Geraldine Fayet is one of our Senior Project Managers from The O Team Spain. Together we travel across the country exploring and discovering the latest venues and trends in the best cities to offer the perfect experiences to our clients. Join us and discover Bilbao with Geraldine!
The Basque Country is a very special and unique region with its very own culture. Especially their food, sports and its people.
Bilbao has re-invented itself after the industrial heart of the city collapsed. Today it is a dynamic, artistic and cultural hub with some of the most distinctive buildings and architecture of our time. The city’s atmosphere is international, interactive and innovative.
A day in Bilbao
When I go to Bilbao, I spend at least half a day in the historic City Centre. It’s a beautiful district that flourishes with great local shops, cute bars, small local designer boutiques, art galleries and cool restaurants. Moreover, I like to have a coffee or drink at the old and historic Café “El Tilo”. After, I then stroll towards the “Puente del Arenal” to enjoy the view, the sunshine and maybe some pintxos on the riverside.
Bilbao City Centre
One of the best things about Bilbao is its people. Their friendliness and openness are unique and you have the opportunity to make new friends. Especially when it comes to food; everybody is in the streets, pubs, bars and restaurants and there is a lot of interaction. In general, you can spend hours eating in Bilbao.
What to eat in Bilbao
The famous pintxos (pincho is Spanish for spike) are held together with a toothpick or skewer. If you get the chance to visit Bilbao when the old town holds its traditional “Gilda” competition, do not miss out on it. At this time of the year, usually in May or June, all the bars are going crazy producing the best Gilda which is a special form of Pintxo.
When I am in Bilbao for a long stay, I try to get out of the town for a day or two. The landscape, little villages, beaches and bays are breath-taking. My favourite thing to do is to have a refreshing local Txakolí, the acid wine the Basque produce, as well as a big Chuletón. These cutlets are the best in the world.
Surfing in Bilbao
Recently, I have discovered that the region around Bilbao offers plenty of places to surf and have fun in the water. From world-class to beginner waves, the Biscay Bay has it all. This is an exhilarating experience and is also a recommendable activity for groups.
All in all, Bilbao as such already is an insider tip, simply because of its dynamics, culture, uniqueness, and people.
If you want to know more about this destination, please contact Ovation Spain DMC