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Modern Bilbao Free Tour - From the Ensanche to the Guggenheim

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  • Bilbao
  • Available in German, English, Spanish, Euskara, Italian
  • 2 hours y 15 minutes

About the Guru

THE ART OF GUIDING. Bilbao Free Tour Experience is the result of a collaboration between a team of professional tour guides whose area of competence is not limited only to Bilbao but to the entire Euskadi-Basque Country. Upon graduation in Tourism, Art History and other higher university degrees, since 2002 we are dedicated to the outreach and dissemination of the ar... More

THE ART OF GUIDING. Bilbao Free Tour Experience is the result of a collaboration between a team of professional tour guides whose area of competence is not limited only to Bilbao but to the entire Euskadi-Basque Country. Upon graduation in Tourism, Art History and other higher university degrees, since 2002 we are dedicated to the outreach and dissemination of the artistic, cultural and natural heritage of the entire Basque autonomous community, as well as of its most important private and public museums. Our team has an extensive experience in the field of tourism, we have received tourists and travelers from more than 80 countries with tours available in 5 languages. We believe that a renewed tourism is possible and this is why we propose a range of initiatives in order to take care of the city and the environment. We also encourage the interaction between commerce and local culture with a more sustainable and environmentally friendly tourism. We are happy to guide you, to provide some advice and share with you our experience and knowledge. We want to bring you closer to our city and help you get to know and explore the most interesting places of Bilbao so that you discover the rich heritage and history its streets boast of.

About the Tour

Discover with us the two great transformations of Bilbao: one that everyone talks about and another that few know.


Brief description of the tour:

A walk through the Bilbao of three centuries: XIX, XX and XXI. A mosaic of modern and contemporary architecture like few others in Europe.

In 1876, wrapped in an unprecedented development caused by industrial take-off, Bilbao approved the project of what we now popularly know as Ensanche. Dozens of architects, mostly Basque, but influenced by the international trends of the time, and under the slogan "act local, think global", shape one of the most elegant urban areas in Europe.

More than a century later, the inauguration of the Guggenheim Museum and its overwhelming impact placed Bilbao in the global focus of contemporary architecture and unleashed the construction of dozens of projects and infrastructures designed by some of the best architects of our era.

GUIDANCE ITINERARY :

  • San Nicolás Church (Arenal)
  • La Concordia Station
  • Abando Indalecio Prieto Station
  • Circular Square
  • Gran Via
  • Gardens of Albia
  • Deputation
  • Moyua Square
  • Alhóndiga Bilbao (Azkuna Zentroa)
  • Doña Casilda Iturrizar Park
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Euskadi Square
  • Abandoibarra
  • Campa of the English
  • Guggenheim museum


If you have already done the "Historic Bilbao: from the 7 streets to the Ensanche" tour with us, we invite you to continue your tour of Bilbao. A walk in which architecture and urban planning become the absolute protagonists of a tour in which you will be surprised by admiring some of the buildings that have made this city an architectural benchmark worldwide.

A tour of approx. 2:15, no rush, no point-to-point races, so you can enjoy the stories we tell you, but also the walk through the modern city center.


Useful information for the traveler:


-Small groups
-We do not use amplifiers. We have nothing against it, we know its usefulness, but the Old Quarter of Bilbao is not only a commercial and tourist area, it is also a residential area. Thus we do not contribute to noise pollution and we respect the rest of the neighbors.
-If you have a reusable bottle, we recommend that you take it with you. This way you will avoid the generation of waste from plastic bottles. In Bilbao there are more than 300 public fountains with high quality drinking water that deserves to be valued.

- MEASURES FOR COVID-19 Important information. We are taking safety and hygiene measures recommended by the health authorities in all the Guruwalks:


- Limited number of visitors
- Safety distance between visitors
- Compulsory own mask

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: In El Arenal, next to the entrance of the Church of San Nicolás look for the BLUE UMBRELLA

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What's the price?

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 €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Tour opinions (32)

Maria Luisa Vega 04/04/2021

El tour muy recomendable. Se nos ha pasado el tiempo volando. Unai, nos ha guiado explicandonos todo muy bien, en cuanto podamos, no dudamos en volver a hacer alguno de los otros tours que ofrece

Ángel Pablo Fernández Perez 04/01/2021

Muy buen Tour, siendo de la margen izquierda del Nervion y habiendo estado muchísimas veces en Bilbao hemos aprendido mucho de nuestra historia, a la vez hemos contemplado edificios maravillosos. Unai nuestro guía nos ha tenido 3 maravillosas horas paseando de un modo diferente y muy ameno. Un gran profesional y muy simpático. De verdad que ahora que por la pandemia está excursión es una verdadera oportunidad de conocer nuestra ciudad. Agur

Olatz Ruiz 12/17/2020

Somos de Bilbao y decidimos unirnos a este freetour para poder profundizar en la historia que nos rodea. No pudimos estar mejor acompañados que con Unai. Un buceo entre el antes y ahora de nuestra Villa que nos ha dado una visión diferente de las calles y edificios que nos rodean. ¡Qué maravilla poder estar con un historiador! Gracias de nuevo, y nos vemos pronto

Jennifer Alvarez Benito 11/14/2020

Repetimos con Unai en este tour (hicimos el de las 7 calles con él también) y la experiencia en ambos fue una maravilla. Unai tiene un conocimiento ilimitado sobre la ciudad, su recorrido histórico y su arquitectura, y lo transmite de manera muy ligera y comprensible. Sin duda, lo recomendamos!

Ana Isabel Aguilar Márquez 10/25/2020

Hicimos este Free Tour de la mano de Unai, que nos dio un agradable paseo por el Bilbao moderno motivandonos con su pasión por su trabajo y sus enormes conocimientos de la ciudad y de arquitectura. Estuvimos muy cómodas y agusto, no se nos hizo largo ni pesado y nos dio muchísimos detalles de todo. Muy recomendable.

4.8(32) Ratings

What's the price?

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 €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

4.8(32) Ratings