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 a colourful exhibition of popular paintings of Kinshasa at the Galeria Kalao Bilbao, which specialises in art from the Sub Sahara. Until 26 April (6 Calle Arbolantxa, kalaobilbao.com).
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.
Head to the nearby beach town of Plentzia, at the end of the metro line. Go for a walk along the water's edge, call in for a few drinks in the bars of the old quarter and eat lunch at one of the restaurants in the little fishing port. You won't be disappointed.