We have returned (when I say we I mean, me, my husband and my Guinee Pig) a weak ago from vacation. We have traveled from Grenoble, France to Spain, by car.
In first place we wanted to go to Malaga, but because it was too hot, we decided to go to Bilbao, near the Atlantic ocean.
We have found a special offer, for the hotel, at the Abba Parque Hotel, right in the center of Bilbao. The hotel was clean, nice, with all the average facilities. Most of all I liked that it was clean. The hotel personnel was not very friendly, but they were ok. The hotel was not very expensive, 71 euros per night, which I think it was acceptable.
The parking in Bilbao is very expensive, 10, 90 euros for 5 hours, to park outside. The underground parking starts from 16 euros to 20 euros per day. What is good to know is that the outside parking, in the afternoon (from 13h) is free, for the month of august.
What I disliked, is that in Bilbao people, from the Information tourist point, are not very good with the explanations. Sometimes it is better to ask those which are on the street. In short, if you want to find something or go somewhere you have to find it yourself, or ask the people who are walking on the street. This is why we found, the beach, which is in Plentzia (45 min away with the subway from the center of Bilbao) 4 days after we arrived in Bilbao. And this because it was logical to be there. Not because the people who are payed to explain you that are doing their jobs.
So, what is nice to visit there is the small village, Bermeo, which is at 20 km from Bilbao (if you go with the bus you will make 1h and a half), and is right next to the ocean, and of course, the small church, on an island, San Juan de Guatelugatxe (you can go there, by taking the bus from Bermeo to Bakio). This place is absolutely magnificent.
In short, the trip to Bilbao was ok, but there are things which could have been a lot easier if the personnel who is trained and payed to help the tourists were be doing their jobs.