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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 Iberian Peninsula
15 May 2019 - 10 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3489pp
Cruise Only£3359pp
2 Vintage Europe
15 May 2019 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4069pp
Cruise Only£4069pp
3 Wineries & Royalty
17 May 2019 - 16 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3799pp
Cruise Only£3699pp
4 London to Barcelona
19 May 2019 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5199pp
Cruise OnlyCall
5 Lisbon to Southampton
25 May 2019 - 8 nights

Lisbon | Oporto | Oporto | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Southampton more

Fly Cruise£2599pp
Cruise Only£2389pp
6 Vineyards & Vistas
04 June 2019 - 15 nights

Civitavecchia | Livorno | Monte Carlo | Barcelona | Valencia | Cadiz, Spain | Lisbon | Lisbon | Oporto | La Coruna, Spain | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Southampton more

Fly Cruise£3999pp
Cruise Only£3939pp
7 Western Europe & Vintage France
29 July 2019 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5949pp
Cruise Only£5599pp
8 Wine & Romance Voyage
27 August 2019 - 9 nights

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

Fly Cruise£1419pp
Cruise Only£1259pp
9 Iberian Peninsula
06 September 2019 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4389pp
Cruise Only£4159pp
10 Lisbon to London
17 September 2019 - 9 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3919pp
Cruise Only£3919pp
11 Chauteaux to Vineyards
23 September 2019 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£7629pp
Cruise Only£7449pp
12 Inaugural Spain & Portugal
05 April 2020 - 8 nights

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

Cruise Only£4189pp
13 Spain & Portugal Transatlantic
17 April 2020 - 14 nights

Ft. Lauderdale | Lisbon | Bilbao | Paris/Normandy (Le Havre) | Southampton

Fly Cruise£5449pp
Cruise Only£4119pp
14 Barcelona to London(Tower Bridge)
30 April 2020 - 13 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4359pp
Cruise Only£4359pp
15 Inaugural Spain & Portugal

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

Cruise Only£3569pp
16 Lisbon to London
07 May 2020 - 12 nights

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

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

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

Fly Cruise£5399pp
Cruise Only£5169pp
18 London to London
18 May 2020 - 12 nights

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

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

Barcelona | Gibraltar | Portimao, Portugal | Lisbon | Lisbon | Porto | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | St Peter Port, Guernsey | Southampton more

Fly Cruise£3529pp
Cruise Only£3269pp
21 Lisbon to Copenhagen
25 June 2020 - 22 nights

Lisbon | Porto (Leixoes) | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Saint-Malo | London (Greenwich) | London (Greenwich) | Edinburgh | Edinburgh | Aberdeen | Lerwick, Shetlands | Flaam | Gudvangen | Nordfjordeid | Bergen | Oslo, Norway | Helsingor | Copenhagen | Copenhagen more

Fly Cruise£3379pp
Cruise Only£3379pp
22 London (Greenwich) to Lisbon
18 July 2020 - 9 nights

London (Greenwich), England | Saint-Malo | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bilbao | Lisbon | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£2939pp
Cruise Only£2939pp
23 Circling The Biscay
07 August 2020 - 10 nights

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

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

Southampton | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | St. Jean De Luz | Bilbao | Gijon | La Coruna, Spain | Porto | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£2969pp
Cruise Only£2659pp
25 London to Lisbon
14 September 2020 - 11 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3919pp
Cruise Only£3919pp
26 LONDON (SOUTHAMPTON) TO BARCELONA
21 September 2020 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£8199pp
Cruise Only£7739pp
27 Spain & Portugal Cruise
09 October 2020 - 10 nights

Southampton | Bilbao | Vigo | Lisbon | Lisbon | La Coruna, Spain | Southampton more

Cruise Only£4319pp
28 Around the World in 180 Days
09 January 2021 - 180 nights

Miami | Havana, Cuba | Cartagena, Colombia | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | Corinto | Puerto Quetzal | Acapulco | Cabo San Lucas | Ensenada, Mexico | Los Angeles, California | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | Honolulu | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Tahiti (Papeete) | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Suva | Bay Of Islands | Auckland | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane | Whitsunday Island | Cairns | Cairns | Thursday Island | Darwin | Komodo | Bali (Benoa) | Bali (Celukan Bawang), Indonesia | Kota Kinabalu | Manila | Kaohsiung | Taipei (Keelung) | Ishigaki, Japan | Okinawa (Naha) | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Hue | Saigon (Ho Chi Min City) | Saigon (Ho Chi Min City) | Sihanoukville | Bangkok | Bangkok | Ko Samui | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) | Penang | Phuket | Rangoon | Rangoon | Rangoon | Cochin | Mangalore | Goa (Mormugao) | Mumbai | Mumbai | Dubai | Dubai | Fujairah | Muscat | Salalah | Aqaba | Safaga | Safaga | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Alanya | Rhodes | Santorini | Kusadasi, Turkey | Mitilini (Lesbos) | Istanbul | Istanbul | Istanbul | Kavala | Mykonos | Piraeus | Dubrovnik | Venice | Venice | Taormina | Sorrento | Civitavecchia | Livorno | Saint-Tropez, France | Barcelona | Alicante | Almeria | Gibraltar | Seville (Cadiz) | Seville (Cadiz) | Lisbon | Lisbon | Oporto | La Coruna, Spain | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | St. Malo, France | Southampton | Dublin | Belfast | Lerwick, Shetlands | Torshavn | Akureyri | Isafjordur | Reykjavik, Iceland | Nuuk | Paamiut (Frederikshab) | Qaqortoq | Gulf Of St. Lawrence | Sydney, Australia | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | Bar Harbor | Boston | New York more

Fly Cruise£34339pp
Cruise Only£32689pp
29 Odyssey of the Stars
25 January 2021 - 164 nights

Los Angeles, California | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | Honolulu | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Tahiti (Papeete) | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Suva | Bay Of Islands | Auckland | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane | Whitsunday Island | Cairns | Cairns | Thursday Island | Darwin | Komodo | Bali (Benoa) | Bali (Celukan Bawang), Indonesia | Kota Kinabalu | Manila | Kaohsiung | Taipei (Keelung) | Ishigaki, Japan | Okinawa (Naha) | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Hue | Saigon (Ho Chi Min City) | Saigon (Ho Chi Min City) | Sihanoukville | Bangkok | Bangkok | Ko Samui | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) | Penang | Phuket | Rangoon | Rangoon | Rangoon | Cochin | Mangalore | Goa (Mormugao) | Mumbai | Mumbai | Dubai | Dubai | Fujairah | Muscat | Salalah | Aqaba | Safaga | Safaga | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Alanya | Rhodes | Santorini | Kusadasi, Turkey | Mitilini (Lesbos) | Istanbul | Istanbul | Istanbul | Kavala | Mykonos | Piraeus | Dubrovnik | Venice | Venice | Taormina | Sorrento | Civitavecchia | Livorno | Saint-Tropez, France | Barcelona | Alicante | Almeria | Gibraltar | Seville (Cadiz) | Seville (Cadiz) | Lisbon | Lisbon | Oporto | La Coruna, Spain | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | St. Malo, France | Southampton | Dublin | Belfast | Lerwick, Shetlands | Torshavn | Akureyri | Isafjordur | Reykjavik, Iceland | Nuuk | Paamiut (Frederikshab) | Qaqortoq | Gulf Of St. Lawrence | Sydney, Canada | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | Bar Harbor | Boston | New York more

Fly Cruise£34089pp
Cruise Only£31569pp
30 Waves to Wineries
26 April 2021 - 16 nights

Miami | St Georges, Bermuda | Horta | La Coruna, Spain | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | London more

Fly Cruise£2839pp
Cruise Only£2299pp
31 Ramblas to Royalty - Barcelona to London
02 June 2021 - 15 nights

Barcelona | Alicante | Almeria | Gibraltar | Seville (Cadiz) | Seville (Cadiz) | Lisbon | Lisbon | Oporto | La Coruna, Spain | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Saint-Malo | London more

Fly Cruise£4189pp
Cruise Only£3999pp
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