Bilbao is not a very famous city and certainly not as a beach destination. But the weather is often lovely and the Basque coast is also a paradise for surf lovers. Bilbao lies on the rio Nervión which flows into the sea and there is an excellent metro connection with the extensive sandy beaches along the coast. The Bilbao beaches are therefore definitely worth a visit.
Bilbao beaches; recreation, peace and relaxation
Bilbao is a city that is becoming increasingly popular and that’s well deserved. It’s a very beautiful city. Bilbao is not so massive and has a feeling of a big cozy, charming village. In addition to having a very nice center in Bilbao, this city also has wonderful beaches. The Bilbao beaches are also suitable for several purposes. You can practice different water sports, play volleyball, tan and enjoy the peace and relaxation. We can definitely recommend the following Bilbao beaches:
Playa de Ereaga
In the exclusive Getxo, Playa de Ereaga is located at metro stop Neguri, about 20 minutes from the center of Bilbao. This beach is located on a pleasant boulevard with a few cafes and restaurants. On this beach you can actively participate in various activities both on the water and on the beach. Depending on the weather you can go, (kite) surfing, sailing, hire a canoe and play a game of volleyball. You can also choose to take a nice walk along the boulevard and admire the impressive villas from the last century. After the marina you will reach the river mouth and the world famous gliding bridge Puente Colgante, which itself is already worth a visit to Getxo. If you walk the other way from the beach you will end up in the picturesque Puerto Viejo, this is the old port of Algorta. At this place you can eat delicious food while you’re in the middle of the old white fisherman’s houses.
Playa de Arrigunaga
From Puerto Viejo you can follow a nice walking path along the sea and the cliffs to this beach. You can also just take the metro, then get off at Bidezabal and you have to walk for 10 minutes. This is a slightly smaller beach than Playa de Ereaga and this is also the beach where most locals go. You have a fantastic view over the cliffs and the old mill. At the beach is a skate park and a playground with a large lawn and plenty of terraces to once again have some nice food and drinks. Above the cliffs is a beautifully landscaped walking and cycling path that passes an old fort and runs all the way to the town of Sopelana, one of the most famous surf spots in Spain, where you can also learn to surf as a beginner.
Playa de Gorliz
Playa de Gorliz lends itself as the perfect beach where you can make wonderful beach walks. You can also go cycling, windsurfing and horse riding. The beach consists mainly of fine sand and there are several bars and terraces where you can sit in the sun while enjoying a snack and a drink. On the website of Metro Bilbao you will find more information about the beaches of Bilbao and the metro which of course comes in handy when you travel by metro to the beach.
Playa de Plentzia
Are you someone who goes to the beach for the beautiful sun-kissed skin? Then choose Playa de Plentzia. There is a beautiful large sandy beach here which is also very crowded during the summer months. Again you have several bars and terraces here for the delicious appetite and a refreshing drink. There are also picnic tables, showers and toilets on this beach. That is why it is also a nice idea to bring all your own tasty snacks and to enjoy them on one of the picnic tables. Picnicking on the beach, sounds great right?!
Are you a real sports fanatic? Then visit Playa Salvaje. At this place you will find the best waves to surf. Aren’t you afraid of heights and adventurous activities? Then you are at the right place here because you can also go paragliding here! In addition, you have a lot of rocks at Playa Salvaje and you can fish and camp here. For adventurers and real outdoor people this is a golden place.
At the Bilbao beaches there is more than enough things you can do. Do you feel more like discovering the city yourself? Then read our article about things to do in Bilbao.
Only message left to say; enjoy!