The Basque city of Bilbao makes for a great short break at any time of year, marvelling at the pieces in the Guggenheim Museum, exploring the seven streets of the Casco Viejo (Old Town) and eating as many pintxos as you can. While there are plenty of hotels, if you want to experience life as a local a bit more and have your own space to cook, Airbnb is a great option. Here’s our pick of the best Airbnbs in Bilbao.
This amazing flat, which is just a few minutes’ walk from the Guggenheim Museum, looks like it should belong in the pages of a glossy design magazine, with its huge, open-plan concept, clean white lines and unique pieces of furniture. It can sleep four guests in two large double bedrooms, each with their own private bathroom. It would be perfect for two couples due to its layout and kitchen – ideal for cooking and socialising together. Prices range from €148 per night.
This charming flat is situated on a quiet street in the Casco Viejo (Old Town), between the cathedral and La Ribera Market, the largest indoor market in Europe. It sleeps six people, with two bedrooms and a sofa bed in the lounge. Immediately when you step into this place you feel warm and cosy, with its thick wooden rafters, exposed brick walls and earthy-coloured furniture. It brilliantly fuses together both old and new styles and costs €100 per night.
This cute and cosy Airbnb is located just across the river from the Casco Viejo district of Bilbao, in the up and coming multicultural neighbourhood of San Francisco. It’s situated in the perfect spot to walk both to the central Abando district and the Old Town. With exposed brick walls, chunky wooden pillars and bright, clean-cut furniture, it’s both cosy and comfortable. The apartment sleeps four and has one double room and one room with bunkbeds, making it perfect for families with children.
Set right in the heart of the Casco Viejo (Old Quarter) of Bilbao, this stylishly-decorated apartment can sleep up to six people. It offers one double room, two single rooms and a sofa bed in the lounge, so is perfect for families. Decorated in bright colours with patterned wallpapers and design-conscious furniture, it has a lounge, dining area, kitchen and its own balcony, which looks out onto the pedestrianised street below. The apartment sits 100 metres from the Arriaga Theatre and is also a 20-minute walk to the Guggenheim Museum.
This large and spacious Airbnb is located right in the centre of Bilbao and is just a minute’s walk to the celebrated Guggenheim Museum. It offers two large double bedrooms and two bathrooms, and can sleep six people, including a sofa bed in the lounge. The lounge is spacious with a large, curved window and lots of polished wood and bold colours in black, red and mustard-yellow. There is also a big kitchen for those who like to cook.
If you’re looking for a perfect couples’ bolthole close to the Old Town in Bilbao, then this could be your ideal place. It’s a cosy studio, yet is an adequate size for two, complete with an attached bathroom, as well as a small kitchen and dining area. Housed in an elegant black-and-white building on Esperanza Street, it’s just a short walk to Plaza Nueva with its many pintxos bars.
This spacious and funky-looking apartment is full of creative, quirky décor and feels right at home in such an arty and design-conscious city. It’s set on a charming pedestrianised street in the Casco Viejo, lined with gorgeous-looking period buildings. It sleeps four in two bedrooms – one with a double and one with two singles. The whole apartment is decorated in a shabby-chic style with exposed brick and old wooden beams, paired with chandeliers, graceful mirrors and artistic prints on the walls.
This sleek-looking apartment sits in between the hip districts of Bilbao La Vieja and San Francisco, across the river from the Old Town. It offers views of the River Nervión and is located directly opposite La Ribera Market. It sleeps five, with a double sofa bed in the lounge and two rooms with two single beds each. It also features a huge, fully-equipped kitchen, dressed in shiny silver and white – perfect for cooking ingredients you’ve bought in the market opposite. There’s also a small balcony and sun room, so you can enjoy beautiful river views.