An Old Town with personality and a reputation. This is what the Las Siete Calles (The Seven Streets), the historic centre of Bilbao, the oldest neighbourhood in the city. Seven streets that have more than 700 years of life and history, and whose names are Somer, Artecalle, Tenderia, Belosticalle, Carnicería Vieja, Barrencalle and Barrencalle Barrena.
To visit them, walk them, feel their essence and be a part of its history is much more than the perfect plan. Certainly, it is the perfect visit to discover everything beyond the Ria de Bilbao. If you’re planning a romantic trip to the city of Bacalao al Pil Pil (Pil Pil Cod) and have chosen one of Petit Palace’s hotels in Bilbao, you will enjoy the best views and location of the city.
The old quarter of Bilbao, or better known as the Seven Streets, is located within the district of Ibaiondo (district number 5 of the capital and one of the most beautiful and emblematic). Besides its undeniable historical value, its importance is that is that it the place of outstanding monuments like the Cathedral of Santiago, the beautiful church of St. Anton, St. Nicholas and St. Johns, as well as the Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Museum of the Basque Country or the Municipal Library of Bidebarrieta.
Refurbished in the early 80’s after being affected by a terrible flood that inundated the majority of its streets (It is also the greatest catastrophe registered in the city), the Casco Viejo de Bilbao looks more beautiful than ever with its new pedestrian access, with a lively local trade market while maintaining its historical look. Seven authentic and typical streets, with a very wide range of bars and restaurants to taste the local gastronomy.
And, while no one doubts the importance that has the most monumental area of Las Siete Calles, the fact is that thousands of visitors choose to spend some extra time in the Plaza Nueva (the New Square), an important place of great architectural beauty where there are many leisure activities for the locals, such as the Sunday market or the popular fair of Saint Tomas.