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Useful Information for your Stay in Bilbao

WHEN BEST TO GO

Information for Bilbao

Like most regions in Spain, summers in Bilbao are hot with temperatures averaging between 24C° to 26C°. The Basque country is very popular with Spanish tourists, especially in August when traffic is at its worst. Autumn is a particularly beautiful time to visit, when the fall leaves provide a stunning carpet for country walks.

LOCAL CUSTOMS

First and foremost, we recommend the elite traveler keep in mind the political tensions around Basque nationalism. Many Bilbao citizens prefer to be referred to as Basque – not Spanish – and will speak the Basque language. It’s always best to err on the side of caution and refrain from wearing items like the Spanish national football shirt, or other emblems associated with Spain.

ATTIRE

Similarly to other Western European areas, Western-style dress is the norm throughout the city. We advise some modesty when visiting religious sites, and many restaurants will require formal dress; for men this may mean wearing a jacket, but seldom a tie. If in doubt, we recommend you check with your concierge.

LANGUAGE

Spanish, Basque and English spoken

CURRENCY

EURO

EXCHANGE RATE

$1 = EUR 0.69
£1 = EUR 1.13

COUNTRY DIALLING CODE

+34

24 HOUR EMERGENCYCONTACT

Ambulance: 112
Fire: 112
Police: 112

EMBASSY CONTACTS

British Consulate +34 90 210 9356

TIME ZONE

GMT +1hr

POPULATION

353,000

Business HOURS

Most shops open at 10am and close at 2pm for a siesta, before reopening at 4pm and finally closing between 7 and 8pm.