The ‘hidden’ beauties of Bilbao, Northern Spain

The ‘hidden’ beauties of Bilbao, Northern Spain have inspired me to write this blog (my first ever travel blog) and share what was an amazing journey.

The trip to Bilbao was inspired by a Microsoft screensaver; the picture of the San Juan de Gaztelugatxe was captivating and led to booking fights and a hotel there and then.

As you can imagine, this was a very spontaneous trip with no real thought behind the flight or the hotel, causing both nerves and excitement.

The flight to Bilbao only lasted 1 hour 50 minutes, which was perfect for a weekend break and time to relax and enjoy the beauty of this city.

After being greeted by the taxi man at the airport, I knew I was in for a real treat when it came to the locals; what a gentlemen he was!

The pleasurable journey from Bilbao airport to Hotel Gran Bilbao lasted 15 minutes and cost 30 euros which was the best way to travel due to the time of arrival. I did however work out that there was a bus stop right outside of the hotel that had bus routes around the city, including to the airport.

The Hotel Gran Bilbao is situated on the outskirts (5 minutes’ walk) of the old town of Bilbao, so as you can imagine; I was eager to explore. The hotel itself is beautiful with lovely spacious rooms and a gorgeous bathroom, big enough to have a party in 😊 To see more about the hotel check this link out

The streets at 23:00 seemed quiet and at peace and so I was expecting to have a little browse and be back and tucked up by midnight. To my surprise I turned down

Somera 12, Bilbao, Spain 48005 and it was buzzing. There were possibly 100 people drinking and socializing on the street, I could hear the buzz and happiness of the crowds; instantly feeling at ease.

I would highly recommend a visit to Tirauki bar, Somera 12, Bilbao, Spain 48005; not that I am big drinker but if you are a lover of red wine, lovely sociable people and a great atmosphere – this is a MUST.

Coincidently, I loved Tirauki bar that much, I spent both nights there 😊

Saturday 20th May. 2017 would see me start the adventure to the Gaztelugatxe. Well, what an amazing and beautiful experience this was 😊 I don’t want to tell you to much as I don’t want to ruin it for you, however I will share this picture with you and some very useful directions.

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Now, you can either choose to walk to Plaza Moyúa square or you can take the number 77 bus to the Plaza Moyúa square. When you arrive at Plaza Moyúa square, you will need to take the A3518 bus to Bakio from Plaza Moyúa square, outside the Barclays bank. This bus journey will take you approximately 45 minutes. This is a really enjoyable journey and well worth it.

The last stop on the journey is where you will get off; in a town called Bakio. I don’t know what I was expecting when I arrived at Bakio but let me tell you, its stunning.

When you get off the bus and face the road; to the left there is a convenience store, I would highly recommend you stock up on water. To the right, is the direction you will walk in to reach San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.

You will walk adjacent to the coast before approaching a fork in the road. Then you will take the left fork and get onto the coastal path and walk approximately 6kms; from here it is straight forward – Continue your path until you reach the beautiful San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.

I hope you enjoy the hidden beauty of San Pelayo church from XIII century.

I have spoken a lot about San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and the old town of Bilbao however there is so much more in addition to see and appreciate. In particular the Artxanda Funicular, you will board a cable cart for an approximately 2 euro return trip to the top where you will be greeted with breathtaking views of the whole city. Here you will find gardens to relax in, allowing you to take a picnic if you please, and some very interesting history.

Bilbao also offers the spectacular Guggenheim Museum which is situated on the river as well as delicious food, tantalising red wine, and beautiful people.

Bilbao is a must visit destination!