Bilbao. Guide to know Bilbao

Bilbao, Guia to know Bilbao (Spain). Discover the city of Bilbao, tourist information of the city of Bilbao.

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Mercadona in Bilbao - Barakaldo

It is not a new concern for citizens to have a Mercadona in Bilbao. And that Euskadi is the only autonomous region that does not have a supermarket of this chain. That is why, tired of having to travel out, or take advantage of trips to other communities to buy their products, social media echoed the desire to be built a Mercadona in Bilbao were made. Groups like "Basques who shop at Mercadona like there's no tomorrow" and "I WANT A MERCADONA IN BILBAO" populate Facebook with thousands of followers.

And that is the price of products not alone, because when people walking miles to go buy Mercadona, it is 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 the responsible Megapark in Barakaldo, to install around your supermarket. And the space occupied by the now closed Saturn has many numbers being elected.

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 carries.

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 risen in price. The best way to combat this price increase is staying in a hostel.

The hotels in Bilbao offer excellent quality accommodation, good location and affordable prices. More is 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 rooms spread over 13 for four, six or eight beds. Breakfast is included in the price, but that's not all ... Ganbara Hostel features air conditioning, WiFi, security lockers, luggage storage, bike rental, kitchen, laundry, ... In short, all the necessary amenities to enjoy an economical and enjoyable stay.

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Surf Backpackers Bilbao - Hostal

On the other hand, the Surf Backpackers Bilbao offers private and shared rooms to suit budgets of all travelers. It is located in the city center, two blocks from the Guggenheim Museum and around find many tapas bars. Guests have free access to common room, kitchen, laundry, luggage and the 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 boasts the best location (in the heart of Casco Viejo Bilbao) and excellent facilities. There are a total of 18 comfortable rooms, all doubles, 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 the rooms and parking.

These three hostels 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 measures 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 a privileged location between the Congress and the Palace of Euskalduna's, and close to the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Maritime Museum. Furthermore, it is just 15 minutes from the Airport Loiu.

The design of the 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.

The Hotel Sheraton Bilbao has a total of 211 rooms including 21 suites. The rooms feature the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper (SM), cable TV, 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 point of reference. In it we can enjoy the best 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, scattered around the hotel with the intention of giving it part of the port of Bilbao history.

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Room of Hotel Sheraton Bilbao

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

Then the ascent route to Mount described with photographs to facilitate orientation:

The route starts at the San Adrián (Bilbao). We start from the Plaza Zabalburu, located near the train station and go down the street Avenida Juan de Garay and 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 passes 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 on the same track much later, avoiding give more back. This step is optional, if we trace all the time'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 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 arrive at a point where a barrier preventing access to vehicles. Is where the ascent to 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: Barrera Pagasarri

On the way up, we find the Fountain of Zapaburu.

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Way up to Pagasarri: Power Zapaburu

Later we came to a crossroads offers three routes to the 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, 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, for it is the least is usually done.

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Way up to Pagasarri: Cross on the Pagasarri

If we have opted for the former to Pagasarri road, down the road we find the source of the photo below. This way, toward 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 have a bar

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Way up to Pagasarri: Campa and bar Pagasarri

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

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Way up to Pagasarri: Top of 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 two mountain ranges that surround Bilbao (the other is Artxanda). Part of the massif Ganekogorta, separating Bizkaia and Araba.

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

The Pagasarri offers 673 meters high and is very popular in Bilbao, quite fond mountain, old and young thanks to the known ways of Pagasarri.

The weather in Bilbao is characterized, like the Basque climate in general, for 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 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 those that take place between October and April (November being the most). Although rainfall has generally occur as showers, are also very common fine drizzle, which are called drizzle.

The proximity to the ocean makes both summer and winter with few fluctuations in temperature. 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 does not usually get to materialize, 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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Hotel Carlton (Bilbao)

Located in the Plaza Moyúa is the Carlton Hotel, the first hotel Grand Luxury with which featured 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 with direct inspirations from famous hotels of the era: 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 lobby, second in Spain by size, after the Hotel Palace in Madrid.

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Skylight Hotel Carlton (Bilbao)

In 1937, the Carlton Hotel hosted the first Basque Government and still retains the bomb shelter at that 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 floor, five upper floors and recessed sixth floor. In them a total of 142 rooms (an imperial suite of 250m2, 5 semi-suites, 21 superior rooms and 115 standard rooms), decorated in a classic style but with the latest technological advances are distributed.

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Imperial Suite Hotel Carlton (Bilbao)

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

Horrocks horra
gure Olentzero
hortzian stave pipe
eserita dago.
Ere Kapoiak Baitu
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

Feria de Santo Tomas (Bilbao)

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

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

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

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

Thus, the Market or Fair St. Thomas becomes a great way to try typical Basque 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

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 a meeting place for the Bilbao society, hosting gatherings with participants as famous as Ortega, Maeztu and Unamuno. Located on the corner of Columbus and Berastegi Larreategi and the architect Joaquín Rucoba (author also of Arab living Hall), has a neo-Moorish style which highlights its interior tiles and murals.

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

But despite its strong cultural role, does not neglect the gourmet. It has a daily menu service reminding the pianist composed Café Iruña there, 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 in the offices of Bilbao Turismo (BIT).

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

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Cafe Iruña (Bilbao)

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Cafe Iruña (Bilbao)

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Cafe Iruña (Bilbao)