Casco Viejo, Bilbao

Casco Viejo was once a walled city. Its colorful storefronts and lively nightlife make it a hotspot for locals and visitors alike. One local tradition you may see is a pub crawl in which Spaniards drink small glasses of wine called chiquitos and sing choral songs up and down the narrow streets. Three public elevators transport you to the top of the neighborhood, avoiding a challenging hike. To reach the area, take the Bilbao metro and exit the train at Casco Viejo station. Don’t neglect the tiny cantons, or alleys, that connect the streets, as they offer shortcuts and charm.  Plan your Casco Viejo visit and explore what else you can see and do in Bilbao using our Bilbao visit planner.
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  • Essence of history in a large chunk of the capital of Bizkaia, area where you enjoy the typical retail stores and especially the taste of its pintxos bars and tasty tasting menus.
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  • This sad old town. Cleaner and more livable than years ago but somewhat sad. Tourists buscabdo something they didn't just find. Do you agree with, Pinchos...
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  • The old town is a picturesque area, very well maintained and maintained where you will find many of the local taverns. It's lovely to get lost in its streets, despite having gone out of season and in bad weather. We found a lot of closed stores
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