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.
The Riverside Market on the estuary in the Old Quarters has been around since the 15th century. Recently remodelled, this emblematic building sells fresh produce every day and is worth a visit just to hear the stall holders' banter. Browse meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, cheeses and more.
Don't miss the spectacular Three Kings Procession on 5 January. Carnival floats carrying their Royal Highnesses pass through the streets of Bilbao, stopping at the town hall to greet the masses and give gifts to the children. The procession starts at 6pm but the celebrations continue until late.
Lekeitio is a sleepy little fishing town about an hour from Bilbao. It's an ideal choice for a day out. Visit some cultural landmarks such as the 15th-century gothic church, or just go for a stroll around the Old Quarters and enjoy some seafood pintxos (tapas) in the bars and restaurants in the port. Buses run regularly from the central bus station.
Take the metro to the end of the line and enjoy a day at the nearby seaside town of Plentzia. Have a drink in one of the bars, choose a restaurant for dinner, then watch the surfers doing their thing. Waves reach record heights during the winter months.