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Bilbao is the largest city of the Basque Country. It sits on the banks of the Nervion River. To say it sits prettily would be bending the truth, as this industrial port city has a skyline crammed with hefty stone buildings that look like they need a good scrub. Adorning this rather squat face, however, is one of the world’s most remarkable buildings: the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The titanium curves and points of Frank Gehry’s art museum provided the catalyst for something of a makeover for the city in the late 1990s – the world even got a new expression out of it, the “Bilbao effect” – and a clutch of giant sculptures now surround it.
There’s much to see and do in Bilbao, even if you aren’t interested in modern art. And with plenty of cheap, direct flights to Bilbao from the UK (with an average flight time of just two hours), your next short break could be just a few clicks away.
There are many low-cost flights to Bilbao from London every week, plus departures from UK airports such as Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow.
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British Airways has long operated flights to the Spanish city from London Heathrow. Now, BA partner Vueling flies from Heathrow too, as well as Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester and Gatwick (although many services only run during the summer season).
Norwegian also has direct flights from Gatwick, and easyJet operates from Manchester and Stansted.
Alternatively, connect to Bilbao from a range of UK airports via Paris with Air France, Amsterdam with KLM and Frankfurt with Lufthansa.
Connecting flights take four to five hours rather than two.
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Don’t waste a moment after touching down at Bilbao Airport (BIO), which is located a few kilometres north of the city centre.
The Bizkaibus Line A3247 connects city and airport. Buses leave every 30 minutes and a one-way ticket costs less than two euros.
If you prefer the door-to-door convenience of a taxi, meanwhile, the fare from the airport is around 21 to 26 euros.
The other option is to pre-book a hire car and collect it upon arrival at the airport to save the need for a taxi or bus. While you might not need a car for city sightseeing, it will come in very handy if you want to see the Atlantic coast of Spain, or nearby destinations such as San Sebastian and Guernica.
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From grand hotels with classic exteriors to design hotels that fuse fashion and functionality, the hotel scene in Bilbao perfectly reflects the city itself.
Stay centrally and you can happily amble from attraction to restaurant to bar before flopping on your hotel bed. But remember: Bilbao can be an expensive place to visit, so book hotels as far in advance as you can to snap up the best rates.
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