The 7 Most Instagrammable Spots In Bilbao

Without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in northern Spain, this is the capital of the Basque Countrys. With amazing architecture and a food scene that rivals the biggest Spanish cities, it’s a little hidden treasure; so we’ve got some great Bilbao Instagram locations for you to check out.

The old town’s cobblestone streets contrast against the modern buildings and world famous Guggenheim museum for endless Instagrammable opportunities. Looking for the best spots to get some Instagram snaps in Bilbao? Consider this your DIY guide to the ‘gram…

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1. Mount Artxanda viewpoint

Choose to walk up or take the funicular to this small mountain range that gives the most spectacular view down over the city. Pose in front of the panoramic view for a great Bilbao Instagram shot.


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2. The Guggenheim

One of the most iconic buildings in Europe, this museum of modern and contemporary art was designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. It firmly placed Bilbao on the tourism map and is a real highlight of the city.

3. Old Town – Getxo

Barely half an hour from Bilbao, this picturesque Puerto Viejo, the Old Port of Algorta, a beautiful small seaside town. Little white cottages cluster together by the sea, with fishing boats and bars and restaurants along the harbour.


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4. Mercado de la Ribera

The biggest covered market in Europe, this busy market is a great place for food lovers and food photographers alike. From Galician seafood to Iberian sausages and the most colourful fruit and veg, it’s a real feast for the senses.


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5.  Zugaztieta Park – La Arboleda

This scenic spot is the old mining town of the Basque region, which is now a popular picnic and hiking location. The former mines are now artificial reservoirs surrounded by a green environment, ideal for fishing. Just remember, it’s not safe to go swimming here.


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6. Azurmendi

Just 15 minutes from the city centre, this mind blowing three-star Michelin restaurant is located on the side of a mountain. It’s fully sustainable and the dishes come out as a tasting menu that’s unlike any you’ve had before. The best food photos you’ll take in Spain.


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7. Café Iruña 

How cute is this lovely, historic cafe? It’s one of the most beloved meeting points in Bilbao for a coffee and pastry, and is also famous for its kebabs. The beautiful mosaic tiles make for a scenic photograph.


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Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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