Castillo de Arteaga

Calle Gaztelubide 7, 40 km (25 miles) northwest of Bilbao, Gautegiz de Arteaga, Basque Country, 48314, Spain

Built in the mid-19th century for Empress Eugenia de Montijo, wife of Napoléon III, this neo-Gothic limestone castle with rooms in the watchtowers and defensive walls is one of the most extraordinary lodging options in or around Bilbao. Overlooking the Urdaibai Nature Reserve wetlands 30 minutes north of Bilbao near Gernika, it's a favorite for bird-watchers, with excursions by canoe available for exploring the marshes. The excellent restaurant utilizes local products, from seafood to txakolí , making this a culinary destination as well. Rooms are palatial and equipped with contemporary technology.

PROS

  • excellent wine and local food-product tastings
  • views over the wetlands

CONS

  • somewhat isolated from village life and a half-hour drive to Bilbao

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical, Romantic
Sophisticated
Countryside
Luxurious Retreat

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 94-627–0440

HOTEL DETAILS

7 rooms, 6 suites
Rate Includes: Closed late Dec.–early Jan. Breakfast

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