathedral. For more information, click here .

Top Attraction #4

Artxanda funicular
Take this quaint inclined railway up the hillside. For more information, click here .

Top Attraction #5

Azkuna Zentroa
Warehouse-turned-arts-and-entertainment-centre. For more information, click here .

Top Attraction #6

Pintxos bars
Tapas are taken to another gourmet level in the city’s innumerable bars. For more information, click here .

Top Attraction #7

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
The most spectacular sight on the Basque Coast. For more information, click here .

Top Attraction #8
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San Sebastián
An elegant holiday resort built around a perfect crescent shaped beach. For more information, click here .

Top Attraction #9

Café Iruña
Drop into this classic Bilbao bar. For more information, click here .

Top Attraction #10

Museo de Bellas Artes
The city’s celebrated fine arts has a huge collection of art here. For more information, click here .

A Perfect Day in Bilbao


Breakfast with the best view
Many bars and cafés don’t open early and your best option for breakfast is in a hotel. If money is no object, have breakfast on the terrace of the Gran Hotel Domine, with its incomparable view of the Guggenheim. If you want something cheaper, go up to Alameda Mazarredo to Sua San at No 79.


River cruising
Spend the morning actively getting a feel for Bilbao. The best way to do that is to make for the waterside, the ria. Visit the Maritime Museum and then take to the water itself either in a canoe, a self-drive motor boat or on a guided river tour. Alternatively, hire bikes or ebikes and cycle down one river bank, cross over and poodle back along the other.


Whether you choose wheels or water, that should see you nicely to lunchtime – which you can put off until 2 or 3pm. Etxanobe Euskalduna has tremendous views and excellent food for high prices. If you want less fuss, you can eat just as well in the Ensanche where there are plenty of restaurants, notably El Globo, which will serve you pintxos or something more substantial.


Afternoon in the Old Quarter
Walk or catch a bus or metro to the Casco Viejo. Stroll a

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