The Bilbao city is one of the largest in Northern Spain. The city is famous for great architecture, night life, green hills, and restaurants with some wonderful tourist destinations. The population of the city is around 350,000. This city can be reached from anywhere in Spain by air. The city’s international airport has all the facilities to cope with the tourists and other visitors. The airport is situated around 5km away from the city and has the features such as parking lots, money exchange centers, ATMs, restaurants, lounges and shopping stores to serve the basic needs of the tourists.
Following are some of the great places to visit when you are in Bilbao
Beaches of Bilbao
Due to the great and pleasant climate of Bilbao, some of the beaches around the city will be crowded all through the year. There are some popular beaches which are serene and peaceful. Most of the beaches host some great water sports. One of the popular beach called as the Playa de Azkorri is located near the Punta Galea Mountains. Along the beach there is a 17th century windmill which offers great views and it hosts a restaurant for the visitors. The beach of La Arena has the largest expands of sand and it is situated around 21km away from Bilbao city. Other than these, there are many other beaches to visit.
Festivals in Bilbao
The city celebrates through various festivals spanned across the year. The festivals can range from religious festivals, Easter time festivals, book fairs and film festivals. The festivals are celebrated in many of the nearby towns as well, it’s suggested to time your visit to Bilbao according to the festival timings. One of the popular festival days is the St. Agueda’s day on 4th of February. During this festival the children of the city will perform as choirs on the streets wearing traditional dresses of Spain. During the month of June, the city hosts the Bilbao book fair, this is a great festival to enjoy along with the family as it offers great authors, entertainment and other family activities. During the month of April, the age old festival of Semana Santa is celebrated. During this festival the whole of city streets come alive with Christian parades and street dramas.
Museums, Parks and Nightlife
The art and culture of the city is famous in Spain. They protect this, the Spanish government has created many museums around the city and this attracts more tourists. Museo Guggenheim Bilbao is the most popular of all the museums in the city. The city is also famous for great parks and a wonderful nightlife. Parque de Europa is a must visit park in the city. For tourists the nightlife here is considered safe, the tourists can entertain themselves in pubs and restaurants.
The city of Bilbao and its attractions are best visited by travelling in a rented car. There is a good family car renting services available in and around the airport. Plan your travel well ahead and book your car for a better stay in the city.