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 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
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.
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.
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