Why You Should Visit Bilbao
Situated in Northern Spain in the heart of Basque Country, Bilbao is one of Spain’s lesser-known gems home to some of the country’s most unique and fascinating attractions. While the city boasts its fair share of ancient buildings and historic landmarks, it is perhaps better known for some of its modern architectural works like the Guggenheim Museum. Over the course of the year in Bilbao you will find many exciting cultural events and festivals like the Semana Grande fiesta in August which goes on for 9 days, while the city is also home to various museums to further explore Basque history. If you enjoy going out in the evenings then head down to Casco Viejo in the east of the city where you will find many of its most vibrant bars and clubs.
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Arriving In Bilbao
Bilbao Airport is situated less than 10 km from the city and is set within a single passenger terminal complex. When you have arrived at the airport there are bus services available that can take you into the city in less than 30 minutes if you would rather not pay for a taxi. During your time at the airport there are plenty of cafés and eateries available alongside retail and duty-free shopping, so there is a lot to do to pass the time. In addition to this, the airport provides travelers with free Wi-Fi so you can easily get connected.
Those looking to catch flights from the UAE to Bilbao will not be able to make the journey without a stopover as there are no airlines providing direct flights from the UAE. However, there are connections to Bilbao from many airports around Europe such as Paris Charles de Gaulle, London Heathrow and Frankfurt, so UAE travelers can make the journey with only a single transfer.
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Bilbao Travel Information
UAE nationals traveling to Spain do not need to apply for a visa as the country is a part of the Schengen Area, permitting UAE nationals a stay of up to 90 days. In Bilbao the weather is not quite as hot as it is in other areas of Spain due to its northern location, although you can still expect average highs of around 26 degrees during July and August. The city itself has a comprehensive public transport network consisting of a metro alongside buses and trains to help travelers and locals get around. If you want to rent your own vehicle during your visit you will find many leading car rental agencies at Bilbao Airport at your service.
* This information is correct as of October 2017
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