The city of Bilbao is not only known for its city centre or the great contrast between the city itself and its surroundings, but it is also well known because of its coast. There are some beautiful beaches and old ports within a very small “metro” distance. You will find very picturesque towns, harbours with a great fishing tradition and beaches in which the surfing tradition is kept like an extraordinary treasure.
Bay of Biscay. Places like Getxo, for example, has kept its port untouched. The traditional architectonic style of the Basque country is still shown in this quaint little neighbourhood. Also, this town has an interesting monumental and nature heritage. Its has three beaches nearby, Arrigunaga, Ereaga and Las Arenas, which are really well connected with the “Metro Bilbao” lines, and there is always the possibility of going on the “BizkaiBus” public transport. Finally, the Aixerrota Windmill, in Punta Galea, will surprise you with some unforgettable views of the bay.
Another two places that are visit worthy are Santurtzi and Portugalete. The second one is worldwide known because of the Biscay Bridge, and its historic centre, controlled by the Basílica of Santa María on the upper part, has been declared a Monumental Ensemble. At night, you can enjoy the lively atmosphere on Coscojales street and the taverns on The Ojillo. Santurtzi, within a fifteen minute walking distance from Portugalete’s town hall, is a proud and important fishing port in the Bay. Although it is no longer as big as it used to be, it still remains with the same ancient traditions. The hallmarks of this town are its famous sardines, so if you have the opportunity you should go and try them. The good thing about these two towns is that they are only thirty minutes away from Bilbao if you go by “Metro”.
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
Finally, and if you want to move out of the outskirts of the city, you have the opportunity of visiting San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Situated on a little island, and only communicated by a difficult road, this oddly-situated hermitage has one of the best views of the Bay of Biscay. This chapel belongs to the town of Bakio, which has, like Santurtzi, an important fishing tradition.