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Art and Cooltour in the Basque Country

Guggenheim-Museum Bilbao

If you are interested in modern architecture and art, but also don’t want to miss the narrow alleyways of a traditional old town, Bilbao, the Basque Country’s de facto capital, is the place for you. 


A window on art

Strolling through the Bilbao art district, you will notice that the streets of this city are an oversized showcase for architecture and contemporary art. Experience Bilbao at its best with our partner Musement.

Discover Cooltour

With Musement, you get the best out of your holiday. From day tours to museum visits to personalised guided tours - the choice is yours. Instead of working through simple lists of the most important sights, you can make your holiday special with Musement. Through their events and organised guided tours, you will experience exclusive insider tips and get to know the city and its surroundings in a relaxed way. Use the website to book your tours and experiences in advance or while you’re there, and earn award miles in the process. For example, the Guggenheim Museum and Basque Coast Tour. Here you can immerse yourself in the history, culture and art of the Spanish Basque Country on one of the many day tours on offer, which you can book, alongside  other activities, with our partner Musement. Start the day with a coastal tour and end it with a visit to a traditional restaurant. Before that, of course, a visit to the Guggenheim Museum is an absolute must. What do you have to do? Nothing. Book your tour, stay cool and enjoy your “Cooltour”.

Panoramablick auf San Juan the Gaztelugatxe bei Sonnenuntergang

Discover the Basque Country

Start in the morning with your local guide in a comfortable minibus that will take you on a day trip along the Basque coast that’s brimming with culture and history. Your journey takes you to the city of Guernica, the town that rose from its ashes, via the extraordinary Urdaibai UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to the city of Mundaka - culminating in San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. From here, you have a spectacular view of the Cantabrian Sea with breathtaking cliffs. Game of Thrones fans will quickly recognise this island, which is connected to the mainland by a winding path. On the way back to Bilbao, stop for a glass of ‘txakoli’, a slightly sparkling Basque white wine.

Panoramablick auf San Juan the Gaztelugatxe bei Sonnenuntergang

The Guggenheim – where art is at home

After your tour, you’ll head straight to the Guggenheim Museum - a museum of contemporary and modern art. It is considered the city’s showpiece, and has been the magnet for many art lovers and connoisseurs since its opening in 1997. The importance of the museum is such that the city divides its history into the era before its construction and the era after its construction. With an average of over 1.1 million visitors per year, the Guggenheim is one of Spain’s most popular museums and also one of the largest. With its spectacular structure of glass, limestone and titanium in the deconstructivist style, the museum immediately became one of the world’s most important buildings of the 20th century.

Traditional finale

In the evening, it’s time to try Basque cuisine. Choose between “pintxos”, little pieces of heaven on a plate, or dinner in a modern Basque restaurant where tradition meets the avant-garde.

At the end of the evening, your private transport will take you back to the hotel.

Musement also has just the right thing for all lovebirds who would like something more romantic. Take a two-hour Romantic Tour in Bilbao and discover the most popular places in the centre of Bilbao with your local guide. Learn more about local traditions and celebrations and be entranced by historical love stories.

And as every holiday must come to an end at some point, you, and not only the lovebirds, fly back home with Lufthansa. Bilbao airport is only 15 minutes from the city centre and very well connected. Lufthansa flies you from here via Frankfurt and Munich to the entire world.