Thinking of which city to do your Erasmus? Maybe thinking going on to Bilbao? This post will help you have a better overview and decide if what you are looking for is always to have a plan, as it happens in the beautiful Bilbao.

One of the most touristic cities in Spain, due to its many leisure possibilities throughout the year. Winner of the “The Urbanism Award 2018”, ranking above Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Vienna (Austria).

 A contrast of mountains, beach and old streets, which make Bilbao a special place. Furthermore, having an isolated language such as Basque, the official language along with Spanish in the Basque Country.

 In addition to its excellent cultural and sports life, Bilbao has a very good public service that will guarantee your comfort at all times.

Here are seven reasons why Bilbao could be your perfect Erasmus city.

City review

I would recommend you Bilbao if…

🌅You cannot live without the mountains and the sea
🏢You like architecture
🤸You are an adventurer

I would not recommend you Bilbao if…

🚶You like to move on foot (without taking public transport)
💸Looking for not spending much money

Prices

🛏Room → 325 €
🍺Beer 0,5L → 2.20 €
🍽Menu → 12.00 €

Weather

🌧 Windy and cold winter
🔥 Nice summers
🌡️ Annual average is 14.3 ° C

The People

 🥰 Lovely and open

Gastronomy

Main courses
🥘Bacalao al pil
🍱Pintxos
🍄Txampis
🍲Callos a la vizcaína
🐙Txipirones en su tinta

Dessert
🥖Pantxineta
🍮Goxua

Top 5 most representative monuments 

🌉 Puente de San Antón
🏗 Puente de Vizcaya
🏛 Palacio de Chávarri
🌉 Puente de Deusto
⛪ La Catedral de Santiago

1.  Cost of living

If you choose to live your Erasmus experience in this city, you must be clear that the costs will be high. The evolution and economic stability of Bilbao make it a very expensive city. So much so, that it is fourth in the list of most expensive cities in Spain, just behind Madrid, San Sebastián and Barcelona.

In the case of renting a room in a shared apartment, prices can range from a minimum of 300 to 400 euros. If you are not sure about your expenses and how to manage your finances, we have 7 essential apps that can help you live a better experience in Spain.

2. The weather

Being close to the Cantabrian Sea, the climate of Bilbao is temperate oceanic. With rains at various times of the year, regardless of the season, so there really is no definite dry season.

Winter

Although it rains in this city on several occasions of the year, in winter the snowfalls only occur on the tops of nearby mountains. Also, this season lasts around 3.8 months, from November to March.

  • Average minimum temperature 5 ° C
  • Average maximum temperature 12 ° C

Summer

It begins around the middle of June and ends at the end of September, lasting 3 months. A cool climate without very high temperatures during this time.

  • The average minimum temperature 22 ° C
  • The maximum average temperature 17 ° C

3. The Gastronomy

If you like to eat very well, Bilbao is the ideal city to do your Erasmus. With Michelin stars, awards of excellence for restaurants and hotels, gastronomy in the Basque Country is one of the most complete in Europe.

Some of its typical dishes are:

  •         Txampis: mushrooms stuffed with ham a mixture of parsley and oil on top.
  •         Bacalao Pill: a clay pot with cod, olive oil, garlic and chili peppers.

Hare is a list of restaurants you might like:

  •         Pentxo restaurant – Calle Belosticalle, 20 – Large portions and good service
  •         Asador Ibañez de Bilbao – Ibañez de Bilbao Kalea, 6 – Variety and typical dishes.
  •         Sorginzulo – Plaza nueva, 12 – They offer a classic pintxo bar

However, it is impossible to talk about typical food without mentioning the pintxos. While in the rest of Spain they have tapas, the Basque country has a different appetizer, which usually has cheese, figs or blood sausage, honey, quail and bacon.

A perfect plan to start an Erasmus party weekend. In any bar you can find it, especially on Thursdays they offer good deals with drinks included, txikito (a small glass of wine) or a beer, which usually start at seven in the afternoon until half past ten. Prices range from 3 to 4 euros.

One of the best known areas to go out for pintxos are:

  • Casco Viejo: in Plaza Nueva, Santa María, Somera, Unamuno, Jardines y los cantones
  • Guggenheim: in streets like Mazarredo, Lersundi, Iparraguirre, Henao etc.
  • Deusto: in the streets of Lehendakari Aguirre or Blas de Otero, among others, there are many places that offer quality pintxos.

4. Surf

The Bilbao area has first class waves, including the world famous Mundaka and Punta Galea, stop for the Big Waves World Tour. If you have not given this sport the opportunity, this would be the moment, you will always find schools and people learning.

However, it would be logical to deduce that its beaches are full of surfers, but they are not. Especially in winter you may have high cliffs, golden sands, and pristine waves just for you.

Here we leave you the best:

  • Las Arenas beach.
  • Ereaga beach.
  • Arrigunaga beach.
  • Gorrondatxe beach – Aizkorri.
  • Barinatxe beach – La Salvaje.

5. Architecture

With the construction of the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao was at the forefront of the world in urban creation and renovation, attracting thousands of tourists each year. A beautiful city where you walk, recognized in 2010 with one of the best awards for urban planning, Lee Kaun Yew World City Prize.

If you like architecture or are interested during your Erasmus stay, you will find large buildings, such as the Puente de la Salve, the Athletic Club de Bilbao stadium, the Pedro Arrupe Catwalk, the Bilbao Arena, the complex of buildings and the Puente de Isokaki Atea.

6. Public transport

If you decide of going on Erasmus to Bilbao you should know that the city of Bilbao is one of the cities that offers the best public transport services. In it you can move using Metro, Bilbobus, Tram, Renfe, or Taxi. There is even a universal public transport card called Barik that you can buy at any station, tobacconist or kiosk that have the Barik badge.

The card, which can be anonymous or personalized, has a price of € 3

 Metro Bilbao

It runs through the main points of the city, as well as different municipalities in Bizkaia. The means of transport most used by people of Bilbao for its speed and its lines, which allow travelers to access beaches and towns within the metropolitan area.

  •  € 5 → Minimum charge
  • € 90 → Maximum charge
  • Occasional ticket price vs Barik price
    • 1 Zona = 1.50€   –   1 Zona = 0.87€
    • 2 Zonas = 1.70€   –   2 Zonas = 1.04€
    • 3 Zonas = 1,75€   –   3 Zonas = 1,15€

Bilbobus

Bilbao Urban buses run through all the neighborhoods of the city. Just as they offer night buses on weekends, known as Gautxoris, which run on Fridays until 2.00 and on Saturdays all night

Eusko Tran

  • € 1.35 → Occasional ticket price
  • € 0.64 → Barik price

7. Party or…chill night

Definitely, if you like to have fun it has a lot to offer, with very good discos and music, your nights will be unforgettable as an Erasmus student in Bilbao.

Party

Next to the estuary of the city you can enjoy the Bilbao festival, a space of always and the most demanded spaces in the city.

The discos that we recommend:

  • Sala Sonora – Ribera de Axpe Etorbidea, 27
  • Sala Fever – Polígono Industrial Santa Ana, Telleria Kalea, 27
  • Rock Star – Don Diego López Haroko Kale Nagusia

Chill

If, on the other hand, you want to enjoy a drink and a good chat, Bilbao has a long list of places with a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere to offer you.

  • El Brass – Licenciado Poza, 27 – A tapas bar and restaurant with original and international cuisine that adapts to every moment of the day
  • The Cotton Club – Gregorio de la Revilla Zumarkalea, 25 – One of the most popular pubs and music venues for folk and indie music in Bilbao.
  • Twiggy – Urkixo Zumarkalea, 37 – A pub, tapas bar and restaurant characterized by its Hindu-inspired decor and relaxed and relaxed atmosphere.
Warning places

⚠️ Warnings

You do not have to fear for your safety, it is a happy and safe city. Though, there are neighborhoods, you must avoid:

  • Otxarkoaga
  • San Francisco 
  • Las Cortes

Time to close the post

Do you think Bilbao adapts to be your Erasmus city? If so, I hope the blog has helped you. And if you have been there, let us know your comments and suggestions! Greetings Erasmuser 🙂

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