Bilbao and the Basque Country Sights

Northern Spain's Bay of Biscay area, at the western end of the Pyrenees along the border with France, is where the Cantabrian Cordillera and the Pyrenees nearly meet. The green foothills of Basque Country gently fill this space between the otherwise unbroken chain of mountains that rises from the Iberian Peninsula's easternmost point at northern Catalonia's Cap de Creus and ends at western Galicia's

Fisterra, or Finisterre (World's End). Navarra—part Basque and part Castilian-speaking Navarrese—lies just southeast and inland of the Basque Country, with the backdrop of the Pyrenees rising up to the north. La Rioja, below Navarra, nestles in the Ebro River valley under the Sierra de la Demanda to the south and stretches east and downriver to Calahorra and the edge of Spain's central meseta (plains).

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

Ascensor de Begoña

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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

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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...

Catedral de Santiago

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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

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

Estación de Atxuri

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

Bilbao's narrow-gauge railroad station at Atxuri connects with Guernica, Mundaka, and Bermeo on the Basque coast, a spectacular ride...

Estación de la Concordia

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

Funicular de Artxanda

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The panorama from the hillsides of Artxanda is the most comprehensive view of Bilbao, and the various typical asadors (roasters) here...

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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