If you intend to come at BIME Pro, you should take advantage to meet Bizkaia! You’ll find tons of options, whatever your preferences are. It is an historical land that combines rich architecture, green mountains, coast landscape, an internationally renowned gastronomy, and perfect internal connections.
We’ll recommend you some of our favourite spots to enjoy the most your visit to our region:
Bilbao Casco Viejo / Old Town
The Old Town of Bilbao means the most authentic essence of the village. A visit that can be done either during the morning or in the afternoon: some pintxos at the Plaza Nueva (New Square), a walk around its famous “7 streets”, a visit to the Arriaga Theatre, a stop at the Santiago Cathedral, and wonderful sights at El Arenal.
Bilbao Centro & Abandoibarra
Bilbao hosts such interesting buildings like Azkuna Zentroa, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, or the Euskalduna Palace, among others. In this area you must pay attention to architecture, combining classical buildings with new edifications that keep such an interesting harmony. The “Gran Vía” goes across the city and can serve us as guide not to skip other important places like the Moyua square or the Abando train station. This visit can also be done in a morning or afternoon.
Portugalete – Puente Colgante
Portugalete is well connected to Bilbao through metro, commuter train and bus. It’s a must-visit place due to its old town, but most of all due to the Bizkaia Bridge (just “hanging bridge” for locals), declared Human Heritage by the Unesco. It is an aerial ferry bridge that connects both sides of the river. It was inaugurated in 1893, being the first of its kind in the world and one of the only eight still working.
Getxo – Puerto Viejo
In Getxo you can find the Old Port, a fishermen’s neighbourhood that features old houses where bars are located. Such an ideal place to enjoy pintxos and the coast landscape. Getxo can be reached from Bilbao in 20 minutes in metro.
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
A bit further away from Bilbao (around 40 minutes by driving), we can find San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. A small island turned into a peninsula by humans where a narrow way was built over the sea, taking us to the hermitage on its highest point. This corner has become one of the most visited spots in the north of the peninsula. If you want to visit it, you may want to get a free reservation ticket in advance.
Near San Juan de Gaztelugatxe lays Urdaibai: a natural area in the mouth of Oka river, at Busturialdea. Its biological richness has made it win the title of Biosphere Reserve. A perfect destination for trekking lovers, to enjoy the landscape and the stunning amount of migratory birds.