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5 unmissable destinations less than an hour from Bilbao

5 unmissable destinations less than an hour from Bilbao

Jesus Carames

December 6, 2023 | 11:00 a.m.

Bilbao and its surroundings offer a variety of fascinating destinations for a perfect getaway during the Immaculate Bridge. If you are looking for unique experiences within walking distance of the city, here we present five options that combine culture, history and nature, all less than an hour away. These proposals will allow you to explore everything from medieval castles to works of natural art, iconic bridges and cultural festivals.

1. Butrón Castle: A medieval fortress in Gatika

Just 20 minutes from Bilbao, the Butrón Castle in Gatika It is a medieval fortress that stands majestically on a hill surrounded by a centuries-old forest. With more than 2.400 square meters, it is an ideal destination for lovers of history and architecture. Also take the opportunity to visit the XNUMXth century church of Santa María in the urban center of Gatika.

2. Durangoko Azoka: The heart of Basque culture

Durango becomes the epicenter of Basque culture during the long weekend, with the celebration of the 58th edition of the Durangoko Azoka. This festival, located 31 kilometers from Bilbao, presents a unique opportunity to explore Basque cultural heritage, including literature, music and art.

3. Suspension bridge: An engineering marvel between Getxo and Portugalete

El Suspension bridge, located 20 minutes from the center of Bilbao, is an engineering work that connects Getxo with Portugalete. Inspired by the Eiffel Tower, this ferry bridge offers a unique experience with its elevated walkway open to the public.

4. Oma Forest: A natural canvas by Agustín Ibarrola

El Oma Forest, located in Kortezubi within the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, is an impressive open-air art gallery created by Agustín Ibarrola. This destination, 40 minutes by car from Bilbao, is perfect for art and nature lovers.

5. Balmaseda: Medieval and gastronomic charm

Balmaseda, recognized by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful towns in Bizkaia, offers a journey to the medieval past. Located just over 30 kilometers from Bilbao, it is famous for its cultural heritage, its iconic Old Bridge and its delicious gastronomy.

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