Bilbao Tourism

They original Basque name is Bilbo, but sadly, this has nothing to do with hobbits. People have been around here a while they found 6000 year old graves on Mounts Avril and Artxanda, and human settlement remains from at least 3rd century BC.

Founded in the 1300s, Bilbao soon got a governing body, the Consulate of Bilbao, which leveraged the city’s port to make the city a highly influential Spanish town. Early 17th century discovery of iron deposits in the surrounding hills added greatly to the city’s wealth this allowed it to weather the Spanish economic crisis of the 17th century quite well.

Bilbao’s indomitability is evident from the fact that even though the 1800s saw the city put through many battles and sieges, it nevertheless continued to prosper right through to the 1900s: railways, tourists, and sharp population increases helped in this.

The Spanish Civil War started here, and the city’s highly important bridges were destroyed… only to be built back at once only a handful of years later, when the war had passed. An unsustainable spurt in industrial development combined with terrorist activity led to a severe economic crisis in the second half of the 20th century. Bilbao responded with steady deindustrialization and focused development of the service sector.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Bilbao

  • Save 7% Food & Wine Tour of Bilbao!
    Food & Wine Tour of Bilbao!New on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Come discover abeautiful city and the amazingBasque cuisine on our 3-hour pintxos (Basque tapas) tour of Bilbao. Experienceth...

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  • Save 7% Bilbao Private Walking Tour
    Bilbao Private Walking TourNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 4 Hrs

    Enjoy this completely personalized private tour of Bilbao and enjoy their most important monuments and sights. Take this oppo...

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  • Save 4% Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region
    Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region25 Reviews

    Duration: 9 Hrs

    The famous Rioja Wine region is a must for wine lovers visiting Spain. Located in the south of the Basque country, you will v...

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  • Save 4% San Sebastian and Biarritz
    San Sebastian and Biarritz58 Reviews

    Duration: 10 Hrs

    Delight yourself with Biarritz, The Beach of Kings, a place chosen to spend their summer vacations by European royalty and fa...

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  • Know the pollution level of Bilbao before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 27.38 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 23.33 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 43.33 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 23.33 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 20 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 19.44 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 23.21 (Low)
  • How safe is Bilbao for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Bilbao.

    • Burglary and Theft 31.52 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 34.78 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 30.43 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 51.09 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 27.17 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 30.68 (Low)
    • Attacks 32.95 (Low)
    • Drug offense 36.96 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 79.35 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 63.04 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 30.43 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 27.17 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 37.5 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Bilbao is 177.53 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 65.09 (High)
    • Climate Index 95.65 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 27.85 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 37 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 64.79 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 87.14 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 12.55 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 85.85 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Bilbao

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.2 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.14 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 42.26 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 96.12 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 89.46 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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