Bilbao and the Basque Country Sights

Mercado de la Ribera

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  • Mercado de la Ribera, Bilbao, Bizkaia, Basque Country, Spain

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Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

This renovated triple-decker ocean liner, with its prow facing 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, oceangoing 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, or 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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Calle de la Ribera 22, Bilbao, 48005, Spain

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  • Weekdays 8–2 and 5–7, Sat. 8–2:30

Published 08/18/2015


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