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Visiting Rioja

Bilbao and the coast

Bilbao is a must for a short stop over on your way to or returning from the Rioja region. Visit the unmissable Guggenheim museum, stroll around the old town, enjoy local tapas with wine, or go shopping in the city's chic boutiques.



Avenida Abandoibarra, 2

Opening hours:
Tue-Fri: 11:00 -18:00
Sat: 11:00 - 19:00
Sun/ Holidays: 11:00 - 14:00
Summer opening hours:
Mon-Sat: 10:00 - 19:00
Sunday and Public holidays: 10:00 - 15:00

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
Plaza del Museo, 2

Opening hours:
Tue-Sat, 10:00 to 20:00
Sundays and public holidays 10:00 to 14:00
Mon: closed


The Old Town

The best way to explore Bilbao's old town is on foot. A good place to start is the Plaza Nueva. From there, loose yourself in Bilbao's historic centre, taking in lots of tourist sights along the way without forgetting to sample the local tapas and wines. Guided tours are available and need to be booked in advance through the tourism office.


Tapas and restauarants

Pintxo (tapas) bars are an institution in Bilbao and visitors will be spoilt for choice. If you would like to splash out and sample Basque Cuisine at its best, the city also boasts fantastic restaurants.

For “New Basque Cuisine” book a table at Michelin starred Zortziko restaurant. This is also a good opportunity to visit their impressive cellar which sells some of the best wines from Rioja.


More information

Bilbao Tourism Office
Plaza Ensanche, 11

Phone number: +34 944 795 760
Fax: +34 944 795 761

Opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 09:00 - 14:00 / 16:00 - 19:30.