After leaving the glorious sunshine and beach in San Sebastian we headed further inland to Bilbao for our final stop on our summer jaunt. We were really looking forward to some more pinxtos, the food that is famous in the Basque Country and Bilbao did not disappoint!
I had read several blogs and spoken to friends about Bilbao and it was all a little mixed so my expectations were low to say the least. Upon arrival at the bus station we quickly hopped on a metro to the old town where we were staying. Once at the old town I was pleasantly surprised, it was really pretty with little winding streets and curious shops and of course plenty of pintxo bars.
We were staying right off Plaza Berria which is the main square in the old town so that is where we headed to sample our first round of pintxo. From the moment we began browsing I began to think that the variety was better than San Sebastian and the price was certainly a lot cheaper. We settled for this lot for our first round, lots of aubergines, cheese, ham and of course a little wine to wash it all down.
The rest of the afternoon was spent wandering the old town, we soon realised it was small but filled with interesting buildings, a lot of churches and countless restaurants. It was a little rainy but the town still felt incredible charming and I was loving it more with every corner that we turned.
For our evening meal we went back to the Plaza Berria and went straight for a pintxo bar we saw earlier that had advertised 8 pintxo and a bottle of cava for €20. After the more expensive San Sebastian this was a welcome break from spending loads on little pintxo’s. We were able to choose which ever ones we wanted and the cava was of course a lovely touch for our last evening in Spain.
Our flight out of Bilbao wasn’t until later that evening so we had a full day to explore Bilbao. It was a gorgeous sunny day so we headed straight for the famous Guggenheim museum, I have seen countless photos of this building but to see it in the flesh was pretty awesome. I wasn’t fussed on going in to the actual museum as it was €15 each admission price and the line was so long. I do forget how spoilt we are in London with all of the great museums that are free.
We walked around the building and found the gorgeous Puppy by Jeff Koons. At the time I couldn’t tell whether it was a cat or a dog but I can confirm it is as cute as anything. We stopped and had lunch at the museum in the sunshine and tried to enjoy every last moment of the holiday.
We then walked over the La Salve Bridge, this bridge was built in the 70’s and connects the old town with the suburbs of Bilbao. It is incredible striking and fits in well with the museum and the surrounding area.
Bilbao is a great little stop over en route to San Sebastian, the old town was pretty and kept us occupied for a day.
Have you been to Bilbao?
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