Sitting on the northern coast of Spain, compare holidays to Bilbao and look forward to visiting the largest city in the Basque Country. The city centre is just a few miles from the coastline and offers a range of attractions that serve to enrich our holidays to Bilbao from Manchester.
A city proud of its rich Basque culture, holidays to Bilbao will allow you to uncover the secrets of this characterful destination. Reborn as a major European centre of art from more industrial origins, Bilbao is equipped with plenty to keep the discerning traveller occupied during a stay in the city.
The Guggenheim Museum is a world renowned landmark and draws huge number of visitors every year, ranging from art aficionados to those with little or no knowledge of what they’re going to find. The building itself is a major feature of Bilbao, while inside there are permanent collections and temporary exhibits that are often formed from highlights of other Guggenheim collections.
Art lovers can continue their journey at the Plaza del Museo’s fine arts museum - the Museo de Bellas Artes - while the Basque Museum outlines the history of the Basque homeland, and the La Ría Maritime Museum covers an area totaling 27,000 square metres. Bilbao’s cathedral is dedicated to the city’s patron saint Santiago - Saint James - and is a Gothic 14th century effort, while the Iglesia de San Antón was built in the same style.
Check out the events calendar to see what’s going on when you're in town, with particular highlights including August’s Aste Nagusia. Big Week takes place over 10 days with plenty of traditional music, dancing and festivities, while July’s Bilbao BBK Live festival is a great event that has attracted big names such as Kings of Leon and Green Day in the past. Sports fans may want to see if local football team Athletic Bilbao, a club notable for its dedication to Basque players, have any matches on.
Whether you stick to the city centre or venture to spots by the sea along the coast, holidays to Bilbao from Manchester are sure to impress.