What to see in the vicinity of the Hotel Vista Alegre (Bilbao)

Surprising, full of contrasts and indescribable. That’s Bilbao. The capital of Vizcaya boasts a new urban panorama, noted for the construction of the prestigious Guggenheim Museum, which was the trigger for the city’s rapid transformation.

However, in addition to this colossal piece of architecture, next to Doña Casilda park, you’ll find the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the most comprehensive art galleries in Spain.

Both buildings are situated in a renovated area of the city which will delight visitors, as it is spacious and surrounded by attractions such as the Euskalduna Palace, the Ria of Nervión, the Gateway of the University of Deusto, etc.

To make things easier for you, we recommend four visits and an original activity for you to enjoy your free time in the big capital of Bilbao, in the vicinity of the Hotel Vista Alegre, situated in the heart of Bilbao.

Guggenheim Museum

Hotel Vista Alegre

A work of the American architect Frank Owen Gehry, the building of the Guggenheim Museum is a magnificent example of the most state of the art 20th century architecture. This construction is a real architectural landmark of international renown thanks to its innovative design.

Inside, the museum’s collections include works from some of the most significant artists from the second half of the 20th century such as Andy Warhol, Antoni Tàpies, Eduardo Chillida, Yves Klein, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist and Clyfford Still, amongst other illustrious artists.

  • Address: Avenida de Abandoibarra, 2
  • Visiting times
  • All year round: Monday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm; closed Mondays.
  • In the months of July and August it is open every day, from Monday to Sunday, from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm.

Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts

Hotel Vista Alegre

Its collection includes over eight thousand pieces with paintings, sculptures, works on paper and applied arts, in a chronology which ranges from the 12th century to the modern day.

It houses unique and invaluable works by Goya, El Greco, Sorolla, Ribera, Romero de Torres, Zuloaga, Chillida, Tàpies, Saura, Zurbarán, Arroyo, Barceló, Van Dyck, Murillo, Gauguin, Bacon, Benson, Mandijn, Vredeman de Vries, De Vos, etc.

  • Address: Plaza del Museo 2
  • Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm; closed Monday.

Euskalduna Palace

Hotel Vista Alegre

This is the modern and spectacular Conference and Music Centre of Bilbao, awarded in 2003 as the Best Conference Centre in the World.

In this enormous multifunctional complex covering 53,000 m2 situated in the heart of Bilbao the prestigious Opera Season of the ABAO (Bilbao Opera Lovers Association) is held, as well as welcoming economic, business, institutional, social and cultural activities of all kinds.

San Mamés Football Stadium

Hotel Vista Alegre

This is a real legend for football lovers. Known by the nickname La Catedral (The Cathedral), this is the ground of Athletic Club de Bilbao and, anecdotally, the only stadium in Spain which has welcomed all the seasons of the First Division League. It can hold 40,000 spectators.

Designed by the Bilbao born architect Manuel María Smith, it opened on 21 August 1913, and is therefore about to celebrate its centenary. Inside, a major attraction is the impressive Museum of the Athletic Club.

A new ground is currently under construction in a location near the current one. The name of the new ground will be San Mamés Barria and its first phase is planned for completion in 2013.

A beach day (by metro)

Hotel Vista Alegre

Bilbao is very near the Cantabrian coast. Thanks to the metro it is possible to access the beaches of Vizcaya in very little time and return at sunset to participate in the city’s lively nightlife.

Thanks to Metro Line 1 you can reach 10 different beaches in Vizcaya on suburban public transport, although the most accessible and convenient are Sopelana and Plentzia.

Sopelana beach is a popular place for surf lovers all year round thanks to its famous waves. It has showers, bars and restaurants as well as a car park where charges apply.

Plentzia is about 25 kilometres to the north of the capital and boasts having the highest number of sunlight hours in the province.

Other links of interest

La Alhóndiga

Hotel Vista Alegre | Locations

Our hotel is located only 500 metres away from “La Alhóndiga”, an antique market that was redesigned by the prestigious designer Philipe Starck and now enjoys a modern atmosphere. It houses a library, play centre, sports area with swimming pool, bars, restaurants, cinemas and an impressive hall. This is where modernity and tradition go hand in hand in equal shares.

  • Address: Plaza Arriquibar, 4
  • Website: www.alhondigabilbao.com
  • Telephone: 944 014 014 (from Monday to Sunday from 7.00 to 23.00)
  • Opening hours:
    • From Monday to Thursday from 7.00 to 23.00
    • Friday from 7.00 to 24.00
    • Saturday from 8.30 to 24.00
    • Sunday from 8.30 to 23.00

Guggenheim Museum

Hotel Vista Alegre

A work of the American architect Frank Owen Gehry, the building of the Guggenheim Museum is a magnificent example of the most state of the art 20th century architecture. This construction is a real architectural landmark of international renown thanks to its innovative design.

Inside, the museum’s collections include works from some of the most significant artists from the second half of the 20th century such as Andy Warhol, Antoni Tàpies, Eduardo Chillida, Yves Klein, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist and Clyfford Still, amongst other illustrious artists.

  • Address: Avenida de Abandoibarra, 2
  • Visiting times
  • All year round: Monday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm; closed Mondays.
  • In the months of July and August it is open every day, from Monday to Sunday, from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm.

Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts

Hotel Vista Alegre

Its collection includes over eight thousand pieces with paintings, sculptures, works on paper and applied arts, in a chronology which ranges from the 12th century to the modern day.

It houses unique and invaluable works by Goya, El Greco, Sorolla, Ribera, Romero de Torres, Zuloaga, Chillida, Tàpies, Saura, Zurbarán, Arroyo, Barceló, Van Dyck, Murillo, Gauguin, Bacon, Benson, Mandijn, Vredeman de Vries, De Vos, etc.

  • Address: Plaza del Museo 2
  • Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm; closed Monday.

Euskalduna Palace

Hotel Vista Alegre

This is the modern and spectacular Conference and Music Centre of Bilbao, awarded in 2003 as the Best Conference Centre in the World.

In this enormous multifunctional complex covering 53,000 m2 situated in the heart of Bilbao the prestigious Opera Season of the ABAO (Bilbao Opera Lovers Association) is held, as well as welcoming economic, business, institutional, social and cultural activities of all kinds.

San Mamés Football Stadium

Hotel Vista Alegre

This is a real legend for football lovers. Known by the nickname La Catedral (The Cathedral), this is the ground of Athletic Club de Bilbao and, anecdotally, the only stadium in Spain which has welcomed all the seasons of the First Division League. It can hold 40,000 spectators.

Designed by the Bilbao born architect Manuel María Smith, it opened on 21 August 1913, and is therefore about to celebrate its centenary. Inside, a major attraction is the impressive Museum of the Athletic Club.

A new ground is currently under construction in a location near the current one. The name of the new ground will be San Mamés Barria and its first phase is planned for completion in 2013.

A beach day (by metro)

Hotel Vista Alegre

Bilbao is very near the Cantabrian coast. Thanks to the metro it is possible to access the beaches of Vizcaya in very little time and return at sunset to participate in the city’s lively nightlife.

Thanks to Metro Line 1 you can reach 10 different beaches in Vizcaya on suburban public transport, although the most accessible and convenient are Sopelana and Plentzia.

Sopelana beach is a popular place for surf lovers all year round thanks to its famous waves. It has showers, bars and restaurants as well as a car park where charges apply.

Plentzia is about 25 kilometres to the north of the capital and boasts having the highest number of sunlight hours in the province.

Other links of interest