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    Brief overview Bilbao

    For years Bilbao never dreamed of stepping out of the shadow of its Basque neighbour, the seaside city of San Sebastián. Then came the Guggenheim Museum in 1997, one of the world’s most awe-inspiring feats of architecture like the wreckage of a titanium spacecraft washed up on the Bay of Biscay. The swathes of tourists that came to see it helped

    produce a stunning metamorphosis of Bilbao from dreary post-industrial port town to an international art beacon. Galleries and stylish hotels have opened out of the cocoon, and the city can even now claim restaurants to match those of Michelin-beleaguered San Sebastián.

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    Guggenheim museum

    Avenida Abandoibarra 2
    48009 Bilbao
    Spain
    Tel: +34 94 435 9000
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-2000

    Giant metal fish, reclining titan, space dock – the Guggenheim is different things to different people. Much credited with putting Bilbao on the map, Frank Gehry’s incredible titanium building is as impressive as any of the contemporary art inside.

    Museo de Bellas Artes

    Museo Plaza 2
    48009 Bilbao
    Spain
    Tel: +34 94 439 6060
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1000-0800

    Before the Guggenheim, Bilbao already boasted one of the best galleries in Spain with pieces by El Greco, Goya, Cézanne, Diego Velázquez, Zurbarán and Basque stars such as Jorge Oteiza.

    Museo Vasco

    Plaza Miguel de Unamuno 4, Casco Viejo
    48006 Bilbao
    Spain
    Tel: +34 94 415 5423
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1100-1700
    Sun 1100-1400

    The Basque Country boasts a proud identity, as celebrated in this museum which explores the history and culture of the Basque in a 16th-century convent.

    Puente de Vizcaya

    Barria 3, Las Arenas
    48930 Bilbao
    Spain
    Tel: +34 94 480 1012
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    Built in 1893, Vizcaya is the first transporter bridge in the world, connecting affluent Las Arenas with the traditionally working-class neighbourhood of Portugalete. Its iconic towers and cables have made it the first Basque entry onto the UNESCO World Heritage List.

    Museo Marítimo Ría de Bilbao

    Muelle Ramón de la Sota 1
    48013 Bilbao
    Spain
    Tel: +34 946 08 55 00
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1800
    Sat-Sun 1000-2000

    Fitting in well with Bilbao’s roster of space-age museums, this sleek maritime number documents Bilbao’s mighty seafaring history, with docked vessels for visitors to clamber aboard.

    Mercado de la Ribera

    Calle de la Ribera 20, Casco Viejo
    48005 Bilbao
    Spain
    Tel: +34 94 602 3791
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thurs 0800-1900
    Fri 0800-1930
    Sat 0830-1430

    Just as the Guggenheim seems to be about to embark down the River Nervion, this colossal market venue seems to be ready for the ocean, playfully designed by Pedro Ispizua.

    Funicular de Artxanda

    Plaza del Funicular
    48007 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0715-2200
    Sun 0815-2300

    For the city’s best views, take the funicular up the hills of Artxanda, which was built in 1915.

    Parque de Doña Casilda de Iturrizar

    José Anselmo Clavé Pasealekua
    48009 Bilbao, Bizkaia ‎
    Spain
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    Named after a philanthropic 19th-century matron who established it, this green haven amidst the urban jungle is full of fountains, ducks and a wide range of trees.

    Alhóndiga

    Plaza Arriquibar 4
    48010 Bilbao
    Spain
    Tel: +34 944 01 40 14
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    In another mark of Bilbao’s advancement, this former 1909 wine warehouse is now an exciting centre for culture and sports designed by Philippe Starck.

    Parque Etxebarria

    Avenue Zumalacárregui
    48006 Bilbao
    Spain
    Tel: +34 944 79 57 60
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    Formerly home to a steel mill, this pleasant green space is still dominated by a solitary red chimney soaring into the sky.

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    Planning to visit the Basque metropolis? Here are some interesting and useful facts for you.

    Appetizers

    Santa Maria Kalea, 8
    48005 Bilbao
    Spanien
    Tel. +34 944 167 616
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    Definitely sample these: Pinchos are tasty, elaborately prepared tapas – and a Basque specialty to be found on practically every bar counter in town. The name pincho derives from the Spanish word “skewer,” a reference to the toothpicks and small wooden or plastic sticks used to keep toppings from slipping off the bread. One very good address for pinchos: the Irrintzi.

    Soccer

    Rafael Moreno "Pitxitxi" Kalea, s/n
    48013 Bilbao
    Spanien
    Tel.: +34 944 24 08 77
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    The city’s home team, Athletic Club Bilbao, has won the Spanish league cup eight times and the Spanish Copa des Rey trophy 23 times. The magnificent new Estadio de San Mamés stadium has been the Spanish first-division team’s home ground since 2013. It cost 173 million euros to built and accommodates over 50 000 spectators.

    Metro stations

    On Diego López Haroko Kale Nagusia, 29-31
    48009 Bilbao
    Spanien
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    British star architekt Sir Norman Foster changed the face of Bilbao by designing several stations in its subway network. The shell-shaped entrances are the most striking feature of the Bilbao Metro, which was officially opened in 1995, and the locals have an affectionate name for them: Fosteritos. The one at Federico Moyúa Plaza is typical.

    Art in architecture

    Abandoibarra Etorbidea, 2
    48009 Bilbao
    Spanien
    Tel.: +34 944 35 90 00

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    The Guggenheim Museum occupies a spectacular, 89-million-dollar building that has earned the city world fame. Created by the Canadian-U.S. architect and designer Frank O. Gehry, the 11,000-square-meter building was completed in 1997. Modern and contemporary artworks dating from the 20th century make up the lion’s share of exhibits here.

    Technical marvel

    Puente de Vizcaya Zubia
    Bizkaia
    Spanien
    Tel. +34 944 80 10 12
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    The oldest transporter bridge in the world, Vizcaya Bridge, which opened in 1893, was the first to use a gondola suspended beneath it to carry people and traffic. From 45 meters up, pedestrians can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view. The structure known to locals as puente colgante (hanging bridge) connects Orto Portugalete and Getxo, which face each other across the Ría de Bilbao.

    Surf spots

    Strand von Sopelana
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    Beach fans flock to the coastal towns of Plentzia and Sopelana – the latter especially because it’s a great favorite with surfers. The “wild” beach in Sopelana is just 20 minutes’ drive from Bilbao. It was there, in 1964, that the first surfers were sighted off the Biscay coast, and Sopelana has been one of the most popular surf spots ever since – and not just in summertime.

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    Country overview

    Spain is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Endless beaches, brilliant sunshine and azure waters draw beach lovers to the Mediterranean coast, and the Balearic and Canary Islands. But visitors also flock to see the historical architecture of cities, such as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Leon, Seville and Segovia.

    If you want to experience the real Spain, don’t go to bed too early. In these parts, people stroll the city squares and dine out late into the night.

    Geography

    Spain accounts for roughly four-fifths of the Iberian Peninsula, with Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar occupying the remainder. In the northeast, the Pyrenees form a natural frontier to France. The state territory also encompasses the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera) located southeast of Barcelona, in the Mediterranean, and the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa. Ceuta, Chafarinas, Melilla and Ladu are tiny Spanish enclaves in North Africa, relics of the former Spanish Empire.

    Spain is a mountainous country. The Pyrenees extend for 400 kilometers from the Basque Country in the northwest to the Mediterranean. Some peaks rise more than 3000 meters above sea level; the highest elevation here is the Pico de Aneto at 3404 meters above sea level. The country’s interior consists of a vast plateau, the Meseta, which is intersected by a number of mountain ranges.

    In the north and northwest, the Meseta is bordered by the Cantabrian Mountains and the Iberian Mountains, and in the South by the Sierra Morena, beyond which lies the Guadalquivir Valley. Galicia’s mountainous landscape runs along the jagged Atlantic coast. The extreme south is also mountainous; the Sierra Nevada southeast of Granada belongs to the Betic Cordilleras, which run parallel to the Mediterranean and include the highest mountain on the Spanish mainland, the Mulhacén (3481 meters above sea level). The highest elevation on Spanish territory is the Pico del Teide (3718 meters above sea level) on Tenerife.

    Spain has just under 5000 kilometers of coastline. The Mediterranean coast extends from the French border to the Rock of Gibraltar. The Strait of Gibraltar connects the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and divides Spain from North Africa.

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    Key facts

    Population: 46.43 million (2016)

    Population Density (per sq km): 92

    Capital: Madrid.
    Population: 3.16 million (2016)

    Language

    The official language is Spanish (Castellano, Castilian). Catalan, Galician and Basque are spoken regionally; in tourist regions, English and German are commonly spoken foreign languages.

    Electricity

    220 V, 50 Hz (sometimes 110/125 V in older buildings in smaller places)

    Currency

    1 euro = 100 cents
    Currency sign/abbreviation: €, EUR (ISO code). Banknotes are available in the values 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros, coins, in the nominal values 1 and 2 euros, as well as 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents.

    Public holidays

    The public holidays for the period January 2017 through December 2018 are listed below.

    Please note

    a) Several regional public holidays also exist.
    b) It is usual for public holidays which fall on a Sunday to be substituted by work-free days on subsequent weekdays.

    * not in all parts of the country

    2017

    Año Nuevo (New Year’s): January 1, 2017
    Epifanía (Epiphany): January 6, 2017
    Día de San José (St. Joseph’s Day): March 19, 2017*
    Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday): April 13, 2017*
    Viernes Santo (Good Friday): April 14, 2017
    Domingo de Resurrección (Easter Sunday): April 17, 2017
    Día del Trabajo (Labor Day): May 1, 2017
    Asunción de la Virgen (Assumption Day): August 15, 2017
    Fiesta Nacional de España (Spanish National Day): October 12, 2017
    Fiesta de Todos los Santos (All Saints’ Day): November 1, 2017
    Día de la Constitución (Constitution Day): December 6, 2017
    La Inmaculada (Feast of the Immaculate Conception): December 8, 2017
    Navidad (Christmas): December 25, 2017

    2018

    Año Nuevo (New Year’s): January 1, 2018
    Epifanía (Epiphany): January 6, 2018
    Día de San José (St. Joseph’s Day): March 19, 2018*
    Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday): March 29, 2018*
    Viernes Santo (Good Friday): March 30, 2018
    Domingo de Resurrección (Easter Sunday): April 1, 2018
    Día del Trabajo (Labor Day): May 1, 2018
    Asunción de la Virgen (Assumption Day): August 15, 2018
    Fiesta Nacional de España (Spanish National Day): October 12, 2017
    Fiesta de Todos los Santos (All Saints’ Day): November 1, 2018
    Día de la Constitución (Constitution Day): December 6, 2018
    La Inmaculada (Feast of the Immaculate Conception): December 8, 2018
    Navidad (Christmas): December 25, 2018

    Information subject to error.

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Bilbao boasts a world-class transport system with tram, metro and buses. The metro (www.metrobilbao.com) covers most of the city’s key areas. The impressive tram system stretches through the Basque Country with intercity routes and is inexpensive (www.euskotren.es). Opt for the Bilbao Card, which serves as a pass for all transports and offers a discount to the city’s museums.

    Taxis

    A compact city with excellent public transport, Bilbao will give little cause for ordering a taxi. If it’s too hot to walk, however, they’re easily hailed in the street. Book in advance through Radio Taxi (tel: 94 444 8888).

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    Nightlife in Bilbao

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    Bilbao’s nightlife revolves around its Pintxo culture, with a bite and a beer in an old-style bar often proliferating into the early hours.

    There are some good live music options in the culturally revived city, and a few late-night venues.

    Cotton Club

    Calle de Gregorio de la Revilla 25
    Entry above Calle Simon Bolivar
    48010 Bilbao
    Spain
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    In the heart of trendy Indautcu, this popular bar features live music, DJs and an often-packed dance floor.

    Teatro Arriaga Antzokia

    Plaza Arriaga, 1
    48005 Bilbao
    Spain
    Tel. +34 944 79 20 36
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    Worth visiting just to see the breathtaking neo-baroque architecture, this prestigious venue offers opera, ballet and more.

    Kafe Antzokia

    Calle San Vicente 2
    48001 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Restored from an old theatre in 1995, this polymath of a venue puts on Basque and international artists, children’s theatre and weekend club nights.

    La Compañia del Ron

    Calle de Máximo Aguirre 23
    48011 Bilbao
    Spain
    Tel.: +34 944 23 13 83
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    Boasting a formidable range of rums from around the globe, this narrow bar is popular with locals.

    El Globo

    Calle de la Diputación 8
    48008 Bilbao
    Spain
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    A relaxed, friendly bar in the city centre, El Globo is known for its excellent Pintxos and wines.

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    Restaurants in Bilbao

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    Bilbao specialises in Pintxo – a Basque form of bite-size tapas that can be found in classic bars around the Old Town and beyond.

    But the city has also tried to keep pace with the culinary conquest of neighbouring San Sebastián, with some world-class restaurants.

    Yandiola

    Plaza Arriquibar 4
    48010 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Price: Expesnive

    Inside the cultural hub that is Alhondiga lies this slick restaurant with dishes such as delicious medallions of monkfish in a broth of spider crab and crustaceans.

    Zortziko

    Alameda de Mazarredo 17
    48001 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Price: Expensive

    This Michelin-starred restaurant features a nine-course tasting menu that shows off the best of its creative dishes.

    Nerua

    Avenida Abandoibarra 2
    48009 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Price: Expensive

    Josea Alija’s gastronomically scintillating menu leans on vegetables and un-glitzy-looking dishes – the glory is reserved for their extraordinary tastes.

    Café Iruña

    Calle Colón de Larreátegui
    48001 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Price: Cheap

    One of the city’s most legendary bars, Café Iruña started serving its fantastic food in 1903 and is still going strong.

    Café Bar Bilbao

    Plaza Nueva 6
    48005 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Price: Cheap

    Dealing in classic Pintxos such as marinated cod and grilled squid, this cheerful café dates back to 1911.

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    Bilbao Art District

    21 October 2016 – 15  January 2017
    Website

    Venue: Maritime Museum, the Paseo Abandoibarra, Albia Gardens and Colón de Larreategui.

    The prominence of the Guggenheim Museum has turned Bilbao onto art, and thousands of visitors flock to the city each year to see artistic works of genius and creative masterpieces. The Bilbao Art District feeds off that and turns a number of roads between the Maritime Museum and the Paseo Abandoibarra into an open-air gallery of sculptures and artwork. What’s more, the city’s creative streak continues as music, dance and theatre gets thrown into the mix.

    St Blas

    3 February 2017

    Venue: San Nicolás.

    For those feeling a little under the weather, St Blas may be the place to cure all illnesses – of the throat at least. This quirky tradition sees hundreds of people seek cures from colds, tonsillitis and other throat-related ailments by wearing a blessed necklace from St Blas around their neck for nine days. This celebration is centred at San Nicolás Church, but visitors can pick up rosquillas (ring-shaped pastries) and marshmallow sweets from the street stalls that pitch up during the festivities as well.

    Bilbao Triathlon

    20 May 2017
    Website

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    Watch the streets of Bilbao and its river come to life as nearly 1,000 competitors vie for a medal at the middle-distance Bilbao Triathlon. This annual contest sees participants try and outdo one another as they swim some 1,900m (6,234 ft) along the river, before jumping on two wheels for a 145km (90 mile) bike race and a finishing with 21km (34 mile) running contest. What’s more, there are a number of preliminary events to get triathlon fans in the mood beforehand.

    White Night

    17 June 2017

    Venue: Various, Bilbao.

    Celebrating the founding of the city, White Night (Noche Blanca) is an annual festive affair that pulls together an extensive programme of art, theatre, music, literature and light shows all across Bilbao. It’s an entertaining combination of the artistic and the historical, which perfectly sums up the buzzing port.

    Bilboko Kalealdia

    27  June – 2 July 2017
    Website

    Venue: Gran Vía and the Old Quarter.

    Signalling the start of summer, Bilboko Kalealdia is a street theatre and performing arts festival that runs along Gran Vía, the main road in Bilbao, and in the city’s Old Quarter. Each year the streets come to life with everything from contemporary dance and circus acts to aerial acrobatics and puppet shows. The event runs through the evening and into the warm, Spanish night.

    Bilbao BBK Live

    6 – 8 July 2017
    Website

    Venue: Recinto Kobetamendi.

    Bilbao’s famous rock festival comes to town every July and for three days the open-air venue of Recinto Kobetamendi explodes into action. With the good and the great of the guitar scene lining up alongside a flurry of newbies and a few choice electronic acts, visitors can expect bookings as big as previous headliners: Depeche Mode, The Prodigy, Coldplay and KISS. Check the website for the current line-up.

    Aste Nagusia

    19 – 27 August 2017
    Website

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    Bilbao’s main fiesta, a celebration of Basque heritage, is marked by famous bullfights, firework displays and a lively street atmosphere. Free open-air music concerts are usually included in the programme too. Nervión River is the site of many flotillas and regattas, but the real spectacle is the strongman contest, where men compete in some of the most unusual strength competitions you can think of. Witness wood-chopping races and primal lifting events or, best of all, see grown men trying to dig holes in granite with steel javelins. Shops close down as the fiesta runs all night for nine days.

    Bilbao Night Marathon

    21 October 2017
    Website

    Venue: The course is across Bilbao.

    Test your legs (and your eyesight) by taking part in the Bilbao Night Marathon. Usually setting off from the Guggenheim Museum, there are three routes to test the mettle of amateur runners from across the globe. Set the pace with a 10km (6 mile) race, pick it up a level with the 21km (13 miles) half marathon, or try finish the 42km (26 miles), full marathon course. Runners must register to take part.

    Euskalgym International Gymnastics Gala

    October 2017
    Website

    Venue: Bilbao Arena.

    This international gymnastics gala welcomes top athletes from around the world for a day-long rhythmic gymnastics competition. Over 5,000 fans are expected to fill the Bilbao Arena to watch troupes and solo competitors attempt to leap, balance and pirouette their way from the floor to the podium.

    St Thomas Day

    21 December 2017

    Venue: El Arenal and Plaza Nueva.

    St Thomas Day is a great gastronomic feast in Bilbao for both the eyes and the belly. Traditional products from the region’s rural areas are displayed across more than 300 stalls from early morning until late into the evening. Visitors can buy or taste delicious dishes, eating their way through everything from cheese and cakes to sausages and vegetables, usually washed down with ciders and the local wine known as txakoli.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Bilbao

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    Fast evolving as a city destination over the last decade, Bilbao’s hotel list has increased, with many attempting to harness the city’s new artistic vigour.

    And yet its striking new luxury hotels and boutiques generally offer great value for money.

    Silken Grand Hotel Domine Bilbao

    Mazarredo Zumarkalea 6
    48009 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Category: Expensive

    Ideally located opposite the Guggenheim, the 145-room hotel is one of the Silken chain’s flagships, with a selection of 20th-century furniture on display in homage to the museum.

    Miró

    Alameda Mazarredo 77
    48009 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Category: Expensive

    Opened by Spanish fashion designer Antonio Miró, this minimalist hotels overlooks Abandoibarra Park and boasts a great cocktail bar.

    Carlton 

    Plaza Federico Moyúa 2
    48009 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Category: Moderate

    Set in a neoclassical house built in 1919, the Carlton is a throwback to a classy past with marble floors, chandeliers and an impressive atrium.

    Hesperia Bilbao

    Campo Volantin 28
    48005 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Category: Cheap

    A boutique property overlooking the river and built in 2005, Hesperia is bright, colourful and fun.

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    Climate & best time to visit Spain

    The Spanish climate varies from region to region, spanning moderate in the north to Mediterranean in the south, and even subtropical on the Canary Islands.

    The best times to visit Spain are generally in the spring and the fall, when temperatures are agreeable. In most parts of the country, it is very hot at the height of summer, but sea breezes on the coast keep it bearable; the interior is best avoided in July and August. The climate on the Atlantic coast and in all of Galicia is pleasant even in summer. In winter, you can enjoy winter sports in the Pyrenean Mountains or agreeably warm days on the south and southeast coast, as well as on the Canary Islands.

    Climate and best time to visit Bilbao

    There’s no bad time to visit the Basque city of Bilbao. Rich in architecture and modern museums, there’s plenty of sightseeing to be done in the architecturally astounding capital of Biscay. Summer temperatures can be too high for some. Spring and autumn are warm without there being oppressive heat. Visit Bilbao in early September for the Basque Country Tango Fest, or in July for the popular rock festival, BBK Live.

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    Oct33 °C2 °C21 °C11 °C74 %111 mm104.0 h
    Nov27 °C-6 °C16 °C7 °C74 %152 mm123.0 h
    Dec24 °C-7 °C13 °C5 °C74 %135 mm132.3 h
    year41 °C-8 °C18 °C9 °C73 %1230 mm1284.2 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +34

    Telephone

    Public telephones operate with coins and telephone cards, which can be purchased at tobacco stores.

    Mobile Telephone

    Dual-band GSM 900/1800 network. Network operators include: Amena (amena.com), Telefonica with a number of brands, among others, Movistar (movistar.tsm.es) and Vodafone (vodafone.es).

    International roaming can be used at the Eurotariff within the EU.

    Internet

    Internet cafés and establishments offering Internet access (locutorios), exist in most urban areas of Spain, but it is wise to ask about prices before you use them. Free Wi-Fi Internet access is available in many popular tourist areas.

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    Shopping in Bilbao

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    Key Areas

    Head to the streets in Casco Viejo for a range of interesting boutiques. The main thoroughfare of Gran Via features some larger shops, while high-end brands can be found on Plaza Moyúa.

    Markets

    Apart from the jaw-dropping Mercado de la Ribera, which has its roots in a 14th-century market and focuses on locally

    produced meats and vegetables, there is a fantastic fleamarket on Sundays in Casco Viejo with everything from records and books to caged birds on sale.

    Shopping Centres

    The enormous mall of Zubiarte (Calle Lehendakari Leizaola 2) features countless shops, restaurants and a cinema. Overlooking the river, it was designed by Robert Stern and is an impressive addition to the city’s progressive architecture.

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    My Bilbao

    For me, a boat trip on the Ría de Bilbao is a great opportunity to see Bilbao from an unusual perspective. Bilboats runs one-hour trips that come with an audio guide with interesting information about the exciting architecture to be seen along the riverbank and the history of the city. From the water, I can also see a different side to the famous Guggenheim Museum. A photo of Mama, the huge bronze spider created by French-U.S. sculptor Louise Bourgeois, is definitely going into my scrapbook.

    Lufthansa, Bilbao, Spanien, Reiseführer, Stadtführer

    Dominik Düring, Purser

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    It is polite in Spain to shake hands in greeting. The usual courtesies should be observed. If you are invited to someone’s home, your host will appreciate a small gift. Flowers are given only on special occasions.

    Clothing

    Casual dress is appropriate almost everywhere, although some hotels and restaurants require men to wear a jacket and tie; evening dress is only required for particularly formal occasions. Swimwear belongs without exception on the beach.

    Smoking

    A smoking ban applies in all public institutions, on public transportation, in telephone booths and in rooms containing ATMs, as well as in children’s playgrounds and schoolyards. The smoking ban also applies to all bars, cafés and restaurants. Smoking areas inside bars and restaurants are no longer permitted.

    Tipping

    Tips are generally included in hotel and restaurant bills. It is nevertheless usual to leave a small tip for the service staff. Porters receive a small sum per item of luggage. The usual amount tipped in restaurants is between 10 and 15 percent. When the waiter brings your change, you leave some as the tip. It is considered extremely rude, however, to leave two- or five-cent pieces. When tipping your taxi driver, simply round up the fare.

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    Health

    Emergency telephone number: 112

    Lyme disease, TBE (tick-borne encephalitis) and leishmaniosis are all diseases which are passed on by ticks and mosquitoes and also occur in Spain. Clothing that covers the skin and insect repellents provide protection.

    Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur all over Spain. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Visitors planning an extended stay and close contact with the local population, and generally with children and young people, should also have a hepatitis B vaccination.

    Measles and whooping cough occur in Spain. Before traveling to Spain, visitors should definitely check whether their vaccinations are up to date and if necessary, get a booster shot.

    Epidemic outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis occur in Spain. Visitors should seek protection by getting a vaccination and avoiding large crowds. Children and young people, in particular, should be vaccinated. According to the latest recommendations, the vaccination applies as required travel vaccination for extended stays for certain groups of people (teenagers, school and university students). Visitors should consult their physician regarding the need for vaccination in the light of recommendations in the country of destination.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Bilbao, Jon Ander
    Clinica San Sebastian
    Rafaela Ibarra 25
    48014 Bilbao
    (Deusto)
    Spain
    Tel. +34-94-4755000

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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