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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In the early 20th century this was a municipal wine-storage facility used by Bilbao's Rioja wine barons. Now, the city-block-size, Philippe...

Ascensor de Begoña

  • Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

This popular Bilbao landmark is an elevator that connects the Casco Viejo with points overlooking the city. La Basilica de la Begoña...

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Begoña

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Bilbao's most cherished religious sanctuary, dedicated to the patron saint of Vizcaya, can be reached by the 313 stairs from Plaza de...

Biblioteca de Bidebarrieta

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This historic library and intellectual club was originally called "El Sitio" (The Siege) in memory of Bilbao's successful resistance...

Café La Granja

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Founded in 1926, this café, near the Puente del Arenal, is a Bilbao classic, offering excellent coffee, cold beer, tortilla de patatas...

Catedral de Santiago

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Bilbao's earliest church was a pilgrimage stop on the coastal route to Santiago de Compostela. Work on the structure began in 1379, but...

Convento de la Encarnación

  • Museum/Gallery

The Basque Gothic architecture of this early-16th-century convent, church, and museum gives way to Renaissance and baroque ornamentation...

Estación de la Concordia

  • Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

Designed by the engineer Valentín Gorbeña in 1893 and finished by architect Severino Achúcarro in 1898, this colorful train station...

Funicular de Artxanda

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

For an easy and quick excursion, take a five-minute trip on the Artxanda Funicular, a railway that joins downtown Bilbao with the summit...

Hotel Carlton

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Bilbao's grande-dame favorite has hosted top-tier celebrities over the last century, from Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway to Ava Gardner,...

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