Alternative&StreetArt tour, Bilbao La Vieja, an authentic part of the city

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: English
Guru: Susanne
Quality Verified Registered on March 14, 2019

Hi there everyone! I'm Susanne from Athens, an official Tour Guide with a University Degree in Spanish history, literature and arts and I've been living in Spain since 2015. I came to visit Bilbao because of the Guggenheim Museum, and fell in love with the city, so I decided, since the very "peculiar" summer of 2020 to offer Free Tours in English, to whoever would be interested to discover the real history and go beyond the touristic part of Bilbao. Via the GuruWalk platform of Free Tours, I can combine my passion for the city, for meeting new interesting people and for making a living from what I love doing the most. For that, I don´t have any problem of the number of people coming to my tour, meaning that there´s no minimum amount of guests and that I´ll always happy to welcome you all to Bilbao.

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    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

The district of Bilbao La Vieja is located on the other riverbank of the Old City, the so-called "The Left Side" and has coexisted with the Old City since its beginning.  It became the centre of the industrial activity in the late 19th for its mining activity, and since the 70's until recently was the least favourable part of the city, its dark spot. 
Nowadays, it´s the most alternative, multi - coloured, multi ethnic and most interesting neighbourhood of the city.
Art Centres and Galleries, creativity - focused businesses, ethnic restaurants and bars, the whole gay night life, all these together form the most inter- racial district of the city. It is a warm and authentic district, gathering as no other the mixture of people and arts, natives and emigrants, the very proud Basque-speaking Basque society, the gay community, foreign artists, etc. are proud to live in Bilbao la Vieja.
For that, most of the Street - Art paintings have been created here, and a great part of the tour is dedicated to the street art of Bilbao.
Join me in a very interesting, most alternative and less touristic tour, in which we'll discover quite a few hidden corners of a very interesting and true to its tradition, neighbourhood, Bilbao's real life.
All my groups of guests are strictly limited to 9-10 person for a more personal and private tour and because of the Covid 19 measures. For that reason, please be punctual at the time and the place of our meeting, because of the limited bookings of every tour. 

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  • Meeting point:
    Erribera Kalea, 84, 48005 Bilbo, Bizk...
    Erribera Kalea, 84, 48005 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
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    Waiting outside the entrance of the Rivera Market (El Mercado de la Ribera) where there's the Ribera Bar, and I'll be holding a GuruWalk sign.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Gwenno 24 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Excellent tour. Relaxed and plenty of things to see. Gives lots of context of how Bilbao has become what it is today and how the development affected the people. The tour also ends with great local recommendations.
tracey 18 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
We highly recommend Suzanne’s Alternative&StreetArt tour, Bilbao La Vieja, an authentic part of the city" The tour was very interesting and enjoyable. Suzanne is Extremely knowledgeable about the history and cultural side of Bilbao. Communication was excellent before and during our tour. She went out of her way to accommodate us. She was extremely reliable given we were the only couple to attend the walk which she was happy to run with just us. 10/10. Highly recommended !
Almira 17 Sep 2023
Tel Aviv-Yafo

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Travelled alone - Sep 2023
I was very pleasantly surprised by the tour, got to know bilbao on a personal level.
Ellen 14 Sep 2023

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Travelled alone - Sep 2023
I like that it was different yet informative . I felt she hit the pulse of the district we were in.
Martina 12 Sep 2023

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Travelled alone - Sep 2023
Highly recommended!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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