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Basilica of Begona, Bilbao

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The nickname of Basilica of Begona is "La Salve," or "salute," because the steeple was the first thing sailors on the Nervión River saw when returning from sea. The basilica is open to the public until early evening, with the exception of the siesta hours in the late afternoon. This holy place is particularly festive during the major religious festivals on the 15th of August and the 11th of October, when locals and visitors make pilgrimages and attend midnight mass. Plan to see Basilica of Begona and other attractions that appeal to you using our Bilbao family vacation planner.
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  • A beautiful Basilica that houses some very fine art work. Quite and calming are words that could discribe your time here.  more »
  • Uphill from the old center, quite a climb, but worth both for the basilica itself and the nice vews over the city.  more »
  • I lived in the hostel very close to Basilica of Begona, so this is my first church in Bilbao. Stunning!  more »

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Thanks to the Bilbao's safe and newly renovated metro system, all neighborhoods are any easy commute regardless of the city's characteristic rainy weather. The Casco Antiguo, or old quarter, is undoubtedly the heart of the city's and best place for trying the famous "pintxos" or small appetizers. Small boutique hotels and family-owned pensions provide affordable and convenient accommodation for those wishing to get to know this picturesque district. If you prefer a more tranquil experience away from the lively bar culture characteristic of the old quarter you might wish to stay in one of the many hotels that line the beautiful Nervión River leading down from the historical district to the Guggenheim museum.
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