Vizcaya, or the ability to satisfy every traveller
The province of Vizcaya has it all, with urban visits to international cities such as Bilbao, the coastline and the mountains. Pack your suitcase and we’ll take care of the essentials for your trip.
Use Bilbao as your operational base and get to know the whole province from the city.
How about starting with its beaches? If you like the sea, you’ll love discovering Las Arenas, Ereaga, Arrigunaga and Gorrondatxe-Aizkorri in Getxo, Barinatxe-La Salvaje and Arrietara-Atxabiribil in Sopela and Plentzia and Gorliz.
If mountains and magical forests are more your thing, you should visit Orduña and the Salto del Nervión, which, at 270 metres high, is the highest waterfall on the Iberian Peninsula. When the water goes over the top, particularly in the rainy season and during the thaw, it takes on its characteristic ponytail shape, providing an unparalleled natural spectacle.
The capital of the province of Vizcaya deserves a special mention. Bilbao is unique and exceptional; it’s the city of Basque culture and one that’s reinvented itself in recent years.
Here you can’t ignore the Guggenheim Museum, a great international symbol of Bilbao and a cultural epicentre. Can you imagine this incredible building designed by Frank Gehry being the first thing you see when you go for a walk? Stay with us at the Sercotel Coliseo Bilbao and we guarantee the experience.
From the coastline to the mountains of Biscay in the twinkling of an eye
After this fantasy to start the day, go out and explore the old town and the square dedicated to the writer Miguel de Unamuno, from where you can reach the famous “Seven Streets”, one of the busiest areas of Bilbao, ideal for tasting its pinchos (skewers).
The Nervión Estuary is the artery that runs through the city and the surrounding area, an example of architecture living in perfect harmony with nature. The Bizkaia Bridge in Portugalete, the wonderful palaces and buildings in Getxo and the port of Santurtzi are not to be missed on your visit.
Do you prefer the mountains or the sea? In Vizcaya you won’t have to choose because it has everything. Its culture cannot be understood without the Cantabrian Sea and its green and wild nature.
If you start on the coast, Vizcaya will impress you from Ondarroa to Muskiz: 150 kilometres, 28 beaches and numerous options. Don’t you believe us? Here the towns are seafaring and steeped in charm, and the covering letter of many of its municipalities could well read something like “places that are from another planet rather than Earth”.
We’re referring to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve and the Astondo Dunes in Gorliz.
Once you reach the mountains, you won’t want to miss Gorbeia, one of its legendary peaks, where you can go paragliding or caving or even try climbing.
You’ll also find mountains in the nearby Urkiola Natural Park. Not just any old mountains. Be warned, they’re packed with myths and legends.
Vizcaya is also the province of fairytale castles. We’ll give you a few ideas so that you can find them for yourself; the of Muñatones is located near La Arena beach in Muskiz, from where you’ll enjoy privileged views of the Cantabrian Sea. In the heart of Urdaibai, near Gernika, you’ll be able to visit Arteaga Castle, which maintains the original layout, charm and style of the 19th century.
It may be tempting to imagine a night, or even a lifetime, within its four walls. However, we encourage you to come back to the capital, to our Sercotel Arenal Bilbao, where we await you with 21st-century beds and comforts. And Wi-Fi too, so you can tell everyone what you’re enjoying here.