Cruises to Bilbao

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Spain and France


24 June 2018 | 7 Nights
Cunard : Queen Elizabeth

Southampton, La Rochelle, France, Bilbao, Spain, Gijon, Spain, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Southampton ...Read More

from £2,181pp
Cabin type: Inside

Western Europe Escapade

Mid-sized, elegant ships with a high staff to guest ratio to take care of your every need , Finest cuisine at sea, served in a variety of distinctive open-seating restaurants, all at no additional…

27 May 2018 | 12 Nights
Oceania Cruises : Nautica

Rome, (from Civitavecchia), Italy, Barcelona, Spain, Cartagena, Spain, Lisbon, Portugal, Oporto, Portugal, La Coruna, Spain, Bilbao, Spain, Bordeaux, France, Bordeaux (Le Verdon), France, Southampton ...Read More

from £5,900pp
Cabin type: Suite

Lisbon to London (Greenwich)

Complimentary beverages in-suite and throughout the ship , Open-seating dining , Multiple restaurants with diverse cuisine , Spacious ultra-luxury suites – almost all with a private veranda , Butler…

22 May 2018 | 12 Nights
Silversea : Silver Spirit

Lisbon, Portugal, Oporto (Leixoes), Portugal, La Coruna, Spain, Bilbao, Spain, St Jean De Luzz, Bordeaux, France, Belle Ile, Saint-Malo, France, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Honfleur, France, London… ...Read More

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A true taste of Spain

Reflections at downtown Bilbao Facades

Reflections at downtown Bilbao Facades

Bilbao marketplace on sunny day

Bilbao marketplace on sunny day

Bilbao, Spain,panoramic views of downtown

Bilbao, Spain,panoramic views of downtown

Bilbao, Guggenheim museum

Bilbao, Guggenheim museum

ROL Cruise recommends…

1. Get acquainted with the city’s history in Casco Viejo

Bilbao’s Old Quarter, known as Casco Viejo, is an ideal starting point for discovering the city and its culture. Walk along narrow streets as you browse the charming cafés and shops that occupy the lower floors of its lofty, multi-storey buildings. Admire landmarks in a variety of architectural styles, such as the mostly Gothic Cathedral de Santiago (St. James), the Neo-Baroque Teatro Arriaga opera house and the Neoclassical Plaza Nueva.

2. Walk along the river

Take a relaxing stroll along the Nervión River, past converted warehouses and quaint eateries. Right on the waterfront you’ll find the Art Deco La Ribera Market and the lovely San Anton church. Catch the nearby funicular to the viewpoint of Mount Artxanda for panoramic views of the bustling city.

3. Be astounded by art

The striking Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is the city’s most popular draw. A masterpiece of urban architecture, its contemporary limestone, glass and titanium form is credited as reinventing the once-dilapidated industrial city. Step inside the riverside building to view some of its 19 galleries leading off of the soaring atrium. Admire an array of modern exhibits including sculptures, paintings and photography by famous artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Roy Lichtenstein. For medieval works, head past the elliptical Torre Iberdrola skyscraper to Museo des Bellas Artes in the city centre.

4. Venture further afield

Beyond Bilbao city are numerous charming towns that deserve a visit if you have time. Enjoy the scenic Basque countryside as you head for Bermeo, on the north coast. This quaint fishing village has a couple of picturesque churches and an eighteenth century town hall, while nearby Guernica suffered an aerial bombing that inspired Picasso’s painting of the same name. Slightly further afield is the wonderfully lively seaside town of San Sebastian and medieval Hondarribia.

5. Go sightseeing in Getxo

Around 12 miles outside Bilbao is the seaside town of Getxo. Beyond the cruise port and yacht harbour, you’ll find sandy beaches and ample attractions to fill an afternoon. Make sure your sightseeing list includes the impressive Vizcaya Bridge, the quaint Neo-Gothic Santa Ana chapel and the stately mansions of Biscay’s wealthiest residents. Head north to Algorta and Punta Galea for fantastic cliff views, as well as monuments such as the Prince’s Castle, an eighteenth century windmill and the Baroque Andra Mari church.

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