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 Inaugural Spain & Portugal
05 April 2020 - 8 nights

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

Cruise Only£2699pp
2 Spain & Portugal Transatlantic
17 April 2020 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3989pp
Cruise Only£3489pp
3 Barcelona to London(Tower Bridge)
30 April 2020 - 13 nights

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

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

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

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

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

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£6979pp
6 Uk, Spain, Portugal & France
10 May 2020 - 10 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3899pp
Cruise Only£3849pp
7 Wine & Romance Voyage
14 May 2020 - 10 nights

Lisbon | Leixoes | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | St Peter Port, Guernsey | Plymouth | Southampton more

Fly Cruise£2119pp
Cruise Only£1899pp
8 London to London
18 May 2020 - 12 nights

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

Cruise Only£7679pp
9 Vintage Europe
23 May 2020 - 14 nights

Lisbon | Gijon | Bilbao | Hendaye (Biarritz), France | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Torquay | Cherbourg | Bruges (Zeebrugge) | London (Greenwich), England | London (Greenwich), England | Rotterdam | Amsterdam more

Fly Cruise£7149pp
Cruise Only£6779pp
10 European Quest - London to London
25 May 2020 - 10 nights

Southampton | Paris (Le Havre) | Saint-Malo | Brest | La Rochelle | Bordeaux (Le Verdon) | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Biarritz (Saint-Jean-de-Luz) | Bilbao | Southampton more

Cruise Only£3429pp
11 Wine & Romance
26 May 2020 - 13 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Gibraltar | Portimao | Lisbon | Lisbon | Leixoes | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | St Peter Port, Guernsey | Southampton more

Fly Cruise£2549pp
Cruise Only£2319pp
12 London (Greenwich) to Lisbon
18 July 2020 - 9 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3299pp
Cruise Only£3299pp
13 Wine & Romance
02 September 2020 - 9 nights

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

Fly Cruise£2459pp
Cruise Only£2159pp
14 Rivers Of Western Europe
10 September 2020 - 15 nights

Southampton | St Peter Port, Guernsey | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bilbao | Leixoes | Lisbon | Lisbon | Seville | Seville | Gibraltar | Barcelona, Spain more

Fly Cruise£3829pp
Cruise Only£3589pp
15 London to Lisbon
14 September 2020 - 11 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3839pp
Cruise Only£3839pp
16 LONDON (SOUTHAMPTON) TO BARCELONA
21 September 2020 - 14 nights

Southampton | Saint-Malo | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Biarritz (Saint-Jean-de-Luz) | Bilbao | Santiago De Compostela (Vigo) | Oporto | Lisbon | Seville (Cadiz) | Gibraltar | Almeria | Valencia | Barcelona, Spain more

Fly Cruise£8199pp
Cruise Only£7979pp
17 Epicurean Connoisseur - Dublin to Barcelona
08 October 2020 - 10 nights

Dublin, Ireland | Bordeaux (Le Verdon) | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bilbao | La Coruna | Oporto | Lisbon | Seville | Barcelona, Spain more

Fly Cruise£2839pp
Cruise Only£2399pp
18 Spain & Portugal Cruise
09 October 2020 - 10 nights

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

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

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

Fly Cruise£3859pp
Cruise Only£3659pp
20 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, Mexico | Los Angeles, California | Nawiliwili | Honolulu, Oahu | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Papeete | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Suva | Bay Of Islands | Auckland | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane | Whitsunday Island | Cairns | Cairns | Thursday Island | Darwin | Komodo Island | Bali | Bali (Celukan Bawang), Indonesia | Kota Kinabalu | Manila | Kaohsiung | Keelung | Ishigaki (Sakishima Islands) | Okinawa | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Hue/Danang (Chan May) | Ho Chi Minh City | Ho Chi Minh City | Sihanoukville | Bangkok | Bangkok | Ko Samui | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) | Penang | Phuket | Rangoon | Rangoon | Rangoon | Kochi (Cochin) | Mangalore | Mormugao, Goa | Mumbai (Bombay) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Dubai | Dubai | Fujairah | Muscat | Salalah | Aqaba | Luxor (Safaga) | Luxor (Safaga) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Alanya | Rhodes | Santorini | Ephesus | Mitilini (Lesbos) | Istanbul | Istanbul | Istanbul | Kavala | Mykonos | Athens (Piraeus) | Dubrovnik | Venice | Venice | Taormina (Sicily) | Sorrento/Capri, Italy | Rome (tours From Civitavecchia) | Florence/Pisa (Livorno) | Saint-Tropez, France | Barcelona, Spain | Alicante | Almeria | Gibraltar | Seville | Seville | Lisbon | Lisbon | Oporto | La Coruna | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Saint-Malo | Southampton | Dublin, Ireland | Belfast | Lerwick, Scotland | Torshavn | Akureyri | Isafjordur | Reykjavik | Nuuk | Paamiut (Frederikshab) | Qaqortoq | Gulf Of St. Lawrence | Sydney, Canada | Halifax | Bar Harbor | Boston | New York, United States more

Fly Cruise£46729pp
Cruise Only£45059pp
21 Odyssey of the Stars
25 January 2021 - 164 nights

Los Angeles, California | Nawiliwili | Honolulu, Oahu | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Papeete | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Suva | Bay Of Islands | Auckland | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane | Whitsunday Island | Cairns | Cairns | Thursday Island | Darwin | Komodo Island | Bali | Bali (Celukan Bawang), Indonesia | Kota Kinabalu | Manila | Kaohsiung | Keelung | Ishigaki (Sakishima Islands) | Okinawa | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Hue/Danang (Chan May) | Ho Chi Minh City | Ho Chi Minh City | Sihanoukville | Bangkok | Bangkok | Ko Samui | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) | Penang | Phuket | Rangoon | Rangoon | Rangoon | Kochi (Cochin) | Mangalore | Mormugao, Goa | Mumbai (Bombay) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Dubai | Dubai | Fujairah | Muscat | Salalah | Aqaba | Luxor (Safaga) | Luxor (Safaga) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Alanya | Rhodes | Santorini | Ephesus | Mitilini (Lesbos) | Istanbul | Istanbul | Istanbul | Kavala | Mykonos | Athens (Piraeus) | Dubrovnik | Venice | Venice | Taormina (Sicily) | Sorrento/Capri, Italy | Rome (tours From Civitavecchia) | Florence/Pisa (Livorno) | Saint-Tropez, France | Barcelona, Spain | Alicante | Almeria | Gibraltar | Seville | Seville | Lisbon | Lisbon | Oporto | La Coruna | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Saint-Malo | Southampton | Dublin, Ireland | Belfast | Lerwick, Scotland | Torshavn | Akureyri | Isafjordur | Reykjavik | Nuuk | Paamiut (Frederikshab) | Qaqortoq | Gulf Of St. Lawrence | Sydney, Canada | Halifax | Bar Harbor | Boston | New York, United States more

Fly Cruise£38199pp
Cruise Only£35649pp
22 London to London
10 May 2021 - 10 nights

Southampton | Paris/Normandy (Le Havre) | St. Peter Port (Guernsey) | Lorient | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bilbao | Gijon | Saint-Malo | Southampton more

Cruise Only£6699pp
23 Wonders to Wineries - Venice to London
12 May 2021 - 22 nights

Venice | Split | Kotor | Syracuse (Sicily), Italy | Sorrento/Capri, Italy | Rome (tours From Civitavecchia) | Florence/Pisa (Livorno) | Monte Carlo | Provence (Marseille), France | Palamos | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona, Spain | Seville | Lisbon | Oporto | La Coruna | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bordeaux (Le Verdon) | Cruising The Bay Of Biscay & English Channel | Southampton more

Fly Cruise£4679pp
Cruise Only£4359pp
24 Western Europe Quest - London to London
12 May 2021 - 10 nights

Southampton | Paris (Le Havre) | Saint-Malo | Brest | La Rochelle | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | San Sebastian, La Gomera | Bilbao | Cruising The Bay Of Biscay & English Channel | Southampton more

Cruise Only£2349pp
25 Ramblas to Royalty - Barcelona to London
02 June 2021 - 15 nights

Barcelona, Spain | 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
26 Wine & Culture Voyage
13 June 2021 - 11 nights

Lisbon | Leixoes | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Nantes | Nantes | St Peter Port, Guernsey | Southampton more

Fly Cruise£3559pp
Cruise Only£2899pp
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