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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  • Essential if you're going to Bilbao, especially the part where not is full of tourists as shallow or Barrenkale
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  • When we travel to a city the historic center, it is part of an interesting bet, to discover how a city beats. Its streets, its shops, its people, show us an intense activity, where it mixes the everyday and the tourist. In the gastronomic field we can enjoy a wide variety of proposals, for all budgets. The market of the Riviera is one of the tourist attractions that not we miss, both for its wide range of commercial architecture. The facility to visit this bunch of pedestrian streets, is facilitated by means of transport (bus and tram) is another important element.
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  • Old town of Bilbao has a churches some Museum Street a Bidebarrieta library lot of bars where snacks do not advise to stroll at night
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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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