Bilbao and Getxo
Duration: 4 hours
Tour Code: bio-002
The historic beauty of Bilbao is yours to discover during a visit to Getxo, ride above the Hanging Bridge and tour of the Old Quarter.
Depart the pier for the drive to Getxo, an elegant residential town on the bank of the Nervion River featuring large, English-style homes. Upon arrival, you will proceed for a visit to the nearby Hanging Bridge, or Bizkaia Bridge. It joins the riverbanks at Portugalete and Las Arenas, thus enabling free-flowing maritime traffic. Reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower due to its iron structure, this 109-year old masterpiece of engineering is now the oldest transporter bridge in the world. During your visit, you will have an opportunity to ride one of the lifts to a height of 145 feet above sea level, and take in spectacular views of Getxo, the Nervion River and Abra Port.
Next, you will re-board your coach for the drive to the heart of Bilbao, followed a 1-hour guided walking tour through the historic Old Quarter. As you stroll along the narrow streets lined Renaissance, Baroque and Modernist buildings, your guide will point out sites that include the Cathedral of Santiago, a Gothic church built at the end of the 14th century, the Bridge and Church of San Anton, and Plaza Nueva.
Your visit will conclude with a drive up Artxanda Hill for spectacular views of the city and Guggenheim Museum.
Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for this tour, which involves approximately 1 hour of moderate walking in the Old Quarter on mostly flat surfaces. However, this tour is wheelchair-accessible.