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    Bilbao?

    Just wondering if anyone has been to Bilbao and can recomend some sights bars, clubs etc. Heading there for a week in july for the Bilbao BBk music festival €81 for a 3 day camping ticket not bad(see link below)Will also have 3 days in Bilbao when festival not on.
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    It's a pretty cool spot. It's a nice city, fairly compact city centre. The people are really friendly and love the Irish. It doesn't feel like Spain really, but they do have pintxos, which are pretty similar to tapas.

    Word of advice though, it's dead mid-week. We went from Saturday-Wednesday. Saturday was busy enough, but it was dead the rest of the time. The streets are empty at night. A bar man said that unless there's some occasion happening (which may be the case for you), the Basques don't go out during the week.
    I can't remember places where we went, it was a few years ago now, but Cafe Iruña was. It's a cracker looking bar, sort of Middle Eastern decor inside.

    Ye may want to take in Santander, it seems busier, apparently it's mad craic in the summer. And learn how to ask for a beer in Basque, ye'll get a smile for it.
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    cheers for the info
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    A few mates went two years ago and loved it. They had been touring around northern Spain and took in a few cities, half them said Bilbao was the best.
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    For a day trip, Gernika is a nice spot with a lot of history.

    I think it's only half an hour by bus but I can't remember for certain.
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    Which lanuage is spoken most in Bilbao, basque or spanish?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neish View Post
    Which lanuage is spoken most in Bilbao, basque or spanish?
    Spanish, but ye'll notice loads of Basque being spoken. Young people seem to speak more Basque than older people, but all the ones who speak Basque also speak Spanish, albeit not stanard Castilian. Roads signs, etc. are all bilingual.
    No-one expects ye to speak any Basque, which is why even a wee bit seems to be appreciated. The only thing I got 'told off' about was calling it Bilbao. It's Bilbo in Basque.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brendy_éire View Post
    . The only thing I got 'told off' about was calling it Bilbao. It's Bilbo in Basque.
    Must remember that one.
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