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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.
See the Disney on Ice family show 'Enchanted Worlds' with all of your favourite Disney characters, on for three days at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre on 19, 20 and 21 April. Tickets cost just €20 and can be bought online. http://bilbaoexhibitioncentre.com/en/
The great soprano diva Montserrat Caballé performs on 13 January at the spectacular Arriaga Theatre. Montserrat will be accompanied by her daughter, the soprano Montserat Martí and tenor Jordi Galán. Tickets from €11, for more information visit teatroarriaga.com.
Go to the XXVIII International Getxo Blues Festival from 14 - 16 July in nearby Algorta, which you can reach by metro. All concerts take place in the Plaza Biotz Alai and the Piper's Irish Pub. Programme details are available from any tourist office.
Go to the Bellas Artes Museum (2 Plaza del Museo), where paintings by Goya, Gaugín, El Greco, Bacon and many others are on show. There's a gift shop with some great Bilbao souvenirs, as well as a cosy café. Free on Wednesdays.
Go to the last ever concert of the legendary Basque traditional band Oskorri at the Teatro Arriaga (Plaza Arriaga, 1, tel. 946 850 850) on 22 November. The group has been together for over 45 years. Tickets cost between €8.50 and €25.
Escape to the beach! There are some beautiful ones a short metro ride from the city centre. At Plencia there is a quiet beach, ideal for families. Near to metro Larrabasterra there are two beaches: Barinatxe, a wild beach to the left, with a specially-designated nudist area, and to the right, Arrietara, an ideal spot for surfing.
If you are lucky with the weather take the metro to the beach. Just half an hour from the hustle and bustle of the city, the charming coastal town of Plentzia is a great place to unwind and recharge the batteries. There are plenty of places to eat and drink but Biba's Restaurant deserves a mention for its affordable home-cooked lunch menus.
Escape to Vitoria, capital of the Basque Country, which is famous for food, art and culture. Buses leave from the Termibus station and take about an hour. Visit the Old Quarters, full of bars and restaurants and check out the Artium museum of contemporary art (Francia Kalea, 24, tel 945 20 90 00).