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The bustling metropolis of Bilbao is central to all that is Basque, and is a happy-go-lucky hub of history, culture, nightlife, and art and architecture, as well as being home to Spain’s best cuisine.
There’s something for everyone in Bilbao. World-class museums, art galleries and entertainment make the city a cultural hotspot that’ll lead you on fascinating journeys into history and art. While its array of top-notch Michelin-starred restaurants, authentic food and fish markets, and cute little ‘pintxos’ bars — a sort of Basque version of tapas— Bilbao will transfix your taste buds and see you travelling to the region again and again.
Catch a classical music concert by the award-winning Bilbao Symphony Orchestra on 9, 10, 23 and 24 October at the Palacio Euskalduna (4 Avenida Abandoibarra, euskalduna.net).
"Aste Nagusia" or "Big Week" hits Bilbao on 16-24 August. The city has almost non-stop festivities on offer for all tastes and age groups, including theatre, music, dance, puppet shows, fireworks, traditional sports, a giant fairground and much, much more. astenagusia.com
Enjoy a day trip to the nearby medieval town of Balmaseda, a 30-minute hop from Bilbao. Visit the Basque "Boina" (beret) Museum (laencartadamuseoa.com), go for a guided walk up into the surrounding countryside or enjoy some traditional Basque cooking at one of the bars or restaurants in the old quarters. Frequent trains and buses.