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Free Walking Tour Cosmopolitan Bilbao

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  • Available in: Spanish, English, French

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Feel Bilbao offers different free walking tours in Bilbao and day trips to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and other touristic sites. Join our free tours and discover Bilbao with us!

Feel Bilbao offers different free walking tours in Bilbao and day trips to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and other touristic sites. Join our free tours and discover Bilbao with us!

About the tour

Have you ever wondered why Bilbao is full of various architectural styles?

The Cosmopolitan Bilbao that we enjoy today isn’t even nearly the same as it looked like 100 years ago. Naturally, that is the consequence of a whole series of circumstances.

To begin with, the whole area of El Ensanche (an expansion area of Bilbao constructed for the bourgeoisie) is original from the 19th and 20th centuries. At that time, Bilbao was still an industrial city. But there is one problem. In 1973 the financial crisis arrives to Spain.

In 1984. Athletic Club de Bilbao wins a historic double of League and King's Cup. This is the point where thousands of citizens celebrate the victory in the street and watch the champions tour the river in a barge. But bear with me, cause this time wasn’t the only massive demonstration of the year.

With the aggravation of the crisis, the most important shipyard of the city, Euskalduna, plans the dismissal of the half of its employees. That provokes waves of protest in the city. Unfortunatelly, it results with dozens of wounded and an worker shot and killed by the Police. In 1985, Euskalduna is completely closed.

Eventually, what it all boils down to is the metamorphosis of Bilbao.

It starts through various projects, among the most prominent, Metro Bilbao and Bilbao Ría 2000. In 1995, the Metro designed by Norman Foster is officially inaugurated, although its lines will be expanded during the following years. Two years later, the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, designed by Frank Gehry, opens the doors to the public.

Since then, Bilbao has become a touristic city, whose main attraction is the monumental museum made of titanium. After the successful realization of the museum construction, Bilbao still continues to grow and offer astonishing architectural attractions.

Are you ready to see all of them?

Don’t get left behind and join our Guides for the intriguing Free Tour of Cosmopolitan Bilbao. Maybe you are curious about the old town? Have a glance at our Free Tour Antique Bilbao.

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Tour duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give 5, some people give 50, you choose the price.

Reservations in advance are mandatory because if the 'guru' doesn't see any bookings one day, she will not show up at the meeting point. Or if she has too many 'walkers' that day, won't allow you to join without the reservation. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Ratings (2)



3 days ago

Great tour! I especially loved the coast and the former fishing village. As an enthusiastic guide, Miguel was happy to tell stories from the Basque Culture which I really enjoyed. I had an amazing time!


Gustavo Cruz

5 months ago

Tour perfecto en el que nos mostraron lo más bonito de la ciudad, no teníamos tanto tiempo para disfrutar de la ciudad y con el recorrido de la parte moderna de la ciudad pudimos entender el cambio que ha tenido la ciudad en los últimos años. Muchas gracias, totalmente recomendables, vinimos de México y nos vamos encantados!

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