This is my second experience with Bilbao Greeters, and there are not words enough to express my gratitude and appreciation for this amazing organization. I went on a tour with Bilbao Greeters during the final days of my last visit, and they persuaded me that I needed to return to this amazing region and city. I am so glad that I did, and I am so glad that the first thing I did when planning this trip was to make arrangements with Bilbao Greeters.
During the five days that I spent in Bilbao, the Greeters assisted me every day, making suggestions about where to eat (even writing down menu items to help us avoid an allergy so all we had to do was present the slip of paper at the restaurant). sites to see, how to navigate the public transportation system, festivals to attend, and of course insights into the history and culture that make this city and region great.
Most of all, Bilbao Greeters is a wonderful way to meet sincerely warm and engaging people. I appreciated the time that I spent with the people that I was introduced to more than anything. Jaizki, Marivi, Marta, and Amaia all went to great pains to make my time in Bilbao the best kind of travel experience and they will treat you like an old friend. Time always flies by with a Bilbao Greeter, so be prepared to spend more time or want to spend more time that you would have thought.
A few suggestions. Book early and include any special interests you may have on your booking form. They are genuine about providing you with a guide who is a good match and time and information help them to do this. Leave a little bit of extra time for the guide to take you in unexpected directions – this is where the good food and the great memories are made. Don’t hesitate to ask a lot of questions. I didn’t want to “waste time” asking about practical things in the beginning, but found little things like buying the right kind of ticket for the bus and tram can really make a difference. Most of all, if you have a positive experience, please consider as generous a donation to Bilbao Greeters as you can afford. The service that they provide really can’t be bought, and the future of this amazing organization depends on people recognizing how worthwhile it is.
Bilbao Greeters makes Basque Country a guaranteed place to have an experience of a lifetime. If you are considering a trip to Bilbao, contact them and be prepared to want to keep coming back.
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