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Aste Nagusia.

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Aste Nagusia (Basque: Bilboko Aste Nagusia) is the main festival of Bilbao, which is celebrated annually over 9 days beginning on the first Saturday following 15 August.

Bilbao (map) is perhaps the best place in the world to experience the ancient culture and language of the Basque people, which has stubbornly held its own over thousands of years and is now completely unlike any modern-day culture in Europe.

Also сheck оut мore info: Visit Basque Country 

The Great Week has been held annually since 1978, and the August celebrations already coincided with the visit of the circus to the city, the fairgrounds, the bullfights, the boxing matches and the traditional dance performances.

The first event of the festival is the chupinazo (Basque: txupinazo), the release of a signal rocket, also known as the first bang, which has taken place since 2001 from the balcony of the Teatro Arriaga (map).

Guggenheim Museum (map). Frank Gehry’s spectacular twisting titanium-clad modern art museum is perhaps the most celebrated building of the 1990s, even starting what would be called the ‘Bilbao-effect’.

Museo de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Art, map). The Museum of Fine Art’s remarkable collection boasts more than 6,000 works dating from the 12th century to the present day, and includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and decorative objects.

Basque Museum (Euskal Museoa, map). Established in 1921 to focus on the prehistory, archaeology, ethnography and history of Euskadi (Basque homeland). Not a particularly well laid out museum. It will be of passing interest to people who study Basque culture.

Cathedral of St. James (Santiago, map). Gothic-style 14th-century cathedral, named after Bilbao’s official patron saint.

Basílica de Begoña (map) Overlooking Bilbao, this is perhaps the most symbolic religious building in the city.

Mercado de la Ribera (map). Another emblem next to the Iglesia de San Antón is the Mercado de la Rivera. One of the biggest covered markets in Europe. It was built in 1929 on the site of the original Rivera Street market.

Plaza Nueva (map) There is a market of used books, stamps, coins, and other small items in the plaza every Sunday morning. The Plaza Nueva is surrounded by buildings and only has entrances on some sides.

Since 1978, the Marijaia (“Mary-festival”) character is the official symbol of the holidays, and since 1997, she has her own song, known as Badator Marijaia.

During the festival, the Villa de Bilbao International Fireworks Competition is held; each night a pyrotechnic company shows a program. The festival is closed by an exhibition program.


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#3 Visit Valencia

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Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

Bizkaitik Mugitu (bizkaitikmugitu.eus) – Basque Country Transport Route Planner.

Bilbobus (bus) / Metro Bilbao / Cercanias (commuter trains).

Also сheck оut мore info: Getting around Spain (spain.info)

BUS: All buses to other provinces leave from the TermiBus terminal (map). There are regular connections to Santander (75 minutes), San Sebastian (60 minutes), *Vitoria-Gasteiz (60 minutes) and Madrid (arriving at Avenida de América bus station, 4–5 hours) among others.

One of the largest bus companies in Spain is ALSA, which covers most of the country with its extensive network of bus routes. Other popular bus companies include Avanza, Empresa Plana, and Socibus / Secorbus. You can also see what is all available on Movelia.es.

TRAIN: The main train operator is RENFE, including AVE (Spanish high speed train) or Talgo intercity services. (*Rail travel in Europe)

AIRPORT: Information about Spanish airports ⇒ aena.es.

FERRY: Baleària • Grimaldi LinesTrasmediterranea. + Spain’s main sea connections (spain.info)

Lo mejor de la Aste Nagusia de Bilbao.

En agosto Bilbao se sumerge en nueve días de fiesta, de la mano de Marijaia: como cada año, habrá música, fuegos artificiales, concursos gastronómicos, txoznas y konparsas…

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Useful websites.

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When you need visas and entry requirements. Types of visas and where to get them. Visa for international digital nomads.


Renfe is the national railway company of Spain, and their website offers information about train schedules, routes, and fares.


Alsa is the leading bus operator in the Spanish. ‘We reached hundreds of destinations, some of which you cannot imagine.’

www.thelocal.es: The Local is an English-language news site that covers Spain and other countries in Europe. Their website offers information about current events, culture, and lifestyle in Spain, as well as travel tips and advice.

www.spain-holiday.com: This website offers a wide selection of holiday rentals in Spain, from apartments and villas to farmhouses and beach houses. You can search for rentals by location, amenities, and price, and read reviews from other travelers.

Food & Wine

www.foodswinesfromspain.com: This is the official website of Spain’s food and wine industry, and it offers information about the country’s culinary traditions, as well as recipes, food events, and product information.

www.spanishsabores.com: Welcome to Spanish Sabores, your place to discover simple Spanish recipes the whole family will love.

esmadrid.com | Food and Drink is a section of the official tourism board’s website that offers information about Madrid’s gastronomic scene, including top restaurants, markets, and food tours.