The 10 Best Things to Do in Portugalete, Spain

March 7, 2018 Claudia Navarrete

Portugalete in Spain, from Europe region, is best know for Churches & Cathedrals. Discover best things to do in Portugalete with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Portugalete

1. Basilica de Santa Maria

C/ Santa Maria S/N, 48920 Portugalete, Spain +34 944 72 93 14
Excellent
50%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Basilica de Santa Maria

Reviewed By DP49 - Edmonds, WA

Dating back to the 15th century, this imposing, large Gothic styled church with a multi-storied bell tower is worth a visit. The interior is equally impressive and highlighted by the beautifully preserved wood altarpiece. The church is only a few minutes walk from the Vizcaya Bridge and should not be missed.

2. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Abandoibarra Et. 2, 48001 Bilbao, Spain +34 944 35 90 00
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

American architect Frank Gehry is responsible for this architectural masterpiece: this fantastic chrome and metal creation houses a large collection of modern and contemporary art, a continuation of the Guggenheim legacy.

Reviewed By Angel57 - Essex UK

The building is without doubt stunning, whether it's worth paying to enter is another thing.
I enjoyed the experience but my husband who is more of a traditionalist where art is concerned did not think much of the art installations and conceptional art exhibits.
If you are on a budget you can enjoy much of the building, the puppy, the spider etc from just walking around the site.

3. Acantilados de Azkorri

Getxo, Spain
Excellent
72%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 150 reviews

Acantilados de Azkorri

Reviewed By nikko1974UK - Maidenhead, United Kingdom

I think you can take a bus (or a taxi) to this place but I walked all the way from the Vizcaya Bridge. It's about 1.5 hour walk. You will pass through Las Arenas, then you will see the stunning mansions from early XX century, then the beach and you'll finally arrive to the cliff there you have the option to use the stairs or a lift (EU 0,20) then you have another 30 minutes walk to the actual Acantilados de Azkorri. The view to the port and to Getxo are incredible.

4. Sopelana Beach

Sopelana, Spain
Excellent
55%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 160 reviews

Sopelana Beach

Reviewed By des124 - Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

My wife and I enjoyed our last minute trip out to Sopelana Beach after exploring the sights in downtown Bilbao. Based on some of the articles and reviews we read, we expected it to be a bit more remote but appreciated that it was easy to park in an actual parking lot and not just pull off by the side of a road.
The beach had a nice mix of people sunbathing, people playing with their dogs, people Surfing and people just relaxing with a picnic watching the hang gliders/parasailers overhead. As expected, there was toplessness and full nudity an addition to bathing suits and casual clothes, but everyone was totally relaxed about it and considered it normal. The sand was clean with no trash in sight.
The walk down the hill and across the sand was easy, but back up was a bit more difficult at the end of a long day.
Absolutely worth a visit on a nice day.

5. Vizcaya Bridge

C/ Barria, N 3 - Bajo 48.930 | Bilbao, 48930 Getxo, Spain +34 944 80 10 12
Excellent
61%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Vizcaya Bridge

Reviewed By MKMapman - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Transporter Bridges are where cars and passengers are transported across the river on a suspended platform. Although there are a couple in the UK (Newport and Middlesbrough), the one just outside Bilbao is certainly worth seeing. It shuttles back and forwards with very little waiting time, and there's a souvenir shop on each side. fares for passengers are really low and the local travelcard (Barik) is also valid. The Barik card also enables you to get there by metro or train - the nearest metro stations are in Portugalete on the West side and Getxo on the East; there's a nearer RENFE suburban railway station at river level on the Portugalete side, too. It is quite a climb up the hill to Portugalete metro - but don't worry, they have installed travelators (like in airports) at street level.
There's a small passenger ferry that shuttles back and forth across the river just upstream (ie. towards Bilbao). This costs 5 cents less than the bridge and is recommended to give you view from the middle of the river. While you're in the area, it's worth walking along to the sea front in Getxo.

6. Lagun Etxea

Genaro Oraa 21, 48980 Santurtzi, Spain +34 944 61 00 06
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Lagun Etxea

Reviewed By Jpccamacho

Llegamos a picar 2 adultos y 2 niños, 20:45, hay hueco y nos sentamos en una mesa, me acerco a la barra a pedir y pregunto como se hace si son ellos los que ponen los pinchos o los cojo yo, muy amablemente el camarero me dice que como yo quiera.
2 pinchos de tortilla, 4 croquetas que pide en ese momento a la cocina para que salgan calientes, pido unos pinchos de bacalao con ajo 4 más, 2 copas de txakoli y dos botellas de agua.
Los peques empiezan a probar la tortilla, templada y jugosa, nos traen las croquetas a la mesa con una sonrisa, muy calientes y con el aspecto de las de casa, grandotas.
A los peques no les gusta demasiado el bacalao y mi mujer se acerca a la barra otra vez con ellos para que pidan lo que quieran.
Una tapa de huevo duro rebozado y una de pimiento relleno de carne, lo prueban y les encantan se lo terminan en un momento.
Pido otras dos tapas de pimiento con carne y otro txakoli el camarero otra vez tiene el detalle de pedirlas a cocina a preparar y nos la trae a la mesa.
Total 23,25 euros
Eso es lo que se llama cuidar al cliente darle ese extra de cariño, de cuidado al que no se acercan en los otros 2 lugares que también visitamos en Santurtzi, Toki y Dikeseko, tratando de ser modernos y perdiendo formas y trato, comida fría, de poca calidad, y con un atención distante.

7. Torre de Salazar

Travesia de Salazar, S/N, 48920 Portugalete, Spain +34 944 72 31 40
Excellent
31%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 22 reviews

Torre de Salazar

Reviewed By Julian E - Borriol

Casa-torre de forma cuadrángular, con cuatro plantas y cubierta típica medieval a cuatro aguas.
Perteneció a la familia de los Salazar, de Portugalete, como símbolo de poder, para poder controlar el tráfico fluvial y terrestre.
Despues de su última remodelación por parte del Ayuntamiento, se utiliza como sala de exposiciones y como restaurante de alta cocina vasca.
Visita muy interesante.

8. Jardin Botanico de Barakaldo

La Torre, 48902 Barakaldo, Spain +34 944 37 58 05
Excellent
40%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 39 reviews

Jardin Botanico de Barakaldo

Reviewed By Jaimeloos

It is a garden very nice, with a lot of tardes and flowers. The lake in the center is very confortable.

9. Puerto Viejo

Getxo, Spain
Excellent
64%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 238 reviews

Puerto Viejo

Reviewed By DP49 - Edmonds, WA

This old port of Algorta is in the municipality of Gexto. The picturesque town isn’t too large to spend an afternoon wandering the labyrinth of narrow streets taking in the waterfront views, old stone pilings, colorful houses and buildings that are hundreds of years old, as well as wonderful little tavernas and restaurants. The port is definitely worth the visit especially since it is one of the few areas that have not been spoiled by commercialism.

10. BIK

Avenida del Ballonti n01, 48920 Portugalete, Spain +34 944 72 47 89
Excellent
30%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 20 reviews

BIK

If you are looking for new sensations in a pleasant and welcoming place, give up other boring activities and press the accelerator in our circuit. The first indoor Karting in Bizkaia, located in the shopping centre Ballonti Portugalete.Excitement, speed, adrenaline, safety ... these are the words that describe the real fun.With the latest karts, with one of the longest indoor track in the state, with maximum security, with a competition track and spectacular facilities, your leisure time will never be the same.What do we offer?children’s birthday, races for groups, events for companies and drivers school. Si buscas nuevas sensaciones, en un entorno agradable y acogedor, aparca otras actividades más clásicas y pisa el acelerador en nuestro circuito, el primer Karting indoor de Bizkaia, situado en el centro comercial Ballonti de Portugalete. Emoción, velocidad, adrenalina, seguridad… esas son las palabras que definen la auténtica diversión.Con los karts más modernos, con una de las pistas más largas del estado, con la máxima seguridad, con un trazado de auténtica competición y unas instalaciones espectaculares, tu tiempo de ocio no volverá a ser igual.¿Qué te ofrecemos?Cumpleaños infantiles, carreras de grupos, eventos para empresas, escuela de pilotos.

Reviewed By gaueko_ubi - Bilbao, Spain

Resulta un paseo muy agradable: la ría, el parque de la Canilla y sobre todo el Puente Vizcaya de fondo. Imprescindible en Portugalete

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