With wide avenues and narrow streets, the characteristic green and grey tones, and the Ria as protagonist, Bilbao is a city where you can always find places to discover. A touristic destination of relevance in Spain that, although you can enjoy it in 2 or 3 days, it really requires extra time (or a second visit) to squeeze the most out of every corner.
Visit Bilbao in February is the ideal option and although you feel the cold weather at this time of the year, the city offers special shades which you can enjoy as never before. To disconnect for a few days at a charming Petit Palace hotel in Bilbao, the city offers unknown but delightful places well worth a visit.
If it is your first time in Bilbao surely you will want to walk along the banks of the river Ria, take photos of the bridges which join both parts of the city, climb the mountain and, of course, visit the Guggenheim… If you already know this touristic area of Bilbao perhaps you will be interested in discovering some of the lesser known places in the city.
In both cases, a visit to the unknown areas is highly recommended and perfectly combinable with a traditional visit. Although it may sound surprising, our first stop will be the Metro Station Abando Indalecio Prieto, a futuristic metro station which demonstrates the risky and cutting edge side of Bilbao. The circular style and the studied mixture of cement and metal gives us the feeling of being in a space ship.
Other charming places that do not appear in basic guide books are the city’s parks, such as Doña Casilda or the Alba Gardens. The Doña Casilda Park is special because it is the green belt area of Bilbao. Perfect for families, there are always workshops, activities and it is great just to take a stroll.
At our last stop we will find one of the local jewels of Bilbao, the Market of the Ribera which dates from the 14th century, highlighted are the beautiful coloured crystals and a large number of stalls selling fish and fruit that will delight photographers and lovers of local gastronomic produce.