Bilbao is the capital of the province of Vizcaya (Biscay) in the Basque region of northern Spain. Bilbao has worked hard to promote its image in recent years and offers a unique blend of maritime interest mixed with cultural and culinary delights. There are a series of fiestas celebrated throughout the year as for example the “Semana Grande”, a week-long festival in the third week of August offering stunning fireworks every night and local festivities, displays and celebrating until the small hours. However, unlike some of its southern counterparts, Bilbao is not dominated by tourism, so you can really savour a taste of authentic local life.
Bilbao, as a network hub, is the ideal base for exploring the highlights of the Basque country. Here is a selection of the sights in the surrounding area, within an hour’s drive from Bilbao. A bit further up the coast towards France is the city of San Sebastian. This city was the former summer residence of the King, and is built around a beautiful natural bay. It is an elegant and fashion-conscious city, and the old town if full of bars and restaurants. It is said there are more Michelin star restaurants in San Sebastian than in any other city in Spain. It offers a Jazz Festival in July and an international film festival in September. The breathtaking Laga beach sits below the rock of Ogoño, offering a sudden 400 metre sheer drop into clear, blue water. From the top there is a stunning view of the Bay of Biscay. The beach itself is stunning, set in the wild, rocky coastline.