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Bilbao shopping, travel & hotels – Brittany Ferry to Spain

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Latitude: 43.26837. Longitude: -2.947049

Some useful information on restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and shops in Bilbao, which we have collated from various sources for ferry travellers to Bilbao.

PO Ferries operated this route until 27th September 2010. Brittany Ferries started a new service in the summer of 2011.

However from Spring 2010, Brittany Ferries will operate two crossing a week, using its luxury cruise ferry Cap Finistere. Existing services currently available for travel to Spain are the twice weekly Portsmouth to Santander, and weekly Plymouth to Santander crossings.

Spain Ferries

Book a ferry to Santander

The port of Santurtzi, where ferries dock, is a short drive from the town of Bilbao. There is bus service into Bilbao as well as a train that runs every 20 minutes.

Downloadable map (pdf).

All about mini cruises

Holiday France Direct (Brittany Ferries holiday company). france direct or telephone 0871 244 1245.

Holiday France Direct

Brittany Ferries

Related site pages

Channel ports in France & Spain (summary) – BoulogneBrugesCaenCalaisCherbourgDieppeDunkerqueDoverLe HavreLilleOstendRoscoffSantanderSt. Malo

Hotels in Bilbao

Book a hotel in Bilbao

Bilbao Markets

The Mercado de la Ribera, one of the largest covered markets in Europe, is one of the areas outstanding features.

Shopping centres

– Centro Comercial Bidarte, Av. Lehendakari Agirre, 29. 48014 Bilbao (Vizcaya). Tel: 0034 94 475 21 21.

– Centro Comercial Gran Vïa, Gran Via, 38 4º. 48009, Bilbao (Vizcaya). Tel: 0034 944 23 72 47.

– El Corte Inglés, C/ Ercilla, 24. 48001 Bilbao (Vizcaya). Tel: 0034 94 425 35 00.

– Vialia Estación de Abando, Circular plaza, 2. 48001 Bilbao (Vizcaya). Tel: 0034 94 487 93 71.

Bilbao Shopping

There are four main shopping areas in Bilbao;

Old Town "Casco Viejo"

The oldest shopping area in Bilbao. The Mercado de la Ribera is one of the largest covered markets in Europe. The old town has a public car park, together with some of best eating and tapas places in the city.


The streets of Indautxu especially Rodriguez Arias, Plaza de Campuzano, Alameda Urquijo. This shopping area has the advantage of being lively, above all in the Licenciado Poza bar area. Two underground stations, Indautxu and San Mamés, mean that it can be easily reached from the other parts of the city.


This area is home of some large department stores, major clothes shops, famous dressmakers, antique shops, bookshops. Around the Plaza Moyúa, where the Gran Via and Ercilla and Elcano streets meet, the most important international fashion names can be found: CK – Calvin Klein, Gucci, Loewe, Benetton, etc.

Supermarkets near Bilbao


Tobacco Shops – Bilbao


Tobacco in Spain

Useful Outside links

portsmouth port – Portsmouth Port Authority.

bilbao port – Port of Bilbao.

weather for France – Weather in Bilbao.

Tourist Offices.

Bilbao Tourist Office.

Ferry news from the Ferry industry magazine.

Ferry news from Ferry Publication magazine.

Ferry news from Lloyds List.


Shipping Forecast – Met Office.

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