48 hours in Bilbao
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Weekend In Bilbao, Flights & 4 Star Hotel, 20th April, 3 Nights, €241

One of the world’s finest art museums, some of the best Spanish cuisine and a bustling old town, spend a weekend in Bilbao and enjoy one of Spain’s best kept secrets.

With daily flights from Dublin, it has never been easier to enjoy a weekend in Bilbao. Bilbao is a great city to explore. It is so easy to navigate on foot but there are trams, buses and a metro too. The old town is full of character with Pintxo bars (Basque version of tapas) on every corner, as locals and tourists can enjoy a good glass of wine and pintxo from only €3!

For a great view of the city, take the three minute funicular to Mount Artxanda, and if you manage to get nice blue skies, you can also pop down to one of Bilbao’s many beaches, which are easily reached by metro.

Shoppers will love the Gran Via, and make sure you visit the Plaza Neuva to chill out when you are done. This old square is packed with tourists and locals enjoying the pintxos and wine al fresco.

Of course no visit to Bilbao would be complete without a trip to the famous Guggenheim museum. Even if you are not an art lover you can not help but be impressed with the stunning architecture.  You can read more about our trip to Bilbao here:

Read: 48 hours in Bilbao.

If you fancy going further a field you could rent a car ( prices from only €40) and visit the wine lands of Rioja (75 minutes away) or the Game of Thrones stunning location, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, 50 minutes away.

We visited both as we took a week long road trip of the basque country, you can read more about our visit here:

Read: Visiting Rioja

Read: A short break in San Sebastian 

I found a great deal to the highly rated 4-star Hotel Mercure Jardines de Albia. Located within walking distance to the Guggenheim and the old town, this contemporary hotel and spa is a great choice to explore Bilbao.

Enjoy a long weekend in Bilbao with Aer Lingus flights and a three-night hotel stay for only €241 per person.

View flights here €87pp

View hotel here €154pp

All prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to availability. Note some of the links in this post are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

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