A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – B For Bilbao

Continuing the challenge with day 2, the Basque city of Bilbao.


Situated in the North of Spain close to the border with France, Bilbao is like no other Spanish city I had ever visited.

The language is totally different for a start and the people definitely see themselves as Basque first and Spanish second.

Guggenheim Museum

Bilbao is perhaps best known now for the modern art gallery housed in a spectacular building designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry.

We are not modern art fans so decided to just enjoy the exterior.

Guggenheim Museum, BilbaoGuggenheim Museum, Bilbao

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Nervión River

Bilbao is situated on a river that winds it way through the city and out into the Bay of Biscay.

The river is perfect for strolling along, crossing several bridges as you go.

Nervión River Bridge, BilbaoNervión River Bridge, Bilbao



The Alhóndiga is a former warehouse that has been converted into a cultural centre.

It is notable for the supporting pillars that have been unusually decorated.

Alhóndiga, Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao

The local football club are more or less permanent members of the Spanish Primera Liga.

Uniquely Athletic players have to have been born in the Basque region of Spain or France. It is remarkable therefore that such a successful club has such a small pool of players to choose from.

We timed our visit to coincide with the basque derby match against Osasuna.

San Mamés Stadium Exterior, Bilbao

San Mamés Stadium Exterior, Bilbao

San Mamés Stadium Interior, Bilbao

San Mamés Stadium Interior, Bilbao

Bilbao Buildings

Bilbao has lots of pleasing architecture, all easily viewed on foot.

Bilbao Train Station Exterior

Bilbao Train Station Exterior

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Arachnid Sculpture, Bilbao

Arachnid Sculpture

Bilbao Bars

Bilbao bars are atmospheric and great social experiences. As well as a delicious Rioja, you will be well fed too. Every drink comes with a free side dish known as a pintxos.

These little creations of bread, seafood or meat with tasty sauces are delicious, often meaning there is little need to buy a meal on a night out.

Pintxos, Bilbao

The city beginning with the letter B that I would most like to visit that I haven’t yet? Beijing in China.

How about you?

Look out for C tomorrow.


  1. I flew into Bilbao but never visited. How foolish was that?

    1. One to rectify when able for sure.

      1. Ok, so now I take a guess at your C city…
        Cairo, Cordoba or Casablanca.

      2. None of those. Not been to Casablanca.

      3. Coventry?

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