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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Bilbao 32

Vitoria-Gasteiz 14

Pamplona 11

San Sebastian 9

Logroño 6

Laguardia 6

La Rioja Alta 5

Getaria and Zumaia 4

Haro 4

Estella 4

Puente la Reina 3

Mundaka 2

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Forest 1

Garden/ Arboretum 1

Government Building 3

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Library/ Archive 2

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Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 27

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Archivo Real y General de Navarra

  • Library/Archive

This Rafael Moneo–designed structure of glass and stone, ingeniously contained within a Romanesque palace, is Pamplona's architectural...


  • Government Building

Pamplona's most remarkable civic building is the ornate town hall on the Plaza Consistorial, with its rich ocher facade setting off brightly...


  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Near the portion of the ancient walls rebuilt in the 17th century, this is one of the most important religious buildings in northern...


  • Promenade/Boardwalk

The central parkland of promenades and pools, site of an ancient fortress, is a great place to walk in late afternoon, the time of the...

Edificio Baluarte

  • Convention Center

The Congress Center and Auditorium, built in 2003 by local architectural star Patxi Mangado, is a sleek assemblage of black Zimbabwean...

Fundación–Museo Jorge Oteiza

  • Museum/Gallery

East of Pamplona on the road toward France, this museum dedicated to the father of modern Basque art is a must-visit. Jorge Oteiza (1908–2003...


  • Town/Village

This gorgeous Navarran hamlet, about 54 km (33½ miles) southeast of Pamplona, is perched atop a lush riverbed and gorge and is the birthplace...

Museo Universidad de Navarra

  • Museum/Gallery

Designed by local celebrity architect Rafael Moneo and funded by a generous donation from the Huarte family, this contemporary art museum...

Museo de Navarra

  • Museum/Gallery

In a 16th-century building once used as a hospital for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela, this museum has a collection...


  • Town/Village

An unforgettable glimpse into the Spain of the Middle Ages is the reward for journeying to this town. The 11th-century church of San...