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.
Guns and Roses perform "Not in this Lifetime" on May 30th in Bilbao's spectacular new football stadium at San Mamés. Tickets range from €60 to €160 but for fans this is a unique opportunity. http://www.gnrbilbao.com
The Three Kings Procession through the streets of the city centre on 5th January. It starts at 6 pm and goes all around Bilbao, ending at the Town Hall where the kings appear to give the crowd a special message. Sweets, dancing, music and a spectacular light and sound display.
The Spanish version of the musical 'Cabaret' is showing from 1 December to 30 December at the Arriaga Theatre (1 Plaza Arriaga). Prices start at €12. Book online at www.teatroarriaga.com
to the January Sales in the Old Quarters of the city. You'll find all kinds of high street shops, side-by-side with local artisan and speciality shops. Prices are slashed for most of January and February.
Christmas shopping has started in the 'Seven Streets' in the heart of the Old Quarters. These narrow streets are a muddle of small, traditional shops selling everything from hand-made berets (boinas) to designer clothes and organic chocolate.
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.
Most people don't realise that Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital of the Basque Country. Just an hour by bus from Bilbao, the city is well worth a visit for its historic buildings, including two cathedrals, the spectacular Artium contemporary art museum and of course, its restaurants and pintxo bars in the Old Quarters.
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.