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With 150 kilometers of coast and four provinces furnished by a diverse landscape, there is more to enjoy in the region than just the famous Rioja wines!

Enjoy the Sanfermines in Pamplona (July), feasts of La Blanca in Vitoria (July), the San Mateo wine harvest festival in Logroño (September), the Bilbao Great Week (August) the San Sebastián Film Festival (September), the biggest left wave in Mundaka or the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Experience the culture and music of the area and take in a bullfight or two.

In La Rioja you can follow the Route of the Monasteries (Monasteries of Suso and Yuso, World Heritage sites) http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/805

Accommodation and Restaurants

Choose from luxury hotels to quiet rural caserios, from seaside locations to the mountain areas. Whether you're looking for traditional dishes, nouvelle cuisine, or typical "pintxos", visitors can choose from an infinite number of restaurants, because in Bilbao-Rioja, gastronomy is more than a good dinner, it's a delicious art.

Transportation 

Air Travel

Bilbao Airport is connected with Madrid and many other Spanish cities and connects with the other eight cities of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network by international flight destinations to: Amsterdam, Brussels, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Lisbon, London (Heathrow and Stansted), Manchester, Munich, Paris (CDG), Roma (Fiumicino), and Stuttgart.

Aerotaxi Service

BKS. Tel: 34 902-105090
BilboAir. Tel: 34 94 4 471 1559
Aerolink. Tel: 34 94 4538390

Airport Shuttle Transportation

Catch the bus no. A3247 and it will take you from Bilbao Airport to the city. Departures from Bilbao to the airport are from 5:25 to 21:55, and from the airport to Bilbao are from 6:15 to 23.15, every 30 minutes. Price: 1,20 €uro per person. Buses drop passengers off at Plaza Moyua, just in the city centre.

Railway Transportation

Renfe (National Railway Network) links with the main Spanish cities and with the High Speed Train (TGV) in France through the International Railway Station at Irun.

http://www.renfe.es/  (information and reservations  Tel: 34 902 240202)
http://www.euskotren.es/  (Links with San Sebastian)

Subway

Two lines go through the Metropolitan Area of Bilbao from the rural side of the town to the seacoast.
http://www.metrobilbao.net/

Tramway

The Tramway links the most interesting points in Bilbao (Old-Town, Guggenheim Museum, Fine-Arts Museum, Congress Center).
www.euskotren.es/euskotran

Bus

The Station Complex on Termibus, in Bilbao, is the central hub for all the intercity buses and other national and international connections.
Termibus Gurtubai, 1 - Tel: 34 94 4395077, http://www.termibus.es/ 
Logroño bus station. Avda. España 1 - Tel: 34 941 235983
Pamplona bus station. Tel: 34 948 217012
Vitoria bus station. Tel: 34 945 258400

Car Rental

All major companies national or international are present in the whole area (Avis, Atesa Aeropuerto, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, etc.)

Taxi

The region’s taxis are distinctively white with an identifying light. Regular taximeters are used but once outside urban boundaries, the service is charged by the kilometer, and includes the price of the driver's return trip to his starting point.

  • Radio Taxi Bilbao. Tel: 34  94 444 8888
  • Tele Taxi. Bilbao Tel: 34  94 410 2121
  • Radio Taxi Logroño. Tel: 34 941 505050
  • Radi Taxi Pamplona. Tel: 34 948 351335
  • Limutaxi Pamplona.  Tel: 34 948 310808   http://www.limutaxisl.com
  • Radio Taxi Vitoria. Tel: 34 4 945 273500

Maritime Transportation

Port of Bilbao http://www.bilbaoport.es/
Ferry Bilbao-Portsmouth: P&O ferries - http://www.poferries.com/ 
Ferry Bilbao-Porstmouth: Transmediterránea line - http://www.trasmediterranea.es/ 

Winery Tours

Alava wineries http://www.alavaincoming.com/
http://www.rutasdelvinorioja.com/ 
www.lariojaturismo.com/agencias_receptivo
http://www.romotur.com/ 
http://www.entrevinos.org/ 

Meetings and Conferences

The region holds a high number of international corporate events and trade fairs every year.
Bilbao Convention Bureau http://www.bilbao.net/
Vitoria www.vitoria-gasteiz.org/bwturismo
Logroño Convention Bureau http://www.lrcb.es/ 
Pamplona Convention Bureau http://www.pamplonaconvention.com/ 

Museums

Discover the traditions, culture and events that have shaped the country and its inhabitants. Visit museums ranging from the historical to the fine arts.

GWC Blog

July 23, 2014
This post, written by Beth Daltony, is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers Program...