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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Aquarium Donostia-San Sebastián

  • Zoo/Aquarium

For a stroll through and under some 6,000 marine animals—ranging from tiger sharks to sea turtles, with one participative pool where...

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...


  • Museum/Gallery

Officially named the Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, this former bus station was reopened as a museum in 2002 by former king...

Ascensor de Begoña

  • Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

This popular Bilbao landmark is an elevator that connects the Casco Viejo with points overlooking the city. La Basilica de la Begoña...


  • 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...

Azkuna Zentroa

  • Arts/Performance Venue

In the early 20th century this was a municipal wine-storage facility used by Bilbao's Rioja wine barons. Now, the city-block-size, Philippe...

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Begoña

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Bilbao's most cherished religious sanctuary, dedicated to the patron saint of Vizcaya, can be reached by the 313 stairs from Plaza de...


  • Museum/Gallery

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

Biblioteca de Bidebarrieta

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This historic library and intellectual club was originally called El Sitio (The Siege) in memory of Bilbao's successful resistance to...

Bodega Baigorri

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

This sleek, modern winery is an architectural wonder of glass and steel, with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the vineyards, and...


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