Bilbao. Guide to know Bilbao

Bilbao Guide to learn Bilbao (Spain). Discover the city of Bilbao, tourist information for the city of Bilbao.


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Mercadona in Bilbao - Barakaldo

There is new interest in citizens having a Mercadona in Bilbao. And it is the only autonomous Basque community that does not have a supermarket of the chain. That is why, tired of having to travel outside or take advantage of travel to other communities to buy their products, social media echo the desire to build an Mercadona which were made ​​in Bilbao. Groups such as "Basques who buy Mercadona like there's no tomorrow" and "I WANT ONE IN BILBAO MERCADONA" populate Facebook with thousands of followers.

And that is the price of products not only because when people are walking miles to go buy Mercadona, it's because products such as creams, yogurts, cereals, ... have little to envy in terms of quality with other brands best known.

It seems that after much pressure the first Basque Mercadona will appear shortly. Mercadona has moved piece and has contacted those responsible Megapark Barakaldo to install around your supermarket. And the space occupied by the now-closed Saturn has many numbers being chosen.

Still, the city of Barakaldo has not confirmed anything about it, but as it did when we announced the arrival of Ryanair in Bilbao , spoke neither official sources, when the river sounds ... is that water takes.

The Basque capital is a beautiful city with a great attraction, so that more and more people decide to visit it. As a result, some of the services offered to tourists have risen in price. The best way to combat the rising prices are staying in a hostel.

The Bilbao hostels offer excellent quality accommodation, great location and affordable prices. More not to like! Here are some examples to get an idea.

The Ganbara Hostel is a brand new hostel, opened in July 2011 and is located in the Old Quarter of the city. It has a total of 62 rooms spread over 13 for four, six or eight beds. Breakfast is included in the price, but that's not all ... Ganbara Hostel offers air conditioning, WiFi, security lockers, luggage storage, bicycle rental, kitchen, laundry, ... In short, all the necessary amenities for an economical and enjoyable stay.

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Surf Backpackers Bilbao - Hotel

On the other hand, the Surf Backpackers Bilbao offers private and shared rooms, to suit the budgets of all travelers. It is located in the center of the city, two blocks from the Guggenheim Museum and around find many tapas bars. Guests have free access to common room, kitchen, laundry, luggage and Internet.

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Hostal Mardones (Bilbao)

The last example that we share with you today is the Hostal Mardones. This is a more traditional setting, but it has the best location (in the heart of Casco Viejo Bilbao) and excellent facilities. It has a total of 18 comfortable rooms, all double, ideal for couples and travelers who want to make the most of their privacy. The price includes bed linen, towels and luggage, but there are also Internet access, in-room lockers and parking.

These three hostels are just a small sample of the supply of housing having Bilbao. Private rooms, dorms, kitchen, laundry, internet access, ... The vast majority offer all necessary steps to make the most of a visit to Bilbao amenities.

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Hotel Sheraton Bilbao

The Sheraton Bilbao, designed by architect Ricardo Legorreta has its privileged location between the Congress Palace and the Palace of Euskalduna's, and close to the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Maritime Museum. Also, it is just 15 minutes from the Airport Loiu.

The layout of Hotel Sheraton Bilbao is based on the work of Eduardo Chillida. Ricardo Legorreta not only took up the task of designing the hotel, but took part in the choice of materials which would be built each of the decorative elements.

Sheraton Bilbao Hotel comprises a total of 211 rooms including 21 suites. The rooms feature the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper (SM), Cable, ADSL, air conditioning, minibar and marble bathroom. The suites also feature a spa bath and plasma TV.

On the sixth floor have the resort with stunning views of the estuary. It offers a gym, sauna, massage and swimming pool.

The restaurant at the Sheraton, Aizian, we can find the best chefs, making it a point of reference. In it we can enjoy the best of Basque cuisine, but also in the room, thanks to the service available 24 hours.

One thing to mention is the collection of contemporary art and Spanish ship models, spread across the hotel with the intention of giving it history of the port of Bilbao.

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Sheraton Bilbao Hotel Room

The rise in Bilbao Pagasarri is an activity quite frequently, hence the path is found Pagasarri well documented.

Then the ascent route to the mountain is described, with photographs to help guide:

The route starts in the San Adrián (Bilbao). We leave Zabalburu Square, located near the train station and go down the street and Avenida Juan de Garay San Adrián. At the end of the street we find the bridge from the image below:

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Way up to Pagasarri: Building Iberdrola

Crossing the bridge will cross the highway, arriving at Iberdrola building. At this point we leave the city to begin the ascent to Pagasarri. Go around the building to the right to take the road Larraskitu, a paved trail that runs through the neighborhood Larraskitu.

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Way up to Pagasarri: Road Larraskitu

Continue about 300 meters down the track. We find a path off to the left. If we take this shortcut we'll end up at the same track much later, avoiding giving more back. This step is optional, if we follow the track all the time we'll end up at the same point even take more.

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Way up to Pagasarri: Shortcut

Continuing along the road called Camino Pagasarri, we will find the Bar Athletic and later with a picnic area and tables, along with a panel of the council with a map and information about the area.

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Way up to Pagasarri: Road Pagasarri

If we continue down the road, we will reach a point where a barrier prevents access to vehicles. The point where climbing the mountain begins and where we have usually taken about 45 minutes to get there. Highlight a road that goes to the left, just before the barrier, leading to the hermitage of San Roque.

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Way up to Pagasarri: Barrier Pagasarri

On the way up, we find the source Zapaburu.

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Way up to Pagasarri: Power Zapaburu

Later we came to a crossroads offers three routes to Pagasarri. The right path is smoother and offers spectacular views of Bilbao. The path of the center begins with stairs and an information panel. Of the three routes, it is the fastest (30 minutes) and the oldest, but also the most physically demanding. The left path instead, is the longest and which gives greater return, why is that less is often done.

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Way up to Pagasarri: Crossing Pagasarri

If we opted for the former to Pagasarri way down the road we find the source of the photo below. This way, near the end, is attached to the left path. On the descent we must remember to properly take detours.

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Way up to Pagasarri: Fountain in the old way of Pagasarri

The road on the left and on the right end joining in the campaign of Pagasarri, under Mount Ganeta (685 meters).

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Way up to Pagasarri: Campa Pagasarri

In the campaign we came across a bar

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Way up to Pagasarri: Campa and bar Pagasarri

To finish up the top, you have to climb a hill behind the bar.

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Way up to Pagasarri: Treetop Pagasarri

Taking the old way of Pagasarri ascension round the hour and twenty minutes.

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Monte Pagasarri (Bilbao)

The Pagasarri is one of the two mountain ranges that surround Bilbao (the other is Artxanda). It is part of the massif Ganekogorta separating Bizkaia and Araba.

Etymologically, Pagasarri comes from the union of two words: To / Pagoa has meaning; and sarri which means dense, dense. So the translation would indicate that Pagassari Pagasarri is a mountain covered by a thick blanket of beech.

The Pagasarri has 673 meters high and is popular in Bilbao, fond mountain, old and young by the known pathways Pagasarri.

The weather in Bilbao is characterized, like the Basque climate in general, by an abundant amount of rainfall. These rains are spread throughout the year, which will make him a particularly "dry" summer. This is evident when it is found that the rainy days represent 45% of the year, excluding 41% of the year is covered.

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Weather in Bilbao - Rainy Days

The rainiest months are elapsed between October and April (November being the most). Although rainfall has generally take place in the form of showers, are also common fine drizzle, which are called drizzle.

The proximity to the ocean makes both summer and winter temperature fluctuations have little. In summer the average maximum temperature ranges between 25 ° and 26 ° C, while in winter the average minimum ranging between 6 ° and 7 ° C. In winter snow is usually not come to fruition, however if hailing, with a total of about 10 days a year.

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Bilbao Weather - High temperatures / minimum

Below you can see the weather in Bilbao today and the following (x) days:

Weather in Spain in Bilbao

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Carlton Hotel (Bilbao)

Located in the Plaza Moyúa Carlton Hotel is the first luxury hotel that featured in Bilbao. Designed by architect Manuel Maria Smith, was designed in 1919 and completed in 1926. Its design was based on the guidelines of the Second Empire style, with classical forms and traditional plants, but direct inspirations from famous hotels of the era: porch and facade access the Carlton in London, and the windows of the lobby of the Hotel Negresco in Nice. We also noticed the magnificent oval skylight in the lobby, second by size of Spain, after Madrid Palace Hotel.

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Skylight Hotel Carlton (Bilbao)

In 1937, the Carlton Hotel was a Basque Government and still retains the air raid shelter at the time. It is also used for holding official and cultural events in Bilbao.

With a section of the building intended for hotel and other offices, has a basement, basement, ground and five upper floors recessed sixth floor. In them a total of 142 rooms (250m2 imperial suite 5 semi-suites, 21 superior rooms and 115 standard rooms), furnished in a classical style with the latest technology are distributed.

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Imperial Suite at the Carlton Hotel (Bilbao)

"Badator Olentzero" is the popular song that is sung in honor of the arrival of Olentzero. Here you have both the letter "Badator Olentzero" as a video clip.
Joan olentzero zaigu,
Mendira wool
intentzioarekin
Ikatz egitera.
Aditu duenean
Jesus jaio dala
lasterka etorri gives
berria ematera.

Horrocks horra
gure Olentzero
hortzian stave pipe
eserita dago.
Ere Kapoiak Baitu
arrautzatxoekin
bihar merendatzeko
botila ardoakin

Olentzero, buru handia
entendimentuz jantzia,
bart arratsean omen du edan
bost arroako zahagia.
Bai weaves handia guts!
trala la la la, la lala trala
Bai weaves handia guts!
trala la la la, la la lala


 Mercado o Feria de Santo Tomás en Bilbao

Fair of Santo Tomas (Bilbao)

The December 21 is celebrated the Fair St. Thomas, with the preamble of the Bilbao Christmas. Today, traditional products baserris (settlements) are presented in the New and Arenal Square.

The origin of this festival is the late nineteenth century, when the tenants of baserris Bizkaia Bilbao came to pay rents of farmhouses to their owners. The baserritarras besides go to Bilbao to rents, took samples of their products to owners baserris.

Women in these baserritarras took the initiative to accompany them on these trips and taking positions in the old square (next to San Anton) and in different parts of Casco Viejo and the Bank, offered these products to housewives Bilbao for consumption at Christmas.

In 1945, following a BBK idea Arzeluz Felix Garcia, is responsible for shaping market this event and giving it a continuity that has been maintained until now.

Thus, the Market or Fair of Santo Tomas becomes a great way to test the Basques typical products, also having the ability to adquirlos power. Among them, a typical food of this event is the talo with chorizo, accompanied by a txacolí.

 Café Iruña

Enter the Cafe Iruña in Bilbao

Founded in 1903, the day of San Fermin for Navarro entrepreneur, Severo Unzue is already part of the historical heritage of Bilbao, both for its aesthetics and become the meeting place of the Bilbao society gatherings with participants welcoming such luminaries as Ortega and Unamuno Maeztu. Located on the corner of Columbus and Berastegi Larreategi and the architect Joaquín Rucoba (author also of Arabic living Hall), has a neo-Mudejar style interiors which include tiles and murals.

Café Iruña still currently pursuing his literary vocation, being home to a dozen cultural organizations, who continue to use the center Café Iruña as holding their biggest events.

But despite their strong cultural role, does not neglect the gourmet. Service has a daily menu that recalls the pianist Coffee Iruña composed in that place, in 1927, the Castilian version of the song "Good Menu". In fact, the lyrics of the song is available freely on a postcard in the same Café Iruña and offices of Bilbao Turismo (BIT).

Finally, a detail of the importance of this Café in Bilbao is singular monument was declared in 1980 and in 2000 won the award for best Coffee in Spain.

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Cafe Iruña (Bilbao)

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Cafe Iruña (Bilbao)

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Cafe Iruña (Bilbao)