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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 European Bouquet
19 April 2019 - 14 nights

Southampton | St Peter Port | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Biarritz (Saint-Jean-de-Luz) | Bilbao/Spain | La Coruna | Oporto | Lisbon | Seville | Tangier | Malaga | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£3649pp
Cruise Only£3539pp
2 Trade Winds Translantic
28 April 2019 - 15 nights

Fort Lauderdale | King's Wharf | King's Wharf | Ponta Delgada, Azores | Lisbon | Bilbao/Spain | Le Havre,(Paris) | Southampton more

Fly Cruise£7269pp
Cruise Only£4929pp
3 Iberian Peninsula
15 May 2019 - 10 nights

Southampton | Bilbao/Spain | La Coruna | Lisbon | Gibraltar | Palma De Mallorca | Civitavecchia, Rome more

Fly Cruise£5079pp
Cruise Only£4749pp
4 Vintage Europe
15 May 2019 - 14 nights

Lisbon | Gijon | Bilbao/Spain | Hendaye (Biarritz), France | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Torquay | Cherbourg | Zeebrugge/Belgium | London (Greenwich), England | London (Greenwich), England | Vlissingen (Zeeland), Netherlands | Amsterdam more

Fly Cruise£4799pp
Cruise Only£4649pp
5 Wineries & Royalty
17 May 2019 - 16 nights

Civitavecchia, Rome | Florence/Pisa (Livorno) | Monte Carlo | Provence (Toulon) | Barcelona | Cartagena, Spain | Malaga | Seville | Lisbon | Oporto | Bilbao/Spain | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Saint-Malo | Southampton more

OLife Ultimate - It's ALL included
Fly Cruise£3769pp
Cruise Only£3699pp
6 London to Barcelona
19 May 2019 - 14 nights

London (Greenwich), England | London (Greenwich), England | Honfleur/France | Saint-Malo | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bordeaux (Le Verdon) | Bilbao/Spain | Lisbon | Lisbon | Seville (Cadiz) | Malaga | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£5389pp
Cruise Only£5389pp
7 Lisbon to Southampton
25 May 2019 - 8 nights

Lisbon | Oporto | Oporto | Bilbao/Spain | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Southampton more

Fly Cruise£2599pp
Cruise Only£2389pp
8 Lisbon to London
30 May 2019 - 10 nights

Lisbon | Oporto | La Coruna | Bilbao/Spain | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Saint-Malo | Cherbourg | Paris | Southampton more

OLife Ultimate - It's ALL included
Fly Cruise£2749pp
Cruise Only£2699pp
9 Vineyards & Vistas
04 June 2019 - 15 nights

Civitavecchia, Rome | Florence/Pisa (Livorno) | Monte Carlo | Barcelona | Valencia, Spain | Seville (Cadiz) | Lisbon | Lisbon | Oporto | La Coruna | Bilbao/Spain | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Southampton more

OLife Ultimate - It's ALL included
Fly Cruise£3999pp
Cruise Only£3949pp
10 Western Europe & Vintage France
29 July 2019 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£6099pp
Cruise Only£5659pp
11 Wine & Romance Voyage
27 August 2019 - 9 nights

Southampton | St. Malo, France | Belle Ile | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bilbao/Spain | Gijon | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£2199pp
Cruise Only£2119pp
12 Iberian Peninsula
06 September 2019 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4459pp
Cruise Only£4069pp
13 Lisbon to London
17 September 2019 - 9 nights

Lisbon | Porto (Leixoes) | Bilbao/Spain | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Cherbourg | London (Greenwich), England | London (Greenwich), England more

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

Southampton | St. Malo, France | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Biarritz (Saint-Jean-de-Luz) | Bilbao/Spain | La Coruna (Santiago De Compostela) | Oporto | Lisbon | Seville (Cadiz) | Gibraltar | Almeria | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona more

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£7629pp
Cruise Only£7449pp
15 Inaugural Spain & Portugal
05 April 2020 - 8 nights

Southampton | Bilbao/Spain | Lisbon | Leixoes (Porto)Portugal | Le Havre,(Paris) | Southampton

Cruise OnlyCall
16 Spain & Portugal Transatlantic
17 April 2020 - 14 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Lisbon | Bilbao/Spain | Le Havre,(Paris) | Southampton

Fly Cruise£4799pp
Cruise Only£3559pp
17 Barcelona to London(Tower Bridge)
30 April 2020 - 13 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4269pp
Cruise Only£4269pp
18 Inaugural Spain & Portugal

Southampton | Bilbao/Spain | Bilbao/Spain | Vigo | La Coruna | Le Havre,(Paris) | Southampton more

Cruise OnlyCall
19 Lisbon to London
07 May 2020 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5669pp
Cruise Only£5669pp
20 Uk, Spain, Portugal & France
10 May 2020 - 10 nights

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

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise OnlyCall
21 London to London
18 May 2020 - 12 nights

Southampton | Honfleur/France | St Peter Port | Brest | LA ROCHELLE, FRANCE | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bilbao/Spain | Gijon | La Coruna (Santiago De Compostela) | St. Malo, France | Southampton more

Cruise Only£7339pp
23 Wine & Romance
26 May 2020 - 13 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3599pp
Cruise Only£3249pp
24 London to Lisbon
17 July 2020 - 10 nights

London (Greenwich), England | Honfleur/France | Honfleur/France | Saint-Malo | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bilbao/Spain | Lisbon | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£3469pp
Cruise Only£3469pp
25 Circling The Biscay
07 August 2020 - 10 nights

Southampton | Paris | St. Malo, France | Brest | La Rochelle | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bilbao/Spain | La Coruna | Southampton more

Exclusive to six star cruises
Cruise Only£2589pp
26 Wine & Romance
02 September 2020 - 9 nights

Southampton | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | St. Jean De Luz | Bilbao/Spain | Gijon | La Coruna | Leixoes (Porto)Portugal | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£3029pp
Cruise Only£2719pp
27 London to Lisbon
14 September 2020 - 11 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3739pp
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