You can find art museums in many different cities across the world, but in Bilbao you’ll find the Museum of Artistic Reproductions, meaning that you can see some of the most famous and historic pieces of artwork on the planet, all in one place. Some of the most celebrated pieces you can see here include the Venus de Milo, The Altar of Zeus in the Pergamon, Aphrodite and Dione, and Hemes of Olympia.
San Frantzisko Kalea, 14, Bilbao, Spain, +34 946 79 02 55
The Azkuna Zentroa was once the city’s old wine exchange, built in 1905 to store thousands of bottles in its vast cavernous rooms. Today, however it has been redesigned and has become Bilbao’s premiere culture and leisure centre. Re-imagined by the French designer Philippe Starck, it is now an amazing and unique space, held up by 43-individually designed columns. A buzzing and happening place, com here to simply look around and explore, eat out, go to the cinema, visit an exhibition or enjoy live music.
Arriquíbar Plaza, 4, Bilbao, Spain, +34 944 01 40 14
You can find Celtic-themed bars all over the world, but the quirky Residence Café offers something a little different. Run by the eccentric moustachioed local, Manu Iturregi, the bar is filled with odd curios brought in by customers from around the world. Named ‘The Most Unusual Bar in Town’ by Hendricks Gin, it’s also a great place to watch live music and often hosts both local and international folk bands.
Barraincúa Kalea, 1, Bilbao, Spain, +34 944 05 26 66
There are walking tours, foodie tours and even boat tours, but how about a running tour? Running Tours Bilbao offer visitors a way to keep fit and explore the city at the same time. Choose between 10km (6.2 miles) or 15km (9.3 miles) and get the chance to see buildings such as the Azkuna Zentroa, the Guggenheim, the Campos Elíseos Theatre and the Concordia Train Station, while improving your fitness levels at the same time.
The Guggenheim Bilbao may be the city’s most famous spot, but it’s also one of its most unique. Housed in a strange-looking metal ship-like building designed by the American architect Frank Gehry, it is an amazing sight along the Bilbao skyline. The contemporary art museum showcases works by some of the greatest modern artists of our day including Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Eduardo Chillida, Anish Kapoor and Jeff Koons.