Fly To Bilbao, Spain
Bilbao first broke into the tourism industry with the opening of the railway between Bilbao and Las Arenas in 1872. Its beaches were the main draw back then, and they still attract their fair share of attention today. Together with the exquisite churches, palaces and parks, one would think Bilbao had more than enough to offer visitors, but add the world-famous Guggenheim Museum to the line-up, and it makes perfect sense that Bilbao is becoming a destination to be reckoned with.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- SA Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Bilbao, or anywhere else in Spain. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and don’t forget to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- There is a South African Honorary Consulate-General in Bilbao. Las Mercedes No 31, Edificio Abra, Las Arenas, C.P. 48930, Bilbao. Phone: + 34 94 646 1124.
See and do
Bilbao’s pride and joy is the Guggenheim Museum, and this architectural masterpiece is certainly an impressive work of art. Its undulating form mimics the curves of Spanish ships, while the titanium cladding shimmers like the scales of a fish. Inside you’ll find frequently changing temporary exhibits featuring pieces from other Guggenheim collections around the world.
For more historic architectural wonders, you’ll want to visit Bilbao’s ancient churches and cathedrals, whose aesthetics tend towards the Gothic and Baroque periods. The Cathedral of St. James, the Iglesia de San Anton, the Basilica de Begona and the Iglesia de San Nicolas are just a few of the many wonderful religious buildings in Bilbao.
Simply wandering around Bilbao can offer hours of entertainment, from the seven streets of the Casco Viejo, to the views from the Mallona stairs. A stroll through the Dona Casilda Iturrizar Park is a great way to spend a warm Spanish afternoon, and the riverside walks are equally enjoyable during the day or in the evening.
Check out the Dos de Mayo Street flea market if you can. It’s held on the first Saturday of every month. You’ll find wonderful books, antiques and second hand clothes here, and it’s a great place to shop for unusual souvenirs.
Public transport in Bilbao can be expensive, so buy a CreditTrans card if you plan on doing more than a few trips. It’s valid on all the municipal transport systems, so you can use the metro, bus, train and tram, without worrying about individual tickets each time you board.
Bilbao Airport – BIO
Food and beverage: Deiro, LOIU Self-service, and Pans & Company.
Currency Exchange: There are ATMs in the Departures and Arrivals Halls, on Level 3 at Bilbao Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to the Lost and Found Desk, in the check-in area on Level 3.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Holiday Inn Express, Barcelo Nervion, Silken Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao and Palacio Urgoiti Hotel Golf Mungia.
Car Hire: Avis, Enterprise Atesa, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.
Airport Hub: Bilbao Airport (code BIO) is a hub for Vueling.