Should You Visit Bilbao?

Is Bilbao worth visiting?

Yes, Bilbao offers many reasons for a visit. It's a city everyone should explore, and our experience here was wonderful. We didn't want to leave.

Whether you're a traveling as a family, a couple, or a backpacker, this city has a lot to offer. Any local will tell you what makes it special is the great museums and amazing nightlife.

Bilbao offers a mix of old and new. From the famous Guggenheim Museum to the historic old town, there is a lot to see and do here. The city's culinary scene is also among the best in the country, with many Michelin-starred restaurants found in town.

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6 Reasons to Visit Bilbao

1. Museums

A favorite museum in town is the popular Guggenheim Museum. From its iconic building to the unique exhibits, this is a must-see stop during your visit. Other highlights around town include the Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, the Museo Vasco, as well as the city's unique bridges.

2. Nightlife

There's a great late night scene that centers around eating and drinking. There are lively nightclubs, a good live music scene, and no shortage of people heading out on the town.

3. Shopping

Gran Vía is the most popular shopping street in town. There are also historic boutique shops around the old town.

4. Historical Sights

The old town, often called Casco Viejo, is filled with historic architecture, great local bars, and some interesting shopping.

5. The Costs

Depending on your budget, schedule, and travel style, Bilbao might be a very affordable destination for you. Check out the travel costs for Bilbao here or see if Bilbao is expensive here.

6. Authenticity

Bilbao has an authentic vibe where you can experience local culture, cuisine, and activities without the large tourist crowds of other popular destinations.




Is Bilbao worth visiting in the Summer?

The warm weather in summer is one of the reasons people visit at this time of year. Temperatures average around 20°C (68°F) with daily high temperatures often more than 25°C (78°F).

The peak season for travel is summer in Bilbao, so expect to see more tourists than usual. This destination is somewhat popular with travelers, and in the high season it's busier than usual.

This is a great time of year to wander through the museums, enjoy the city's energy, and admire the historic sights. Also, you'll be able to take advantage of the local nightlife.


Summer Weather in Bilbao
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
July 20°C (68°F) 51 mm (2 in)
August 20°C (68°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
September 19°C (66°F) 75 mm (3 in)

Is Bilbao worth visiting in the Autumn?

Autumn is the shoulder season for travel in Bilbao. This destination is somewhat busy with tourists, but in the shoulder season you'll find less crowds and better deals.

Keep in mind that it can be fairly rainy during autumn, and temperatures hover around 16°C (62°F).

Autumn is a great time of year to explore the numerous museums and landmarks around town. They are fun for the whole family as well great for couples. You'll find plenty to do during autumn, as you'll be able to browse around the old town, browse through museums, and discover the big city activities.


Autumn Weather in Bilbao
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
October 16°C (62°F) 111 mm (4.4 in)
November 12°C (54°F) 152 mm (6 in)
December 10°C (50°F) 135 mm (5.3 in)

Is Bilbao worth visiting in the Winter?

This is the low season for travel in Bilbao. This destination is fairly touristy, but in the low season you can find fewer crowds and better deals.

The weather in Bilbao can be quite cold during winter, and averages around 9°C (48°F). But be prepared for much lower temperatures, too.

You'll like that you can take public transit easily in the winter, too. You can get around quickly while avoiding bad weather if needed. During this season it's fun to experience the famous sights and museums, the historic old town, and the nightlife scene. Also, you can soak up the big city atmosphere.


Winter Weather in Bilbao
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
January 9°C (48°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)
February 10°C (50°F) 108 mm (4.3 in)
March 11°C (51°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)

Is Bilbao worth visiting in the Spring?

Keep in mind that it can be fairly rainy during spring, and temperatures hover around 12°C (54°F).

Spring is the shoulder season for travel in Bilbao, which means slightly less visitors than in the peak season. This destination is somewhat busy with tourists, but in the shoulder season you'll find less crowds and better deals.

This is a great time of year to browse the shops, browse the museums, and admire the historic sights. Also, you can check out the nightlife.


Spring Weather in Bilbao
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
April 12°C (54°F) 129 mm (5.1 in)
May 15°C (59°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
June 18°C (64°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)

Things to Consider Before Visiting Bilbao

Not As Family-Friendly
While there are some family activities, it's not as child-friendly as other destinations.

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What is Bilbao most famous for?

Bilbao is most famous for it's world-class culinary scene, its modern museums, and its lovely parks. The city is very popular for its museums, nightlife, and shopping. It's also known for historical sights. It is often described as industrial, authentic, colorful, and friendly.


What is the most famous sight in Bilbao?

The most popular sight in Bilbao is The Guggenheim Museum. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Bilbao on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for The Guggenheim Museum and other attractions here.

How touristy is Bilbao? Is it a popular city to visit?

Bilbao is more popular with local tourists than with international visitors. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)


    • PRIVATE San Sebastian and Basque Coast Tour from Bilbao: $294
    • BILBAO-City Highlights Bike Tour: $39
    • Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Private Tour with Official Guide: $197
    • Private tour Bilbao to La Rioja A day of Winery Tours and Tasting: $255
    • Bilbao Gourmet Tapas Tour - Do Eat Better Experience: $75
    • Museum of Fine Arts Private Guided Tour: $89
    • Bilbao Guggenheim Museum Private Tour with Official Tour Guide 100% Personalised: $133
    • 3-day Bilbao Bike Tour and Guggenheim Museum Ticket: $260

    How long should I spend in Bilbao?

    The ideal length of time for a trip to Bilbao is two to three days. Since Bilbao has activities such as museums, nightlife, and shopping, many visit for up to three days.

    If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Bilbao? and Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Bilbao?.