Bilbao, Spain Luxury Cruises

Only in relatively recent years has Bilbao become a popular cruise destination. Now, new major attractions and the city’s fascinating history make this Spanish destination a favourite for many. Narrow streets are lined with independent shops, tapas bars and beautiful buildings in the Old Quarter, whilst the more modern parts of the city include contemporary museums and leisure facilities.

Your cruise ship will dock in Santurtzi or Getxo, both of which are six miles from the centre of Bilbao. You can choose to walk to the major attractions, or take a shuttle bus from the port to some of the more popular parts of the city.

Sightseeing in Bilbao

Bilbao’s Old Quarter is the first place most choose to see on their shore excursions. It’s known as Casco Viejo, and has rows of tall and narrow colourful houses with balconies. Tree-lined streets are free from cars, and the ground floors of most residences have been converted to cafes and restaurants. There are lovely parks, museums and churches throughout the Old Quarter, and in late August the city comes alive with a nine-day fiesta with music, street performance, firework displays and a range of events. Whenever you visit, you’ll have all of Bilbao’s best attractions to enjoy:

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

The city’s Guggenheim Museum is the attraction that it’s best known for, with contemporary art on display. The building’s easy to identify; an unusual shape covered in shimmering metal. Inside the museum you can enjoy views of the river and see collections of photographs, paintings and sculptures from well-known names including Picasso, Pollock and Miro. The museum also displays art from relatively unknown contemporary artists.

Alhondiga

The Alhondiga building is a modern complex where you’ll find bars and restaurants, a library and a cinema. Perhaps the most interesting feature is the roof-top swimming pool, which has a glass floor. It’s worth paying a visit if you’d like to enjoy good food and the latest movie, as a break from museums and art galleries.

Artxanda Funicular Railway

A short ride on this funicular railway takes you from Bilbao’s downtown area up to the top of the Mount Artxanda. From there, you’ll enjoy panoramic city views and can visit attractions including restaurants, a park and sporting facilities.

Shopping in Bilbao

As you walk through Bilbao, you’ll find plenty of independent shops and will end up laden with stylish souvenirs. Leather accessories, shoes, clothes and bags are sold in various colours from market stalls and independent shops, whilst pieces of art are another popular purchase in this city full of galleries. The city’s markets are some of the largest in the country, with the Mercado de la Ribera being one of the biggest covered markets in Europe. Here, you’ll find fresh foods as well as souvenirs, gifts and holiday essentials. Alternatively, take a walk to Plaza Nueva where a flea market is the perfect place to buy collectables and antiques including Spanish coins, stamps, books and decorative items.

Eating out in Bilbao

You’ll be hard-pressed to find better seafood than the fish, squid and mussel dishes served in Bilbao. Various restaurants prepare their dishes in a selection of sauces, with anchovy sauce being particularly popular and with squid often cooked in its own ink. Meat dishes include cured ham, and cow’s tail, whilst Spanish staples like paella feature heavily on most menus.

If you’re keen to enjoy as much time as possible at the city’s biggest attractions, then you can stay on site and enjoy the restaurant at the Guggenheim Museum. It’s a lovely bistro with views of the river, where favourite dishes include a seafood soup that’s prepared using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

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1 Wine & Romance Voyage
27 August 2019 - 9 nights

London (Southampton) | St. Malo, France | Belle Ile | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bilbao | Gijon | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£1849pp
Cruise Only£1689pp
2 Western Europe & Vintage France
29 July 2019 - 14 nights

Amsterdam | Amsterdam | Zeebrugge, Belgium | Honfleur | Honfleur | Guernsey (St. Peter Port) | Bordeaux | Le Verdon, France | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Le Verdon, France | St. Jean De Luz | Bilbao | Lisbon | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£5949pp
Cruise Only£5599pp
3 Iberian Peninsula
06 September 2019 - 12 nights

Amsterdam | Zeebrugge, Belgium | Paris/Normandy (Le Havre) | Bilbao | Bilbao | Lisbon | Cadiz, Spain | Gibraltar | Cartagena, Colombia | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£3779pp
Cruise Only£3559pp
4 Chauteaux to Vineyards
23 September 2019 - 14 nights

London (Southampton) | St. Malo, France | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Biarritz | Bilbao | Santiago De Compostela (Vigo) | Oporto | Lisbon | Cadiz, Spain | Gibraltar | Almeria | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£7789pp
Cruise Only£7599pp
5 Inaugural Spain & Portugal
05 April 2020 - 8 nights

London (Southampton) | Bilbao | Lisbon | Porto | Paris/Normandy (Le Havre) | London (Southampton)

Cruise Only£4199pp
6 Spain & Portugal Transatlantic
17 April 2020 - 14 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Lisbon | Bilbao | Paris/Normandy (Le Havre) | London (Southampton)

Fly Cruise£4159pp
Cruise Only£3629pp
7 Barcelona to London(Tower Bridge)
30 April 2020 - 13 nights

Barcelona | Malaga | Cadiz, Spain | Lisbon | Lisbon | Leixoes (Porto), Portugal | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Saint-Malo | London (Tower Bridge), UK | London (Tower Bridge), UK more

Fly Cruise£4319pp
Cruise Only£4319pp
8 Inaugural Spain & Portugal

London (Southampton) | Bilbao | Bilbao | Vigo | La Coruna | Paris/Normandy (Le Havre) | London (Southampton) more

Cruise Only£2799pp
9 Lisbon to London
07 May 2020 - 12 nights

Lisbon | Leixoes (Porto), Portugal | La Coruna | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Belle Ile | Nantes | Saint-Malo | Honfleur | London (Tower Bridge), UK more

Fly Cruise£5819pp
Cruise Only£5819pp
10 Uk, Spain, Portugal & France
10 May 2020 - 10 nights

London (Southampton) | Paris/Normandy (Le Havre) | Bilbao | La Coruna | Lisbon | Gibraltar | Cartegena, Spain | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£4989pp
Cruise Only£4929pp
11 London to London
18 May 2020 - 12 nights

London (Southampton) | Honfleur | St Peter Port, Guernsey | Brest, France | LA ROCHELLE, FRANCE | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bilbao | Gijon | Santiago De Compostela (Vigo) | St. Malo, France | London (Southampton) more

Cruise Only£7589pp
12 European Quest - London to London
25 May 2020 - 10 nights

London (Southampton) | Paris (Honfleur) | St. Malo, France | Brest, France | La Rochelle | Bordeaux | Le Verdon, France | Bordeaux | Biarritz | Bilbao | London (Southampton) more

Cruise Only£3339pp
13 Wine & Romance
26 May 2020 - 13 nights

Barcelona | Gibraltar | Portimao, Portugal | Lisbon | Lisbon | Leixoes (Porto), Portugal | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | St Peter Port | London (Southampton) more

Fly Cruise£2689pp
Cruise Only£2369pp
14 London (Greenwich) to Lisbon
18 July 2020 - 9 nights

London (Greenwich), England | Saint-Malo | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bilbao | La Coruna | Leixoes (Porto), Portugal | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£2899pp
Cruise Only£2899pp
15 Circling The Biscay
07 August 2020 - 10 nights

London (Southampton) | Paris (Honfleur) | St. Malo, France | Brest, France | La Rochelle | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bilbao | La Coruna | Cruising The Bay Of Biscay & English Channel | London (Southampton) more

Cruise Only£2589pp
16 Wine & Romance
02 September 2020 - 9 nights

London (Southampton) | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | St. Jean De Luz | Bilbao | Gijon | La Coruna | Porto | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£2489pp
Cruise Only£2189pp
17 Rivers Of Western Europe
10 September 2020 - 15 nights

London (Southampton) | St Peter Port | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bilbao | Leixoes (Porto), Portugal | Lisbon | Lisbon | Seville | Seville | Gibraltar | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£3879pp
Cruise Only£3639pp
18 London to Lisbon
14 September 2020 - 11 nights

London (Greenwich), England | Honfleur | Honfleur | Saint-Malo | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bilbao | La Coruna | Leixoes (Porto), Portugal | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£3879pp
Cruise Only£3879pp
19 LONDON (SOUTHAMPTON) TO BARCELONA
21 September 2020 - 14 nights

London (Southampton) | St. Malo, France | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Biarritz | Bilbao | Santiago De Compostela (Vigo) | Oporto | Lisbon | Cadiz, Spain | Gibraltar | Almeria | Valencia, Spain | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£8389pp
Cruise Only£7899pp
20 Spain & Portugal Cruise
09 October 2020 - 10 nights

London (Southampton) | Bilbao | Vigo | Lisbon | Lisbon | La Coruna | London (Southampton) more

Cruise Only£3759pp
21 Uk, Spain & Portugal Cruise
30 October 2020 - 9 nights

London (Southampton) | Bilbao | La Coruna | Lisbon | Gibraltar | Cartegena, Spain | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£3859pp
Cruise Only£3659pp
22 Around the World in 180 Days
09 January 2021 - 180 nights

Miami | Key West | Cartagena, Colombia | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | Corinto | Puerto Quetzal | Acapulco | Cabo San Lucas | Ensenada | Los Angeles | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | Honololu, Hawaii | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Papeete | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Pago Pago, American Samoa | Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji Islands | Bay Of Islands, New Zealand | Auckland, New Zealand | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane, Australia | Whitsunday Island | Cairns, Australia | Cairns, Australia | Thursday Island | Darwin, Australia | Komodo Island, Indonesia | Bali (Benoa) | Bali (Celukan Bawang), Indonesia | Kota Kinabalu | Manila, Philippines | Kaohsiung | Taipei (Keelung) | Ishigaki Island, Japan | Okinawa, Japan | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Hue/Danang (Chan May) | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Sihanoukville, Cambodia | Bangkok | Bangkok | Ko Samui | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) | Penang | Phuket | Rangoon | Rangoon | Rangoon | Cochin | Mangalore | Goa (Mormugao) | Mumbai, India | Mumbai, India | Dubai | Dubai | Fujairah | Muscat | Salalah | Aqaba | Luxor (Safaga) | Luxor (Safaga) | Jerusalem | Jerusalem | Alanya | Rhodes | Santorini | Ephesus (Kusadasi) | Mitilini (Lesbos) | Istanbul | Istanbul | Istanbul | Kavala | Mykonos | Athens (Piraeus) | Dubrovnik | Venice | Venice | Taormina (Sicily) | Sorrento/Capri, Italy | Civitavecchia | Livorno | Saint-Tropez, France | Barcelona | Alicante | Almeria | Gibraltar | Seville | Seville | Lisbon | Lisbon | Oporto | La Coruna | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | St. Malo, France | London (Southampton) | Dublin | Belfast | Lerwick (Shetland Islands) | Torshavn | Akureyri, Iceland | Isafjordur | Reykjavik | Nuuk | Paamiut (Frederikshab) | Qaqortoq | Gulf Of St. Lawrence | Sydney, Canada | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Bar Harbor | Boston | New York, New York more

Fly Cruise£37329pp
Cruise Only£35659pp
23 Odyssey of the Stars
25 January 2021 - 164 nights

Los Angeles | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | Honololu, Hawaii | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Papeete | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Pago Pago, American Samoa | Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji Islands | Bay Of Islands, New Zealand | Auckland, New Zealand | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane, Australia | Whitsunday Island | Cairns, Australia | Cairns, Australia | Thursday Island | Darwin, Australia | Komodo Island, Indonesia | Bali (Benoa) | Bali (Celukan Bawang), Indonesia | Kota Kinabalu | Manila, Philippines | Kaohsiung | Taipei (Keelung) | Ishigaki Island, Japan | Okinawa, Japan | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Hue/Danang (Chan May) | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Sihanoukville, Cambodia | Bangkok | Bangkok | Ko Samui | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) | Penang | Phuket | Rangoon | Rangoon | Rangoon | Cochin | Mangalore | Goa (Mormugao) | Mumbai, India | Mumbai, India | Dubai | Dubai | Fujairah | Muscat | Salalah | Aqaba | Luxor (Safaga) | Luxor (Safaga) | Jerusalem | Jerusalem | Alanya | Rhodes | Santorini | Ephesus (Kusadasi) | Mitilini (Lesbos) | Istanbul | Istanbul | Istanbul | Kavala | Mykonos | Athens (Piraeus) | Dubrovnik | Venice | Venice | Taormina (Sicily) | Sorrento/Capri, Italy | Civitavecchia | Livorno | Saint-Tropez, France | Barcelona | Alicante | Almeria | Gibraltar | Seville | Seville | Lisbon | Lisbon | Oporto | La Coruna | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | St. Malo, France | London (Southampton) | Dublin | Belfast | Lerwick (Shetland Islands) | Torshavn | Akureyri, Iceland | Isafjordur | Reykjavik | Nuuk | Paamiut (Frederikshab) | Qaqortoq | Gulf Of St. Lawrence | Sydney, Canada | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Bar Harbor | Boston | New York, New York more

Fly Cruise£37079pp
Cruise Only£34529pp
24 Ramblas to Royalty - Barcelona to London
02 June 2021 - 15 nights

Barcelona | Alicante | Almeria | Gibraltar | Seville | Seville | Lisbon | Lisbon | Oporto | La Coruna | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Cruising The Bay Of Biscay & English Channel | Saint-Malo | London more

Fly Cruise£4189pp
Cruise Only£3999pp
25 Wine & Culture Voyage
13 June 2021 - 11 nights

Lisbon | Leixoes (Porto), Portugal | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Nantes | Nantes | St Peter Port | London (Southampton) more

Fly Cruise£3589pp
Cruise Only£2939pp
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