Bilbao and the Basque Country Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Bilbao and the Basque Country - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Santa María del Palacio

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This 11th-century church is known as La Aguja (the Needle) for its pyramid-shape, 135-foot Romanesque-Gothic tower. ...

Santiago el Real

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Reconstructed in the 16th century, this church is noted for its equestrian statue of the saint (also known as Santiago Matamoros, or...

Santo Domingo de la Calzada

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This town has always been a key stop on the Camino. Santo Domingo was an 11th-century saint who built roads and bridges for pilgrims...

Santo Tomás

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The architectural highlight of Haro, this single-nave Renaissance and late-Gothic church was completed in 1564. It has an intricately...

Santos Juanes

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Distinguished for accumulating the deepest water of any building in the Casco Viejo during the disastrous 1983 flood, as can be witnessed...

Teatro Arriaga

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About a century ago, this 1,500-seat theater was as exciting a source of Bilbao pride as the Guggenheim is today. Built between 1886...

Teatro Campos Elíseos

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If you've come from Barcelona, this extraordinary facade built in 1901 by architects Alfredo Acebal and Jean Baptiste Darroquy may seem...

Torre de Doña Otxanda

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This 15th-century tower houses Vitoria's Museo de Ciencias Naturales, which contains interesting botanical, zoological, and geological...

Torre de los Anda

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Across from the exquisitely sculpted Gothic doorway on the western facade of the cathedral, you'll find the Torre de los Anda. Go into...


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Just across the Urumea River from La Concha lies this smaller, more tranquil beach. It offers the same views of Isla de Santa Clara but...


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