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Guided tour of Casco Viejo in Bilbao

The old town – Casco Viejo– is probably the most beautiful part of it Bilbao with cobbled streets, alleys, squares, beautiful traditional 18th-century buildings, gothic churches and separate balconies full of flowers or waving Basque flags.

Until a few years ago, the whole area was surrounded by walls and had three parallel streets.

Later the walls were torn down, a fourth road was built along the river and thus the seven roads known today began. The area has been pedestrianized since 1979.

In the center of the old town is the imposing 14th century Gothic cathedral, Santiago in the homonymous square.

From there begin the “Seven Roads”, which until the 16th century constituted the entire city of Bilbao. It looks like a maze and you will definitely get lost but it is worth it because you will discover small but modern bars that serve beer, wine and pintxos – the well-known tapas, restaurants and shops.

THE Plaza Nueve
with the arches, is the most beautiful square of the city, in neoclassical style, built in 1821. Around the square there are restaurants and cafes but the prices are a bit higher compared to the shops of the rest of the city.

At the southern end of the old quarter is the covered Ribera market. Built in 1929, it has an area of ​​10,000 sq.m. and is the largest closed market in Europe.

There you will find stalls with fruits, vegetables, fish, meat and all traditional products, mainly cheeses and salami. The market is open daily from 8:00 to 2:00 and from 5:00 to 7:00, while on Saturdays from 8:00 to 2:30.

The School of Music is directly opposite.

Wear comfortable shoes and get lost in the alleys and alleys of the historic center of Bilbao, enjoy your food or beer in one of the restaurants or in a tapas bar – the truth is that you will not know what to choose!

The city theater

The laundry high between the houses is impressive!

Graffiti on the wall

It is worth noting the facades of the houses, some of which are very impressive.
One of the most beautifully lit buildings, housing a bank.

The whole area is not very big and you will easily turn it in a few hours. The sure thing is that you will want to go again!

You will find many shops with traditional products, souvenirs and of course restaurants

Of course, there are also outdoor artists!

Access is very easy – on foot if the hotel is in the city center – or by metro to Casco Viejo Station.


* Most restaurants close from 4: 00-7: 00 in the afternoon, ie as soon as the “menu of the day” ends.

* The Bilbao card does not really give many privileges and at least we judged that it is not worth buying, since we went almost everywhere on foot.

* 1 hour by bus is the city of San Sebastian, a beautiful seaside tourist resort worth visiting or even staying. See here more information!

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