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The duckpond and carousel - Bilbao

The duckpond and carousel

Feeding the ducks

OK, this is not for those who come to Bilbao for the nightlife, or even for the modern art, but if you have kids, this may be just the thing.

In Parque Dona Casilda, there is a duckpond and peacock pen that will provide amusement for young kids.

In addition, there is a carousel that they will enjoy a ride on. (Cost about 1.50 Euro).

**Stop Press - Due to Avian Flu, the ducks have all been removed**

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 23, 2007
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Non-touristic Drinks and Pintxos

In calle Zugastinovia, a small pedestrianised street that runs between Plaza La Casilla and C/Gordoniz, there are about a dozen bars.

These bars vary in quality and the pintxos they provide, ranging from a Pena Bar (a football club supporting bar) with very good pintxos to a slightly surreal "country and western" bar with photos of route 66 on the wall!

As always in Spain, when you go will depend whether the street is solid with people, or absolutely deserted. Weekend evenings around 8pm can be a good time, also saturday and sunday lunchtime (after 1pm).

What is attractive here is that this is not a tourist area, the bars are local bars for local people. It is not posh.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 23, 2007
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Statue of a bertsolari, Bilbao - Bilbao

Statue of a bertsolari, Bilbao

Statues

The motto of the Bilbao council seems to be "when in doubt, put up a statue". See how many you can spot!

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  • Written Aug 18, 2005
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Leioa Near Bilbao Review

Leioa is a suburb of Bilbao on the way to the coast (between Bilbao and Las Arenas). It is a town in its own right rather than being a barrio of Bilbao.

That said, apart from its fiestas in June (c.20-25 June) it has not much for the visitor.

If you are there, the Cafeteria Haritzpe, on Plaza Jose Ramon Aketxe, offers decent food.

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  • Written Jul 1, 2005
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The war graves cemetery, Bilbao - Bilbao

The war graves cemetery, Bilbao

The War Graves Cemetery

There is a British and Commonwealth Wargraves Cemetery in Bilbao. It is located near Sondika (Euskotren: Sondika) on the Road to Derio (set back and easy to miss, close to the Sondika fooball ground).

As with all these cemeteries, they are haunted, sad, but tranquil places.

The remembrance ceremony takes place here every year.

"Bilbao is a seaport in the north of Spain. The British Cemetery is about 8 kilometres north-east of the town, on the road to Derio. If arriving by air, turn left on leaving the airport and continue for a short distance to Sondica village. On leaving Sondica village the cemetery, located within a small communal cemetery (there is a tiny church), will be found approximately 100 metres off the main road."

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  • Updated Dec 20, 2004
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The British Church - Bilbao

The British Church

British Church and Cemetery

There has for some time been a British Colony in Bilbao. It still exists, with its own church and cemetery (moved to its current site in 1929).

Services are there every sunday morning.

The church is located near Sondika (Euskotren: Sondika) off the mainroad on the way to Derio. It is set back, and easily missed.

"Bilbao is a seaport in the north of Spain. The British Cemetery is about 8 kilometres north-east of the town, on the road to Derio. If arriving by air, turn left on leaving the airport and continue for a short distance to Sondica village. On leaving Sondica village the cemetery, located within a small communal cemetery (there is a tiny church), will be found approximately 100 metres off the main road."

Review Helpfulness: 2 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 20, 2004
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Fountains at the Guggenheim - Bilbao

Fountains at the Guggenheim

Fountains

OK, Bilbao is not the driest city in the world, but it does have a surprising number of fountains around the city. These provide a cooling effect in the summer heat.

The fountains are usually turned off during lunchtime, leading me to suspect that there is one man somewhere responsible for the water supply to the fountains, and that he turns the water off when he goes for his lunch!

Check out the fountains in the park of Gran Via, and at Plazas Moyua and Zabalburu.

There are new fountains now at the Guggenheim, to add to the water displays.

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  • Updated Aug 31, 2004
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Mercado de la Ribera

Get down to the market by the river in the casco viejo.

You need to go Tuesday - Saturday in the morning.

Ground floor - fish, 1st floor meat, second floor vegetables and fruit.

This is one of the largest indoor markets in Europe, and the fish hall in particular is worth a visit.

Tram stop - Ribera.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 25, 2004
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Crane in BIlbao - Bilbao

Crane in BIlbao

Industrial Architecture

For those interested in industrial architecture, a trip down the river (e.g. on the Pil Pil) will be of great interest.

You can walk down either bank, or get the boat from the riverside close to the Guggenheim.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 19, 2003
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Fiesta de Marisco in Zierbana Near Bilbao Review

The first weekend of October in Zierbana ( past Santurtzi where the UK ferry comes in) there is a seafood fiesta in this little fishing village.

Seafood is cheap and tasty, to be washed down with the local Txakoli.

You will need a car to get there as there appears to be little public transport.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 6, 2003
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