Bilbao, Spain: A Vibrant City That Everyone Dreams Of

Bilbao is a big and busy city in the Basque Country and it lies on Ria Nervion. The city is wedged into the lush green hills of Vizcaya province. It is sliced in two by the murky waters of Ria de Bilbao, which is the Nervion’s channel to the sea.

This is a culturally dynamic, stress-free, civilized, vital and vibrant city that everyone dreams of.

A Little Bit of History

This port was given the status of a city in 1300 and its inhabitants developed strong trade links with cities like Boston with the conquest of the Americas.

A Street in Bilbao, Spain - Bilbao is a big and busy city in the Basque Country wedged into the lush green hills of Vizcaya province. It is a culturally dynamic, stress-free, civilized and vibrant city that every traveler should stop by on the next trip to northern Spain.A Street in Bilbao

By the nineteenth century, the city’s skyline was dominated by the smokestacks of its shipbuilding yards, steelworks and chemical plants.

Due to its industries, this city was considered the greatest prize in the north. In 1937 it was taken by Franco and it prospered under him as it fed Spanish industrial needs.

Although the city declined economically after this period, it has dynamically recovered in recent years.

Semana Grande is the main festival here and the celebration lasts for 9 days. It includes firework displays, street entertainments, bullfighting, strongman games and music performances.

Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao, Spain - This is an opera house built by Joaquín Rucoba, the architect. The opera house was named after Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga, a Spanish composer. This Spanish city is very culturally dynamic and the rich Basque culture matches many of the rich international cultures.
Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao

Other popular festivals are: Carnival, Fiestas, Virgen del Carmen, FANT Festival and International Film Festival.

Bilbao gives you the opportunity to buy great souvenirs of this region, or relax in many of its bars and restaurants with local specialties.

Where is Bilbao?

  • 38.4 miles/ 61.9 km from Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • 62.7 miles/ 101 km from San Sebastian, Spain
  • 208.1 miles/ 335 km from Bordeaux, France
  • 249.7 miles/ 402 km from Madrid, Spain
  • 7.4 miles/ 12 km from Bilbao Airport, Spain
  • 59.4 miles/ 95.7 km from Santander Airport, Spain
  • 90.7 miles/ 146 km from Biarritz Anglet Bayonne Airport, France

Things to See

  • Museo Guggenheim
  • Cathedral
  • Casco Viejo
  • Begona Basilica
  • Museo de Bellas Artes
  • Funicular Ride
  • Arriaga Theater
  • Zubizuri Bridge
  • Dona Casilda Park


  • Sopelana
  • Azkorri
  • Plentzia


  • San Sebastian
  • Elorrio, Oinati and Arantzazu
  • Scenic Flight

The locals of Bilbao are sophisticated but down-to-earth, and the rich Basque culture matches many of the rich international cultures.

The local cuisine is lip-smacking and there is nonstop partying in its nightclubs.

We wish you a fantastic Mediterranean cruise!