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Bilbao Local food tours

Our most recommended Bilbao Local food tours

Bilbao: Guided Pintxos Tour

1. Bilbao: Guided Pintxos Tour

Take a journey to mix with the locals. Take a tour through the bars of the old town of Bilbao with a local guide, who was born in Bilbao. This unique gastronomic experience is a must when visiting the Basque Country. Delve into the lifestyle and traditions of the inhabitants of Bilbao, explore the old part of the city and taste the most traditional pintxos.  Learn about the origin and development of the city by visiting four traditional places to taste typical pintxos, one of the specialties of the exquisite Basque cuisine. The pintxo is the Basque version of the Spanish tapa and is taken with a typical drink, usually wine or txakoli. They are delicious gourmet sandwiches that you can find everywhere.

Bilbao: Off-the-Beaten-Path Seaside Cycling Tour

2. Bilbao: Off-the-Beaten-Path Seaside Cycling Tour

Explore the Bilbao seaside by bike on this 2.5-hour fun and informative guided tour. Start your tour right at the feet of the iconic Vizcaya Bridge, where you’ll learn about its history, fun facts, and the present role of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a pleasant ride along the seaside, enjoy your first stop at Puerto Viejo. Beautiful and filled with history and anecdotes, you’ll have the freedom to roam and walk around its hidden corners and streets. Blend in among the locals and join them as we taste some world-famous pintxos (small snacks), and maybe a glass of wine, or a Caña for beer lovers.   You’ll then continue on to a few secret local spots before heading on to the route to the Cliffs where you’ll experience the Biscay coastline at its best. With its unmatched scenery, the majesty of the sea and fresh air will accompany you for one of the most beautiful bike routes in the Basque country.   After the tour, you can enjoy the beautiful Arrigunaga beach just meters away, grab a bite in one of its panoramic resto-bars, have a drink with your feet on the sand at the beach bar, or just read your book on the beach.

Rioja: Private Wine Tasting Tour

3. Rioja: Private Wine Tasting Tour

This tour is designed to guide you into one of the oldest traditional "cave-cellars" in the area, dug 7-8 meters (23-26 feet) deep under the houses. This is a fabulous experience not to be missed! This activity also includes  tasting wines in one of the most famous local wineries. You can also tour 'Marques del Riscal' winery cellar/hotel, which was designed by Frank Gehry, the architect who designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. You will also walk along the medieval streets of Laguardia, one of the most charming towns in La Rioja area, before discovering local home-made food for lunch in an off the beaten track, non touristy restaurant.

From Bilbao: Mountains and Sea Full-Day Tour

4. From Bilbao: Mountains and Sea Full-Day Tour

Depart Bilbao and head for Vitoria-Gasteiz to explore the capital city of the Basque Country. Take a guided walking tour through the center to see the cathedral, parliament and historical monuments of Plaza de la Virgen Blanca. Discover a medieval quarter in Plaza del Machete and admire the Church of San Miguel. Go to the Salinas de Añana salt flats and learn the history of the landscape. Continue to Orduña village and enjoy lunch at a typical restaurant in the medieval village of Balmaseda. Venture through the Ayala Valley and the mining area of ​​Bizkaia (Biscay) to reach the coast at Santurtzi and Portugalete, where you will cross the Vizcaya Bridge to Getxo.

Rioja Wine Tour: Winery & Traditional Lunch From Bilbao

5. Rioja Wine Tour: Winery & Traditional Lunch From Bilbao

In La Rioja, wine production is part of the culture, tradition and trade. Small medieval villages are mixed with fields full of vineyards that vary their colors throughout the year to create a unique and special atmosphere. On this tour we will visit a medium-sized winery, away from large crowds, to learn the secrets of wine production from start to finish. Then we will go to a classic restaurant in the area to taste a typical Riojan menu, with local products and of course washed down with good wine from the region. The best way to enjoy La Rioja without rushing!

Bilbao: Boat and Walking Guided Tour with Pintxos

6. Bilbao: Boat and Walking Guided Tour with Pintxos

Enjoy a boat ride along the Bilbao River, pass important buildings including the Guggenheim Museum and the University of Deustro.  Stroll through the city on a walking tour, walk under the different bridges in Bilbao and to Casco Viejo. Finish the tour by tasting a  pintxo (tapa) and having a drink. 

From Bilbao: Basque Country Gastronomy Tour

7. From Bilbao: Basque Country Gastronomy Tour

Depart from Bilbao at 08:30 AM. Reach the inland of Gipuzkoa until Ordizia. The traditional fair in Ordizia every Wednesday is a meeting place for buyers and sellers of agricultural produce from the area. It is sheltered by a structure with thick columns and has numerous stalls of all kinds that include Idiazabal cheese, fruit, vegetables, and endless top-quality fresh produce. Following is a guided tour of the Idiazabal Cheese Interpretation Centre, where you will enjoy an Idiazabal cheese tasting and a glass of local wine. Then continue with a fabulous guided tour around the old town of San Sebastian, enjoying five pintxos and two drinks in different local bars. Then, enjoy free time in the city on your own. To finish, you get to enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of La Concha Bay from Igeldo Mountain before heading back to Bilbao.

Bilbao: San Sebastian Tour With Cider House Visit & Lunch

8. Bilbao: San Sebastian Tour With Cider House Visit & Lunch

From Bilbao, go on a guided tour of Guipuzcoa's San Sebastian. Learn about the history and culture of the city and visit a cider house where you can sample some ciders and sit down for a lunch of traditional Basque food. Opt to make your tour private and enjoy the day trip alone with a loved one. Begin by getting picked up in Bilbao by van. Once you arrive in San Sebastian, go on a walking tour of the city and listen to your guide tell you all about the history and its magic. Hear stories about various characters throughout history and see hidden secret spots only locals know about. After, get taken by your guide to the top of Monte Igueldo (one of Europe's oldest theme parks) and look down at the Comb Of The Wind sculpture by Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida. Enjoy the views and use the opportunity to take plenty of photographs. Next, explore some of the Basque cider houses, a must-see since they are a great way to see how sailors and other Basque people used to enjoy their food and drink. The Basque sailors were regarded as some of the toughest men on the high seas, and their secret was plenty of cider and sautéed cod. Have lunch in one of the oldest cider houses and sample a traditional Txuleta menu, which includes cod, omelette, chorizo cooked in cider, and the Basque Txuelta, which is similar to a T-bone steak. Learn how to pour yourself the cider from the massive barrel and drink until departure time.

Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Visit & Private Walking Food Tour

9. Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Visit & Private Walking Food Tour

Enjoy a Bilbao adventure that combines two of life's greatest pleasures: food and art. Become mesmerized by the asymmetrical shapes of the Guggenheim Museum's titanium facade and visit its diverse modern art exhibits. Join a guided walking tour through local hotspots to try some traditional pintxos. Step into the Guggenheim with your included admission ticket and browse through the iconic masterpieces of Andy Warhol, Anselm Kiefer, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Get to know the work of Basque artists, such as sculptors Eduardo Chillida and Jorge Oteiza. As you walk through a selection of Impressionist, Modern, and contemporary art pieces, learn why the museum was constructed and how it has impacted Bilbao's prosperity in recent decades. Learn some more about the city's history on a leisurely stroll around the Old Town after your museum visit. Visit Europe's largest covered food market to see the ingredients used in typical cuisine. Stop at a couple of popular bars to taste local craft beers and 'pintxos'. Finally, head over to Plaza Nueva for lunch and have a glimpse into the lifestyle and culture of the city.

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What people are saying about Bilbao

Nice bike ride along the beautiful coastline, something different from the city center. Learned a lot about the Basque culture thanks to our fantastic guide Renato! In the afternoon we ate tasty tortillas. In short, highly recommended.

Imanol Mendizabal 5star!!!⭐️ excellent Food ! Everything included! Super confortable Van ride! Recomendado! La comida en Eguren Ugarte Winery Súper duper!!!!! E x c e l e n t !!!!

Our guide Renato was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed this bike tour. I highly recommend it.

Excellent guide with an excellent bicycle tour of the city. Lots of fun - and FUNNY!

Very informative tour & my highlight of 7 weeks holiday. Thanks!