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Casco Viejo Tours

Casco Viejo
Get to know Bilbao beyond just its artsy image by taking a trip to the city's Casco Viejo. Dating back to Medieval times, this – the Old Quarter – and its original seven streets still retain an almost untouched charm, free of the touristy trappings you might find in other big cities.

This once walled-in neighborhood originally consisted of exactly seven streets and, for that reason, is sometimes still called Los Siete Calles (“seven streets” in Spanish). Each of these original avenues still exist, with names such as Tendería Kalea (Shoekeeper's Street) and Carnicería Vieja Kalea (Old Butchery Street). Since Medieval times, the barrio has expanded to include still more streets beyond those seven originals, and also squares like Plaza Berria and Plaze Nueva.

The Casco Viejo draws a crowd for more than just its historical appeal, too. Head to the old-world district to fulfill your culinary cravings by popping from one bar to the next for pintxos (essentially Basque tapas with a gourmet twist) and glasses of txakoli, a local dry white wine. While there, visit the nearby Mercado de la Ribera, the largest food retail market in Europe; the city's over 600-year-old church, Santiago Cathedral; or stick around on Sundays for retail therapy at the market in Plaza Nueva.

Practical Info

You can get to Bilbao's Casco Viejo easily via the Metro (stop Casco Viejo) tram and by bus. By foot, just head south from the Guggenheim along the Nervión River, crossing over at any one of the bridges to reach the east bank.
Address: Casco Viejo, Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain
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13 Tours and Activities to Experience Casco Viejo

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Bilbao, Guggenheim and Gaztelugatxe small group tour, lunch included

Bilbao, Guggenheim and Gaztelugatxe small group tour, lunch included

"Discover the Basque region that surrounds Bilbao called Biscay (Bizkaia in Basque language) during a full-day trip from Vitoria. Fall in love with the charming 10th century hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and climb its 241 stairs to get to the top and enjoy its magnificent views. Game of Thrones' 7th season was shot here, so find yourself at Dragonstone! After recovering from the steep path from the hermitage, head to Bilbao (the financial capital of the Basque Country) and get a glimpse of the architectural and traditional beauties of this wonderful city, including Guggenheim Museum (entrance tickets included). All this in one day, and with the convenience of private transportation (pick up and drop off at your hotel) & lunch included in the tour price!"
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$275.83
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$275.83
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Pintxo and Tapas tour with local Food Expert

Pintxo and Tapas tour with local Food Expert

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The only Food and photography expert-led PINTXO TOUR in Bilbao. Join me for a walking, photographing, eating & drinking experience you'll never forget! We'll visit 5 different bars for a glass & a pintxo (sophisticated Basque tapa) at each one. It's a full meal & exactly what the locals like to do. You'll BE A LOCAL with me! Along the route, I'll show you the sites & tell you about the history & culture of the Basque Country, we will visit the RIBERA MARKET but my focus is definitely on FOOD & DRINK. My route & the menu changes daily, but we'll do a mix from the traditional to the modern. Expect to eat anchovies, octopus, bacalao in pil-pil sauce, squid, foie gras, local cheese... and ending of course, with a traditional dessert. Thirsty? I'm great at pairing the perfect pour with the perfect plate, from local ciders to white wine (txakoli), young & aged Tempranillo​ from La Rioja, beer & beyond maybe we'll dip into some vermouth too? Or want to try our local drink Kalimotxo?
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  • 3 hours
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$158.60
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$158.60
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Bilbao Panoramic Tour

Bilbao Panoramic Tour

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Bilbao is a city in the midst of hills so you will have the possibility to enjoy it from different high point, like Begoña and Artxanda where you can have a full panoramic view of 360º of all Bilbao city.Because we have a friendly way to show you around, join us for a maximum fun, knowledge and adventure to feel like a local after your tour.
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  • 2 hours
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$43.30
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$43.30
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Casco Viejo or 7 streets

Casco Viejo or 7 streets

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Discover the charm of Bilbao’s Old Quarter on an enriching morning or afternoon walking-tour of the city’s medieval enclave. With an expert guide, travel back in time to the 6th century and visit ancient landmarks like the Cathedral of Santiago and Plaza Nueva. Admire the sacred beauty of the Church of St Anton; wander the site of the Mercado de la Ribera; and enjoy picturesque views of the port, the origin of the industrial Spanish city. Gain valuable insight into the rich history of the city and see cultural traditions first hand as you explore.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$74.22
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$74.22
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Bilbao Classic & Modern by boat

Bilbao Classic & Modern by boat

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Discovering Bilbao’s old quarter, known as the Casco Viejo, without a guide could give you only a fragmented picture of its sights and history. This walking tour ensures you cover the must-sees without getting lost, and provides a guide to share their stories—insight you may miss if by yourself. Plus, the tour finishes with a river estuary boat trip, letting you view more of the city from the water.
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  • 2 hours
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$92.78
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$92.78
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Private 8-hour Tour of Bilbao from San Sebastian w/ Hotel or Cruise Port pick-up

Private 8-hour Tour of Bilbao from San Sebastian w/ Hotel or Cruise Port pick-up

Get to know the beautiful architecture and Basque culture of Bilbao during this 8-hour, customizable, private tour from San Sebastian. Pick the Bilbao highlights that suit your interests as you visit attractions like the famous Guggenheim Museum, Old Town, San Mames Stadium, a traditional market, plus much more.
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  • 8 hours
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$634.59
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$634.59
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History of the old town of Bilbao and traditional food

History of the old town of Bilbao and traditional food

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Get an insider's perspective on the culinary scene in Bilbao with a meal at a txoko, a gastronomical club, where members come together to share recipes, talk about food, and eat. Enjoy some Basque specialties in a relaxed and festive atmosphere in the Old Quarter of Bilbao. You set the time for this experience to best suit your vacation schedule.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$123.70
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$123.70
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Tour Bilbao in a Vintage VW

Tour Bilbao in a Vintage VW "Beetle"

Enjoy this private guided experience visiting Bilbao from one of our vintage VW "Beetle" that you can rent according to your taste. You will tour the most famous icons of the city including the Guggenheim Museum, Casco Viejo, San Mamés Stadium, Zubizuri Bridge or Ensanche District among others ... It will include two special stops: first you will savor a typical Pintxo and a Rioja wine in the Plaza Nueva and then you can ascend in Funicular to Mount Artxanda where you can appreciate a magnificent panoramic view of the city.
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  • 2 hours
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$184.32
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$184.32
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Street SKP Bilbao 1835

Street SKP Bilbao 1835

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Have fun knowing the Casco Viejo de Bilbao, playing to see who is the best and fastest team. This game uses the principles of escape games and augmented reality. It will make you see the city differently
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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$6.35
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$6.35

Аbout Bilbao in russian

Аbout Bilbao in russian

The tour will be held in Russian! You can see all the main sights of Bilbao in one single day. You will see the city from the top of the mountain and feel its special atmosphere from the inside, walking along the old part of the city and learning its amazing story. The story of cheerful hardworking people, kings and their subjects, great enterprising people, about the converters and reformers who surprised the whole world. You will ride the funicular that is 100 years old, as well as cross the Nervion River on the one-of-a-kind flying suspension bridge currently operating.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$191.74
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$191.74
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Bilbao: Guided Pintxos Tour

Bilbao: Guided Pintxos Tour

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Discover the streets and cuisine of Bilbao Old Town (Casco Viejo) in one experience on this private walking tour. Explore the cobbled lanes, and stop to visit medieval churches and landmarks that illustrate Bilbao’s history and 14th-century roots. Along the way, pause to sample ‘pintxos’ (bite-sized appetizers), at four eateries: savoring the skewered eats with drinks as your guide describes their place in Bilbao’s food and culture. Flexible itinerary, entrance fees, tastings, and drinks included.
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  • 3 hours
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$107.62
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$107.62
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Bilbao Night Tour

Bilbao Night Tour

Beyond the daily life of a big city, Bilbao offers magical views and corners when night falls. We will ascend by cable car to the Artxanda Lookout, an emblematic point from where we can admire the city in its maximum splendor, illuminated and at our feet. The funicular in just two minutes will take us to the top of the city to enjoy the views. After enjoying the panoramic view, we will enter Abandoibarra, the most modernist area of the city, until we reach the imposing Guggenheim Museum, surrounded by such famous sculptures as Puppy and Mamam. There we will take the tram to be in the Old Quarter of Bilbao, known for its “7 streets” in a few minutes. We will take a short walk through them. All the most emblematic places, accompanied by a local guide that will make you live a unique experience.
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  • 2 hours
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$94.01
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$94.01
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Private 5 days Basque Country: Private tours & Transfers: San Sebastian & Bilbao

Private 5 days Basque Country: Private tours & Transfers: San Sebastian & Bilbao

Enjoy this private 5 day experience in Bilbao 1. Transfer - Private arrival transfer from Bilbao airport to Bilbao hotel 2. City tour Bilbao: Private 4 hour tour of Bilbao with private luxury vehicle with chauffeur and Private official tour guide. Enjoy the best of the city of Bilbao. 3. Tour a San Sebastian from bilbao Private full day tour to San Sebastian from Bilbao. Luxury vehicle with chauffeur for 8 hours. In San Sebastian meet you private official tour guide for a 4 hour guided visit. Have a view of the best parts of San Sebastián. 4. Tour of pinxtos: Pinxtos and tapas tour of Bilbao. Enjoy the Casco Antiguo and taste the best of the Basque cuisine! 5. Departure transfer: Private departure transfer from Bilbao hotel to Bilbao Airport These days can be interchanged and modified to fit your own needs.
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  • 5 days
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$1,360.73
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$1,360.73
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