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Casco Viejo, Bilbao

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Neighborhood Historic Walking Area
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.  Put Casco Viejo and other Bilbao attractions into our Bilbao itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • If you like your food and drink, wandering around areas of character (safely) then this is a must. A good idea to Stay within easy access to the area, because you will probably spend at least half you...  more »
  • Plenty to see in the old town in the way of historical attractions. Also a choice of bars and restaurants and shops.  more »
  • Beautiful, quaint and plenty to see, do, eat and drink! Interesting little market by the river selling clothes, small gifts and good.  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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