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October 3, 2007updated Dec 11, 2015

Concierge Recommendations for a Perfect Day Out in Bilbao

By Chris Boyle

Pintxos

We asked Bilbao’s top concierges to share their personal recommendations for the perfect day in the Basque capital

Eder Romay

Front Office Assistant Manager, Silken Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao

+34 94 425 3300

www.granhoteldominebilbao.com

 

Best restaurants

The Lookout Terrace

Cuisine: Basque

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Silken Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao, Alameda de Mazarredo 61, 48009

Etxanobe

Cuisine: Classic European

Palacio Euskalduna, Avenida Abandoibarra 4, 48002

Zortzico

Cuisine: Basque

Alameda de Mazarredo 17, 48001

Best to Do

Guggenheim Museum

Visit the Guggenheim Museum, then hang out in the old town and try a Pintxos lunch

Reception Team

Teatro Arriaga

Hotel Miró

+34 94 661 1880

www.mirohotelbilbao.com

First day – In the morning, visit the fabulous Guggenheim Museum, the Basque region’s star attraction, then take a stroll to Bilbao’s old town (Casco Viejo) and lunch on pintxos (small tapas on bread) in the Plaza Nueva. Walk back from Casco Viejo via the river or take the tram and enjoy the great views.

Second day – Visit the Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao) on the Plaza del Museo, then head out for some shopping at the Philippe Starck-designed Alhóndiga Bilbao. This culture and leisure center boasts a cinema multiplex, library, fitness center, auditorium, shops and a restaurant.

Best Restaurants

Etxanobe

Cuisine: Classic European

Palacio Euskalduna, Avenida Abandoibarra 4, 48002

Casa Rufo

Cuisine: Basque

Calle Hurtado de Amezaga 5, 48008

Guggenheim Restaurant

Cuisine: Basque

Guggenheim Museum, Avenida Abandoibarra 2, 48001

Best Shop

Persuade

For: High-end fashion, furniture

Villarias 8, 48001

Best to Do

Nervion River

Take a boat ride along the Nervion River to see the remains of the city´s past, and its transformation into today’s stunning metropolis.

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