Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
The capital of Biscay province in the autonomous Basque region of northern Spain, Bilbao is a vibrantly cultural city with its own language and traditions.
Taking your car by ferry to Bilbao allows you to explore the Basque country at will, have your pick of beautiful nearby beaches and enjoy easy onward travel throughout Spain.
You are only 60 miles from the French border and the lively seaside towns of St Jean de Luz and Biarritz.
Pamplona, famed for its Running of the Bulls festival every July, is 1 hour 45 minutes away.
Spain’s captivating capital Madrid is four hours from Bilbao on the A67 motorway.
Barcelona is 380 miles away, and Alicante 500 miles.
Bilbao featured in the opening scenes of the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough.
The city was known in Elizabethan England, as Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” as it has a reference to swords, presumably made of Biscayan iron called ‘bilboes.’
Bilbao enjoys an enviable climate, with average highs of 26c in summer and lows of 13c in winter.
Local food specialities include fried fish and seafood stews.