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Campervan hire Bilbao

Once an iron industrial giant, Bilbao decided to forge a different fate, becoming an even bigger city in art, architecture and gastronomy – a melting pot that turned a city of steel into a city of style

 

The biggest city in Spain's Basque Country is also the destination of your next big adventure: a campervan road trip. Once you hire a campervan or motorhome in Bilbao and drive around the city, you’ll instantly notice the scars left by the 20th century, when industry ruled with an iron fist. But scars make the man, and Bilbao’s past gives the city an urban edge, while radically-new buildings like the outstanding (and out-of-this-world!) Guggenheim Museum show a city reinventing itself. Bilbao’s lively gastronomy came up along with the city’s newly-found identity, taking the best from the past and evolving it with and a new generation taking over the city. The many cool bars and street art spread all around show just that. That said, what are you waiting for? Go for a campervan hire in Bilbao, one of Spain's most special cities, and explore a renewed artistic city that never forgot its past.

 

Practical Information

Depot + Transfer

Our depot is located in Zamudio, at only 15 minutes from Bilbao’s city centre and at 10 minutes from Bilbao Airport (BIO).

Are you starting a campervan road trip in Bilbao? If you arrive by airplane, we’ll pick you up at Bilbao Airport (BIO) and take you to our depot, where we’ll get you familiar with your rental RV. After returning your van at our Bilbao depot, we’ll drive you back to the airport. Free of charge in regular hours, of course.

Parking in the city

Parking your campervan or motorhome in Bilbao’s city centre (especially for free) isn’t easy, but there are plenty of solutions for you. Leave your van at a camping site or park it in Bilbao’s outskirts for cheap parking (or even for free at the entrance to the funicular of Artxanda, which you can take to reach the city).

Camping grounds nearby

Near Bilbao, you’ll find a few camping sites to stay overnight with your campervan. Camping & Bungalows Portuondo is one of them, as well as Camping Arrien Gorliz, and Camping Laredo. They may not be exactly in the city centre, but some of them are close and have everything you’d want from a camping site.

 

About Bilbao

Bilbao is an exciting mix of art, architecture, gastronomy and natural scenery in one unique city more than capable to make of your road trip an unforgettably-diverse experience. Not convinced? Scroll to find a photo of the Guggenheim Museum on this page. Go ahead, we’re waiting! 1, 2, 3… Good, now you understand the dimension of genius concentrated in this building––and we’re not talking exclusively about the astonishing architecture. Inside the Guggenheim Museum, you’ll find 19 galleries with temporary exhibitions of contemporary art from all over the world.

After visiting the building that put Bilbao back on the international map, walk around Casco Viejo, the old core of Bilbao originally defended by city walls (which were removed in the late 1800’s) that today is full of boutiques, bars and restaurants. The nearby Arriaga Theatre, a neo-Baroque palace from the late-19th century, will have you stop for a few photos. Right across the river you’ll find Campos Eliseos Theatre, a blend of neo-Mudéjar and Art Nouveau design. Bilbao has more ancient gems, like the 14th-century gothic Cathedral of St. James. Artxanda lookout, a 244-meter-high scenic viewpoint over the north side of the city, is another unmissable stop. Other than that, Bilbao is all about nature, surrounded by rolling mountains and natural parks like the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve. Rent a motorhome in Bilbao and explore the region’s natural part through beautiful hikes from Zarautz to Zumaia, or Jaïzkibel to Cap du Figuier. Or go for a romantic stroll in Parque Natural de Gorbeia. There’s much more going on in the incredibly-rich Basque region, like the waves of Mundaka and the hermitage of Gaztelugatxe, but we’ll leave that up to you to discover in your campervan.  

 

What to discover

In and around the city

Vizcaya Bridge

A piece of late-19th-century engineering and UNESCO World Heritage site that is worthy of your attention. Basically, it’s a transporter bridge (the first one of the kind made of metal) where pedestrians and vehicles are transported from one bank to the other via a hanging gondola, suspended beneath a trolley with 36 wheels. Besides being a cool piece of practical ingenuity, it’s a must for all the curious travellers.

Guggenheim Museum

Welcome to the museum where you’ll be spending as much time looking at the building instead of being in it. Designed by Frank Gehry and completed in 1997, this museum put Bilbao on the world map once again with its sinuous lines and titanium and glass covering. This ambitious building is home to 19 galleries of contemporary art––which will be awesome to visit if you’ll able to take your eyes off of its outside.

Playa de Azkorri

We know the Atlantic waters can be really cold. But after seeing this place you can’t be bothered with details like water temperature. Playa de Azkorri is a beautiful beach all year long, and it’s only a 25 minute away drive from the city. Between June and September is perfect for a summer escape––and if you decide to visit it on another time, you’ll not be disappointed by its stunning grassy cliffs.

 

Recommended locations

Vitoria

Just 45 minutes away from Bilbao is Vitoria. That said, if you want to hire a campervan in Vitoria - the Basque Country’s capital - why not pick up your Indie van in Bilbao and enjoy a cool 45-minute drive through valleys and mountains? Once you arrive at the capital of the Basque Autonomous Community, you’ll have plenty to explore: the Gothic Santa María Cathedral, located in the medieval quarter; the 17th-century Plaza de la Virgen Blanca; a walkway that connects the medieval district to the new part of the city, called Los Arquillos; a playing cards museum, the Fournier Card Museum, placed inside the 16th-century Bendaña Palace; and Parque de la Florida, a 19th-century park with French inspirations full of trees, hills caves and waterfalls. If you feel like exploring the natural part of this region, take your van up to Salburua, a wetland habitat on the outskirts of the city, where lakes, meadows and oak groves will be waiting for you.

Pamplona

Hiring a campervan in Pamplona was never this easy. Just get your Indie motorhome in Bilbao and then drive less than 2 hours until you reach Pamplona. Stop along the way for great views and cool experiences in Urkiola Natural Park or Parque Natural Aralar. Arrive at Pamplona to find a marvellous city blessed with Hemingway’s words, the city of the incredibly-insane San Fermin festival, when running bulls are set loose in the middle of the streets. If you’d love to run for your life, make sure you visit Pamplona from July 6 to 14. Other than that, the historical capital city of the brutally independent Kingdom of Navarre is a great place to explore: medieval landmarks are all over the place, from Plaza del Castillo in the old town to the Catedral Santa María. Visit Museum de Navarra with all its ancient Roman mosaics and paintings from the Renaissance, and the typical Plaza de Toros from where you can spot a monument dedicated to Ernest Hemingway, whose novel “The Sun Also Rises” was inspired by this enchanted city.

Logroño

Less than one and a half hour from Bilbao, there are more than enough reasons to do a campervan hire in Logroño. And we’re not saying this only because this is wine and-tapas country, no, no! The city is a gem made of narrow streets and hidden corners revealing new surprises wherever you go. It’s also a stop on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela and its Pilgrims Fountain. Visit all this city’s churches, like the Cathedral of Santa María de la Redonda, Santiago Church, Church of San Bartolomé, and Church of Santa María de Palacio. Next, walk around the Cubo del Revellín fort, connected to the fragments of the ancient city walls and enjoy the views over the River Ebro from Ebro Park. Religions aside, this place is heavenly!

 

Depot Contacts

Phone: +351308 809 080

Email: [email protected]

Address: Ugaldeguren Kalea 1, B2, Bajo, 4A - 48160 Derio, Bizkaia, Spain

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