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 some of the best blues musicians from around the world at the XXVI International Getxo Blues Festival (Metro Algorta) on 17-19 July. Concerts in the Plaza Alai or the Piper's Irish Pub. Reasonably priced tickets and some free concerts. spain.info
Don't miss the exhibition 'Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collections' at the Guggenheim Museum. Exhibits include paintings and sculptures from the dawn of the 20th century to the present day by world-renowned artists such as Picasso and Modigliani as well as lesser-known artists. Until 10 May (2 Avenida Abandoibarra, guggenheim-bilbao.es).
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.
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).
Visit one of the colourful San Pedro fiestas on and around 29 June in Mundaka, Lekeitio, Sestao or Sopelana, all a short bus or metro ride from Bilbao. Expect music, dance, good food and a round-the-clock party atmosphere for people of all ages.
Visit one of the popular fiestas to celebrate San Pedro on 29 June. The nearby fishing town of Lekeitio celebrates in style with around-the-clock events, processions, traditional food and drink and lots of music and dancing. Buses leave from outside Abando Station and there is extra transport laid on for the fiesta.
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.