Bilbao is the largest city in the Basque Country, in the north of Spain, and the cultural heart of this region. Traditional and modern elements both clash and are reconciled in this cosmopolitan city, attracting many tourists, while retaining its Basque identity. The city is connected with direct flights from London, Brussels, Paris and Berlin. Although the journey time may be longer, taking an indirect flight can help you find a cheaper deal, so try using our online comparison tool to search for flights from East Midlands, Glasgow or another UK airport and you will be able to see all of the best offers available on the market. The city has many beautiful museums, though the most famous is without doubt the contemporary art Guggenheim Museum, which opened in 1997. The city has erected many ultra-modern buildings since the 1980s, like the Euskalduna Palace, the Bilbao Arena and the Zubizuri Bridge. Furthermore, Basque cuisine is very well-known for it its mix of meat and fish dishes, and some of the world's best chefs come from the region. Alternatively, you can enjoy views of the city from the mountains surrounding Bilbao.
Since the airport is so close to the city, it's easy to get to and from the city centre once you're there. The city is only 15 minutes away by bus or taxi. Once you arrive in the city, you can buy a BilbaoCard, which gives you unlimited access to public transport and discounts at museums, shops, shows, restaurants and leisure facilities. The city is surrounded by beautiful mountains, but also very close to the sea. From here, you can easily get to San Sebastian, where you can sample world-class food in its many Michelin-starred restaurants, which is only a few hours away. Alternatively, if you want to see more of Spain, you can get a cheap flight or a train to Barcelona, Madrid and Seville to make the most of this diverse country.