Bilbao: An incentive city to discover

5 reasons to choose Bilbao as a DMC destination:

Bilbao is not only a growing destination because of its great cultural events or its leisure options. It is also a fantastic destination for business and corporate travel. Why?

You only need 5 reasons to choose Bilbao for your incentive travel:

  • It's Historic quarter
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Traditional Gastronomy “pintxos & tapas”
  • Beautiful Surroundings
  • CCultural City

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A city with a rich story

Bilbao is the heart of a metropolis with a population over 1,000,000. Since its foundation, more than 700 years ago, it has been the main economic and social development axis and a crucial factor in the modernisation of the Biscay Bay area.

From Bordeaux to La Coruña, Bilbao's hegemony is unparalleled. No other city in the area has more reasons to be raised to the status of economic, financial, cultural and tourist capital. Bilbao is a hospitable city, with a lifestyle highly valued by visitors. People from Bilbao are very open and treat tourists kindly, something you can see when you walk around the city.

Bilbao International Airport is located in Loiu, some 10 km away from Vizcaya's capital city. Its services are in line with any world class airport: it offers more than 400 flights a week, direct connections with the main Spanish cities and European capitals; and it serves around 3 million passengers a year. Today, 12 companies offer their flight services at BilbaoAirport, which ensures you can get to the main European cities in 1 to 3 hour flights, or make connections to other continental or transcontinental airports.

It's climate is humid marine, with mild temperatures all year round. The averagetemperatures are 8ºC in winter and 20ºC in summer. Bilbao features mild winters and moderately hot summers, and rains are more frequent in spring and autumn.

Activities for incentive groups and our proposal

Do not miss the opportunity to explore all the team building options that Bilbao offers to your group.

Visit Guggenheim Museum

Instantly hailed as the most important structure of its time, Frank Gehry’s Bilbao Guggenheim Museum will celebrate this year its 15th Anniversary of extraordinary success after opening on October 19, 2007. With close to ninety exhibitions and over ten million visitors to its credit, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao changed the way the world thinks about museums forever, and it continues challenging our assumptions about the connections between art, architecture, and collecting.

OOn May 29 the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao opened two truly world-class restaurants: Nerua, a haute cuisine restaurant helmed by award-winning chef Josean Martínez Alija, and the Bistró Guggenheim Bilbao. Nerua is located in the heart of the Museum, and has its own entrance from the river promenade. The less formal Bistró serves three prix-fixe menus of avant-garde café fare, and has an outdoor terrace overlooking the city.

Full day City Tour in Bilbao

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Maximum number of pax: 20 pax per guide

Away for the whole day to discover the most important of Bilbao’s Metropolis. We will start our tour going up to the Puente Vizcaya, the first transborder bridge ever built in the world, recently declared as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO; about 50m high 19th century technology, whose structure you will have the possibility, if you don’t have vértigo!! A unique experience.
On the way we will follow the Ria de Bilbao to compare how was and how is Bilbao today, an amazing change that became a model of transformation for many cities.
Before we get back to Bilbao we will have a photo stop on the top of the Artxanda park, from where we can see the all city.

Basque Country Tour

Immerse yourself in the essence of Basque culture going for a tour which takes around little and typical cities around Bilbao. Walking along a beach, in the heart of the old city or enjoying amazing views, having a lunch in an old fishing port and discovering a magnificent castle will be your journey!

From Mungia and after a short drive through the coast we will get to Bakio. We can go for a walk along the long the beach or taste the local red "txakoli" wine. Later, we will drive on the coastal road that takes us to Bermeo for several kilometres until we turn left to admire one of the most spectacular views in Bizkaia.

The hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (Located about 18 Km) is well worth a climb right up to the top of this rock, which is connected to land by a walkway. The islet of Aketze rounds off an amazing setting that is a protected biotope.

Bilbao Gastronomy

Event planners will enjoy Bilbao because it's a city with with tons of possibilities, but if Bilbao famous for something it’s for its typical gastronomy it's famous is by it's typical gastronomy.

Pintxos Route

  • Duration: approximately 2 hours
  • Maximum number of pax: 12 pax per guide

The tour can be made walking, by metro or tramway depending on the hotel location.

As a different option to a normal lunch or dinner: we suggest you to live the city having a Pintxo Tour around different cafes and bars. The Pintxo is equivalent to the Tapas that you will find all around Spain but clearly more gastronomic; small portions of food where any can be a real elaborated receipt.

We will visit 4 places and will taste the specialty of each of them together with a wine tasting; Txakoli, the Basque wine, Rioja wine from the Basque country or Sangria if you wish. To finalize we will have a coffee in one of the most historical Cafés of Bilbao.

Marques de Riscal Wine Cellar

The visit begins with a video about the Riscal family and the wine, and then you will have a walk through the installations with a guide who will explain you the history of the wine and the architecture of the building, including the hotel.
During the week you can see how the installations work, but during the weekend it is stopped.

The visit includes the tasting of:

  • 1 glass of Marqués de Riscal vino tinto Reserva D.O.Ca. Rioja
  • 1 glass of Marqués de Riscal vino blanco Rueda Verdejo.

Duration of the guided visit: 75 min
Maximum number of pax: 25
Language: Spanish, English, German, Italian, French (on request)

Bilbao famous pintxos

You can not miss the original pintxos from Bilbao.

Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao

Palacio Euskalduna, one of the world's best conference centres

Guggenheim museum

This bridge allows access to Guggenheim Museum.

Paseo Abandoibarra

Paseo Abandoibarra, one of the nicest walks in Bilbao.

Paseo campo Volantin in Bilbao

Enjoy Bilbao sidewalks at Paseo Campo Volantin.

Puente salve Bilbao

Puente Salve Bilbao, also known as Puente Príncipes de España.

Pictures provided by Bilbao Turismo