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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  • The Casco Viejo has many little shops in its narrow streets and it is interesting to walk there because many small shops will surprise you with their goods.  more »
  • This is the 2nd time I've visited Bilbao for the festival and this year staying in the old town in an airbnb flat we have had the best time ever. The old town is buzzing throughout the day and night a...  more »
  • We were in the neighborhood of San mames, but in 5 min by tram we were here. Deserves a nice visit xké here are concentrated all major attractions ... We stumbled from 18 to 20 August during their most important Festival and it was magnificent
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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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