Group travel to Bilbao

Dream-like yet dynamic: Bilbao boasts accessible culture

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 Are you looking for the ideal incentive-trip destination that offers history, conferences with culture and culinary events? Then Bilbao is the perfect place for your group. You can savour traditional and modern pintxos snacks, try out Basque traditions such as the pelota ball game, or be a shepherd for a day.

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MICE destination Bilbao: Experience the history, discover the culture

Culture, contemporary art and cuisine. Bilbao is a city that appeals to all the senses. Located directly on the Estuary of Bilbao, the Spanish metropolis will delight MICE groups with an itinerary that is both historic and uplifting. It has accessible history, a special way of life, imposing skyscrapers and the modern Guggenheim Museum that create a stark contrast to the rest of the city, which has been influenced by its industrial past.

Bilbao is both dynamic and dream-like. The port city beckons you to come and explore. At any time of the year. Mild temperatures of up to 14 degrees Celsius make the Basque Country an attractive destination for MICE trips – even in winter, when it arguably shows its most beautiful side. From November onwards, when towns and hills are shrouded in mystical mists, MICE groups can bottle-feed newborn lambs, milk sheep, make soap from whey and cheese from soured milk, and understand why Bilbao has retained its rustic charm. For those who want to discover the coast, there is the rocky island of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. The only way to reach it from the mainland is by a stone bridge with 241 steps, where you'll feel at one with the winds and stormy seas.

History is important to the unofficial capital of the Basque Country. Traditions are kept alive here. For example pelota, a Basque ball game with pointed baskets; speaking Euskara, Europe's oldest surviving language; and ensuring pintxos are never called tapas. Visitors are welcome to participate in these traditions. MICE groups are only too happy to take up this offer, organising pelota tournaments, taking part in pintxos cookery courses or trying out the countless variations of appetizers on a tour of the Las Siete Calles Old Town.

Culinary innovations. In addition to traditional dishes, there is now a multitude of modern interpretations and fascinating ways of serving food. The Nautic Gourmet for example combines river cruises in small boats with dinner and show cooking events. Barbecuing in the middle of the boat? No problem at all. In Bilbao, it seems anything is possible. Nowadays there are modern twists on pintxos, such as blood sausage volcano with egg yolk, which just goes to show that modern art is woven into the city's culture. The people welcome change and enjoy balancing the two worlds and the wide array of choice. This all makes Bilbao an enticing MICE destination.

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RECOMMENDED ACTIVITIES:

  • Nautic Gourmet experience: Cruise on the Estuary of Bilbao in small boats including dinner, show cooking and/or drinks
  • Pelota tournament (Basque ball game with pointed baskets)
  • Shepherding for a day. Includes (depending on season/booking) milking, shearing, cooking, soap workshop, feeding the lambs Pintxos cooking course or a pintxos tour of the city
  • Excursion to the famous rock island of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe on the Basque coast (50 minutes drive)
  • Visit to the Guggenheim Museum

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INTERESTING FACTS: Bilbao is a host city for the 2021 European Football Championship. Find out more about EURO2021 flights.

CONTACT: Bilbao Turismo & Convention Bureau | website: www.bilbao.eus/conventionbureau | email: bicb@bilbaoturismo.bilbao.net

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