Cheap flights to Bilbao
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 one of the carnival processions in Bilbao on 13-17 February. The city comes alive at carnival time and dressing up isn't just for children. Buy yourself a coloured wig or a pirate hat and join in the fun and games.
The permanent collection at the Bellas Artes Museum has exhibits from world-class painters including Goya, Bacon and El Greco. Check out the website for current exhibitions and take advantage of free entry on Wednesdays (2 Museo Plaza, museobilbao.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.
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