Bilbao. Guide for Bilbao

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


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Mercadona in Bilbao - Barakaldo

There is new interest in citizens having a Mercadona in Bilbao. And that Euskadi is the only region that does not have a supermarket of this chain. That is why, tired of having to travel outside or take trips to other communities to buy their product, social media echo that desire to build an Mercadona in Bilbao were made. 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 it comes to the prices of products not only because when people are walking miles to go buy Mercadona, is because products like 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 in 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 , official sources also spoke, when the river sounds ... is that water takes.

The Basque capital is a beautiful city with a great tourist attraction, so that more and more people decide to visit. As a result, some of the services offered to tourists have suffered a price increase. The best way to combat this price increase is 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. There are a total of 62 in 13 rooms 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 to enjoy an economical and enjoyable stay.

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Bilbao Surf Backpackers - Hostel

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 storage 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 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 fully enjoy your privacy. The price includes bed linen, towels and luggage, but there are also Internet access, lockers in rooms and parking.

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

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Hotel Sheraton Bilbao

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

The Sheraton Bilbao Hotel design 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 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 heated pool.

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

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 ascent to Pagasarri Bilbao 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 facilitate orientation:

The route begins in the neighborhood of San Adrián (Bilbao). We leave Zabalburu Square, located near the train station and go down the street and Avenida Juan de Garay of 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 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 road off to the left. If we take this shortcut we'll end 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 but 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 the ascent begins to mount and where we have normally 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: Barrera 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 route from the center, begins with stairs and an information panel. Of the three routes, it is the fastest (about 30 minutes) and the oldest, but also the most physically demanding. The left path instead, is the longest and which gives greater return, so it is the least is usually done.

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Way up to Pagasarri: Cross in the Pagasarri

If we have chosen to Pagasarri the old road, down the road we find the source of the next picture. This road, near the end, joins 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, climb a mound behind the bar.

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Way up to Pagasarri: Treetop Pagasarri

Taking the old road 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). Part of the massif Ganekogorta, Bizkaia and Araba separating.

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

The account Pagasarri 673 meters high and is very popular in Bilbao, quite fond of mountains to 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 °. 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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Weather in Bilbao - 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 is the Carlton Hotel, the first luxury hotel in Bilbao told that. Designed by architect Manuel Maria Smith, was designed in 1919 and completed in 1926 for 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: the porch and facade access Carlton 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 the Palace Hotel in Madrid.

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Skylight Hotel Carlton (Bilbao)

In 1937, the Carlton Hotel was a Basque Government and still has the bomb shelter that time. It is also used for holding official and cultural events of 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 (one imperial suite of 250m2, 5 semi-suites, 21 superior rooms and 115 standard rooms), decorated in a classic style but with the latest technology are distributed.

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Imperial Suite of 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 da
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)

December 21 is celebrated the Fair of St. Thomas, with the preamble of the Bilbao Christmas. This day, traditional products baserris (villages) are shown in New Arenal and Plaza.

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

Women in these baserritarras took the initiative to accompany you on these trips and taking positions in the old square (next to San Anton) and at different points of the 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 Fair Market or St. Thomas becomes a great way to test the Basques typical products, and providing the possibility of adquirlos power. Among them, a typical food of this event is the talo with chorizo, accompanied by a txacolí.

 Café Iruña

Enters the Cafe Iruña in Bilbao

Founded in 1903, the day of San Fermin Navarro for entrepreneur, Severo Unzue is already part of the historical heritage of Bilbao, both for its aesthetics and become a meeting place for 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 Arab living Hall), has a neo-Mudejar style interiors which include tiles and murals.

The Café Iruña still currently maintaining his literary vocation, being home to a dozen cultural associations, which continue to use the center as Café Iruña holding their biggest events.

But despite their strong cultural role, does not neglect the gastronomic. Service has a daily menu that reminds 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 free 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 has been declared a singular monument 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)