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Plaza Nueva, Bilbao

Plaza Nueva, Bilbao: Our most recommended tours and activities

Bilbao: 3-Hour Guided Highlights Small Group Bike Tour

1. Bilbao: 3-Hour Guided Highlights Small Group 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.

Bilbao: Guided Pintxos Tour

2. 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: Old Quarter Walking Guided Tour

3. 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.

Bilbao: Guided Txacoli Wine Tasting

4. Bilbao: Guided Txacoli Wine Tasting

Discover Txacoli wine on a guided cellar tour and tasting session departing from Bilbao. Explore a century-old cellar and learn more about viticulture in the Basque Country, with a selection of delicious local food products for lunch. Travel to the farmhouse located outside the city. Take a guided tour of the winery and learn about the rich wine tradition of the region, specifically the tradition of Txakoli wine. Learn about the process of making Txakoli with soft, young, fruity flavor characteristic of the region. Hear about the important place this wine has in local culture and regional history. The visit ends on the terrace of the winery, where you can admire impressive views of the vineyards and the slopes of the valley. Then, enjoy a glass of fresh Txakoli, with snacks of typical products from the area. After your tour and tasting, return to central Bilbao.

Bilbao: Boat and Walking Guided Tour with Pintxos

5. Bilbao: Boat and Walking Guided Tour with Pintxos

Enjoy a boat ride along the Bilbao River, pass important buildings including the Guggenheim Museum and the University of Deustro.  Stroll through the city on a walking tour, walk under the different bridges in Bilbao and to Casco Viejo. Finish the tour by tasting a  pintxo (tapa) and having a drink. 

From San Sebastian: Bilbao & Guggenheim Museum Private Tour

6. 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 outside to see the permanent collections of contemporary art. Take your time inside to enjoy the temporary exhibits.

Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Visit & Private Walking Food Tour

7. Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Visit & Private Walking Food Tour

Enjoy a Bilbao adventure that combines two of life's greatest pleasures: food and art. Become mesmerized by the asymmetrical shapes of the Guggenheim Museum's titanium facade and visit its diverse modern art exhibits. Join a guided walking tour through local hotspots to try some traditional pintxos. Step into the Guggenheim with your included admission ticket and browse through the iconic masterpieces of Andy Warhol, Anselm Kiefer, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Get to know the work of Basque artists, such as sculptors Eduardo Chillida and Jorge Oteiza. As you walk through a selection of Impressionist, Modern, and contemporary art pieces, learn why the museum was constructed and how it has impacted Bilbao's prosperity in recent decades. Learn some more about the city's history on a leisurely stroll around the Old Town after your museum visit. Visit Europe's largest covered food market to see the ingredients used in typical cuisine. Stop at a couple of popular bars to taste local craft beers and 'pintxos'. Finally, head over to Plaza Nueva for lunch and have a glimpse into the lifestyle and culture of the city.

From Logroño: Bilbao & Guggenheim Museum Small-Group Tour

8. From Logroño: Bilbao & Guggenheim Museum Small-Group Tour

Begin the tour with pick up from your hotel in Logroño. Then, board a comfortable vehicle and set off towards the historic city of Bilbao, the economic powerhouse of the Basque Country. Enjoy a small-group tour for a more intimate experience.  When you arrive in the city, set off on a guided walking tour to get acquainted with the city's historic past. Starting from Arriaga Theater, follow your guide to Ribiera Market along the Bilbao estuary. As you stroll, learn all about Bilbao's historical importance in the Basque Industrial revolution. See many of the main sights in the Old Town and downtown, listening to the informative commentary from your guide. After that, head over to the spectacular Guggenheim Museum to discover world-class modern art exhibits and architecture. Spend some time exploring the collections with your entrance ticket included in the tour price. Finally, return to the vehicle where you will be dropped off back at your hotel and the tour concludes.

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What people are saying about Plaza Nueva, Bilbao

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 232 reviews

Superb wonderful experience turning in complete safety and ease that allowed me to get to know Bilbao from a completely different point of view from what you might imagine. The simply fantastic guide explained to us the origins and the cultural, social and economic development of the city. Spectacular

Iker is a superb guide and an excellent driver. He has great knowledge of both the history of the region, the architecture and contents of the Guggenheim museum and the nooks and crannies of Bilbao. I would heartily recommend him and hope to travel back to San Sebastián and use his services again!

Wonderful experience! Without a doubt, Chema has been a great guide. He has a lot of disposition and knows the city very well. 100% recommended

The tour was very well structured and gave many different impressions and covered everything important.

We really enjoyed seeing other sites of Bilbao that may not have been on traditional unguided tours.