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Casco Viejo, Bilbao

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Must see · Historic Walking Area · Neighborhood
Casco Viejo was once a walled city. Its colorful storefronts and lively nightlife make it a hotspot for locals and visitors alike. One local tradition you may see is a pub crawl in which Spaniards drink small glasses of wine called chiquitos and sing choral songs up and down the narrow streets. Three public elevators transport you to the top of the neighborhood, avoiding a challenging hike. To reach the area, take the Bilbao metro and exit the train at Casco Viejo station. Don’t neglect the tiny cantons, or alleys, that connect the streets, as they offer shortcuts and charm.  Plan your Casco Viejo visit and explore what else you can see and do in Bilbao using our Bilbao visit planner.
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  • This was an eye opener. We joined another tour and was lead around the old city by a guide who clearly loved the city and new it very intimately. Bilbao really is a lovely city -young and vibrant and....  more »
  • A part of our guided tour was an introduction to Casco Viejo. I could not stop smiling! I just love all the balconies with beautiful flowers, all the colours and just the feel of the place.  more »
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