Bilbao and the Basque Country Sights

La Casa de la Vila (City Hall) (City Hall)

  • Plaza de Ernesto Erkoreka 1 Map It
  • El Arenal
  • Government Building

Updated 03/12/2014

Fodor's Review

Architect Joaquín de Rucoba built this city hall in 1892, on the site of the San Agustín convent destroyed during the 1836 Carlist War. Sharing the Belle Époque style of de Rucoba's Teatro Arriaga, the Ayuntamiento is characterized by the same brash, slightly aggressive attitude to which most bilbainos confess without undue embarrassment. The Salón Árabe, the highlight of the interior, was designed by the same architect who built the Café Iruña, as their mutual neo-Mudéjar motifs suggest. Tours in Spanish and Euskera, by reservation, are given weekday mornings at 9, 9:30, and 10.

Sight Information


Plaza de Ernesto Erkoreka 1, Bilbao, Vizcaya, 48007, Spain

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94-420–4200; 94-420–5298-for tours

Sight Details:

  • Tour free

Updated 03/12/2014


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