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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Plaza/ Square/ Piazza 7

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Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 27

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Officially named the Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, this former bus station was opened in 2002 by former king Juan Carlos,...


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The 1525 Palacio de Bendaña and the adjoining bronze-plated building are home to one of Vitoria's main attractions, the Bibat, which...

Casa del Cordón

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A 15th-century structure with a 13th-century tower, the casa is identifiable by the Franciscan cordón (rope) decorating one of the...

Catedral de Santa María

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Dating back to the 14th century, the cathedral is currently being restored but is still open to visitors—in fact, that's part of the...

Museo Provincial de Armería

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Just south of the park, this museum has prehistoric hatchets, 20th-century pistols, and a sand-table reproduction of the 1813 battle...

Museo de Bellas Artes

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Paintings by Ribera, Picasso, and the Basque painter Zuloaga are among the collection here. ...

Palacio de los Alava Esquivel

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One of Vitoria's oldest and most splendid buildings, this palace was erected in 1488 and reformed in 1535 and 1865. It's reached from...

Parque de la Florida

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During a tour of Vitoria, this park offers a nice respite. ...

Plaza de España

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Across Virgen Blanca, past the monument and the handsome El Victoria café, this is an arcaded neoclassical square with the austere elegance...

Plaza de la Virgen Blanca

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In the southwest corner of old Vitoria, this plaza is ringed by noble houses with covered arches and white-trim glass galleries. The...