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Casco Viejo

Calla Zabalbide, 48005 Bilbao, Spain (Bilbo Zaharra)
94 415 16 33
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Ranked #3 of 49 Attractions in Bilbao
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, Dining
Owner description: An old, pleasant neighborhood best known for its open-air food...
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, Dining
Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Owner description: An old, pleasant neighborhood best known for its open-air food markets, where shoppers can buy some of the freshest and best-tasting fruit and vegetables in Europe.
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Castlemaine, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The laneways of the old city are captivating with wonderful examples of architecture, history and culture at almost every turn. Make sure you visit after dark, and after 9pm, when the locals come out to socialise and to indulge in some wonderful food and wine. Each laneway has its own group of bars and afficianados so follow the locals to... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Families with children walk around at night on week-ends, the narrow streets are full of young people having drinks and enjoying themselves without the usual drunken scenes that you see in other cities, children play alone in the streets during the day, restaurants have great, cheap food, and are not tourist traps.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We stayed in apartment right in the heart of the Casco Viejo and felt the slow heartbeat of this lovely place. Take your time to explore the food, buildings, sounds, etc.... You may get lost in the narrow streets for a while but you will love every moment.

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Caerleon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Far too many good bars/restaurants to name, great fun trying to find your way around. By far the nicest area of Bilbao and the highlight of our 3 day visit. By the 3rd day we didn't want to be anywhere else and although reluctant to leave this lovely area a 3 day stay is enough. Highly recommend staying at Caravan-Cinema.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Cosy, lovely, clean, pleasant, ... :-) Pleasant clean little streets to walk through with various little cosy shops where people were at all times very friendly and helpful. And one should certainly pay attention at the variety of beautiful buildings.

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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We stayed in an apartment in the Casco viejo...and you end up having to close the windows so the cigarrate smokes from the restaurants below dont get into your rooms. The streets always seem to be dirty although the City has them cleaning every night!

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Full of brilliant pintxos bars at night where there is no need to stay longer than a drink and a couple of pintxos before moving on. There are restaurants as well. During the day, lovely to wander the streets, get lost and find yourself coming back the other way.

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Lovely to wander around. Lots to do and see. And eat! Pintxos were fab! Lots of families are around and about which adds to the friendly atmosphere

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Among the nicer "old city" areas we have seen. Clean, reasonably open and obviously well cared for. Not completely taken over by tourist shops. There is also a very nice park along the river with several cafes. The Ribera Market is there too but closed the day we were there

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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Guggenheim wasn't open when we were there but the outside is fantastic. A lovely walk back from the old city by the river in the evening. This city was much better than we expected and well worth a visit.

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