To feel the real pulse of Bilbao, step out and discover nearby neighborhoods like Bilbao, Basauri, and Bilbao Old Town.
To really understand Bilbao, visit one of its museums and theaters. In particular, you should make sure you check out Maritime Museum, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Basque Museum. To catch home-grown and touring acts, head to Arriaga Theater, one of the region’s premier live concert venues.
If the sun is out, follow the locals and head outside to the nearby parks and reserves. There are no shortage of gardens and parks, so why don’t you go out and enjoy the Dona Casilda Iturrizar Park.
To really get a feel for the area, stop at the nearby local attractions such as Santiago Cathedral, Plaza Nueva and the Plaza Miguel de Unamuno. These are much-loved by travellers from all over the world. Bilbao is filled with reminders of the past; begin your local history tour at Chavarri Palace. Whatever your background or beliefs, you'll love the serenity at sacred places like the Iglesia de Begona.
If you like to grab a bargain, visit Ribera Market.
Sports fans visiting Arrigorriaga should head to San Mames Stadium to see the Athletic Bilbau doing battle with visiting teams. To look like a local, don’t forget to pack some red, black and white, the colors of the Athletic Bilbau.
After a day seeing the sights around Arrigorriaga, recharge your batteries in one of the area’s popular hotels or serviced apartments. If you're looking for great service and a comfortable bed, check out the amenities at the Melia Bilbao, the Sercotel Coliseo, and the Silken Gran Hotel Domine.