Explore Spain: Bilbao

where to stay:

Silken Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao: A chic, modern stay in the city of Bilbao known for it’s stunning views of the Guggenheim.  The rooftop terrace restaurant is also a hit with guests for the views and delicious food.  Also a great and central location for exploring the city, most of which can be seen on foot in a day.  A beautiful and well-designed hotel mimics the fashionable reputation of the city of Bilbao.  Rooms start at $118 USD per night.  http://www.hoteles-silken.com/en/hotels/gran-hotel-domine-bilbao/

Chic Apartments in the Heart of Bilbao: Airbnb offers travelers a wide selection of rentals and places to stay in the city of Bilbao, many of them high-end, modern apartments.  We recommend checking out this one (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1347028?guests=2&s=FBHv) in the heart of Bilbao that accommodates up to 7 people with a full kitchen, television, heating, WiFi, and washer/dryer.  The perfect place to set up home base while in the Basque country, for those who prefer not to stay in hotels.  Starting at $84 USD/night.  

where to eat:

Casa Rufo: Located in the Abando neighborhood of Bilbao, the intimate setting of Casa Rufo sets this family-run establishment apart from other restaurants offering Basque homecooking.  Sit amongst the cheeses, vegetables, and preserves in this shop setting made up of various hidden rooms.  We recommend trying the chuleton, a thick cut bone-in rib steak that is a popular dish from the Basque region in Spain.  Pair it with a vino from Rioja for a perfect dinner.  http://casarufo.com/

Xukeia: While this place appears similar to a quaint French bistro, Xukeia also offers tasty, classic Spanish pinxtos (appetizers).  This place certainly does not lack in character or flavor, take a trip to old town on your moped to grab some pinxtos at a price that doesn’t break the bank.  http://www.lonelyplanet.com/spain/aragon-basque-country-and-navarra/bilbao/restaurants/other/xukeia

who to tour with:

Aitor Delgado Basque Private Tour Guide:  Something a little different from a city tour, these private and customized tours with local Aitor are absolutely spectacular.  This vivacious Spaniard is sure to show you a customized look at Bilbao, he will plan your tour ahead of time based on your interests and desires.  Explore the colorful, exquisite of Bilbao with Aitor by booking at http://www.aitordelgado.com/#_=_

where to shop:

Open Your Ganbara:  Experience the flea market culture of Bilbao, held in an old cookie factory!  A social initiative, Open Your Ganbara (Chamber), works through the market organization to combine urban and digital culture through various projects.  Wander the flea market through over 100 stalls, held every last Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. http://espacioopen.com/portfolio/openyourganbara/

 

Posted on March 16, 2015 .