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Bilbao and the Basque Country Sights

Mercado de la Ribera

  • C. de la Ribera 20 Map It
  • Casco Viejo
  • Market/Bazaar
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 03/12/2014

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This triple-decker ocean liner with its prow headed down the estuary toward the open sea is one of the best markets of its kind in Europe, as well as one of the biggest, with more than 400 retail stands covering 37,950 square feet. Like the architects of the Guggenheim and the Palacio de Euskalduna nearly 75 years later, the architect here was playful with this well-anchored, ocean-going grocery store in the river. From the stained-glass entryway over Calle de la Ribera

to the tiny catwalks over the river or the diminutive restaurant on the second floor, the market is an inviting place. Look for the farmers' market on the top floor, and down on the bottom floor ask how fresh a fish is some morning and you might hear, "Oh, that one's not too fresh: caught last night."

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C. de la Ribera 20, Bilbao, Vizcaya, 48005, Spain

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Sight Details:

  • Mon.–Thurs. 8–2 and 4:30–7, Fri. 8–2 and 4:30–7.30, Sat. 8:30–2:30

Updated 03/12/2014


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