In this opportunity we will focus on visiting Vizcaya or Bizkaia according to the local name. This land spreads out, like most of the Basque territory, between the mountains and the sea. We will do a tour in Bilbao and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Bilbao is the capital of the province, the financial center of the Basque Country. Its foundations were the cradle of iron which largely forged the region’s prosperous future.
Beautification tasks has been carried out in recent decades in Bilbao, recovering the health of its estuary, the Nervion. Its shores before, were populated by factory settlements.
Today the city stands out for the green wide parks, for comfortable corridors along the estuary, and bidegorris – bike lanes. Bilbao was declared in 2018 best city in Europe. Besides its natural environment of mountains which reach a thousand meters high, and its proximity to the coasts easily accessible by local metro, we’ll meet the caring and friendly spirit of its people. Bilbao has also an active cultural and artistic life which satisfies all styles, is not worthless that in Bilbao, there is one of the three most important Guggenheim museums in the world, with only five examples on the planet.
Before Bilbao tour, we will profit our stay in Bizkaia to visit San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, popularized as “Dragonstone” because of having served as a natural setting for important shots during the Game of Thrones series in its seventh season.
Description of the activity
To carry out this tour in Bilbao and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe which requires a full 9-hour day of interest and magnificence, we will pick you up from your accommodation to head towards the Biscayan coast. Near the coastal town of Bakio, we will park to walk along a path immersed in a protected natural biotope and then patiently climb the 241 steps that will deposit us in the hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. This hermitage is from the 10th century, decorated inside by boats, devotions of sailors and fishermen of all times.
Next to the door the emblematic bell will not stop ringing. Play three times and ask for three wishes, they will be fulfilled as strongly as the sea hitting both sides of the islet. The sights from here and throughout the journey are amazing. You will surely like to record these unique postcards in your memory and in that of your camera.
We return to our route to go to Bilbao, Bilbo for the locals. We will visit the Guggenheim museum, whose design matches perfectly with the idyllic landscape of the Nervión course, evoking a ship covered in titanium scales. Inside, the Guggenheim in Bilbao, houses a permanent exhibition of numerous international artists and varied styles masterpieces, especially modernists, local artists art works , and a temporary exhibitions.
To finish our intense visit, we will walk around the Old Town and enjoy the traditional pintxos. This tour includes four pintxos per person accompanied by the flavor of the typical txakoli or the drink of your choice. If you’d like to try a greater variety of pintxos you can join pintxo tour in San Sebastian. Regarding to the end of our present experience in Bilbao, it will be a rich and interesting day closed, for sure, sharing the conversation with Bilbao people, always happy to hang out with the visitor.
From June 1st to September 30th: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. From October 1st to May 31st: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.