Departing from the pier, you will enjoy a short drive to Getxo, an elegant residential part of town nestled on the bank of the Nervion River and featuring large, English-style homes. Upon arrival, you will take a panoramic drive of the city and then proceed for a visit to the nearby Hanging Bridge, or Bizkaia Bridge. The Bridge joins the riverbanks at Portugalete and Las Arenas, allowing for free-flowing maritime traffic. Reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower due to its iron structure, this over 100 year-old old masterpiece of engineering is now the oldest transporter bridge in the world.
Once in the city, you will head towards the Ensanche area – the big town extension of 1883 which is today recognized as the city center of Bilbao. The geometric grid of the Ensanche offers a large variety of interesting buildings and squares: the Indautxu and Bizkaia square, the local government’s library, the Alhondiga building which was reformed by the French industrial designer Philippe Starck, and the unique Metro designed by Norman Foster.
Afterwards, you visit the jewel of the city, the popular Guggenheim Museum, a striking fish-shaped structure built by Frank Gehry in the late 20th century. Built of shimmering titanium and glass, the building put Bilbao back on the tourist map and is at the top of every visitors must-see list. Join your guide for a tour exploring the highlights of the permanent collection.
Following an approximately 1 hour 30 minutes visit you will enjoy a guided walk around the Old Quarter, the most popular area of the city. Here, you will see the Teatro Arriaga, el Arenal, the old stevedoring port, San Nicholas Church, the Cathedral of Santiago along with its cloister, and Plaza Nueva.
Before ending the tour you will stop at the Artxanda Park, for a panoramic view across the city.
- Enjoy a private tour inside the modern Guggenheim Museum
- Walk along the banks of the River Nervion
- Wander the compact streets of Bilbao’s Casco Viejo
- Admire the regeneration of Spain’s former industrial heartland
- See the 19th-century homes of wealthy industrialists
- Marvel at contemporary architecture by Calatrava and Frank Gehry