LOCATION

Tips for Bilbao

LANGUAGES

The Basque Country has two official languages: Spanish and Basque (called Euskera). Signs on roads, in the airport, official institutions and on streets will be in both languages.

PUBLIC WIFI

In many streets you will be able to access Internet through the City Hall public system [Bilbao Wifi]. 

SAFETY AND SECURITY

The phone number for all kinds of emergencies, such as urgent medical care, ambulances, police and firefighters is 112. Please, remember to confirm before departing abroad that your insurance policy covers you in Europe. 

ELECTRICITY

Spanish plugs have 2 round pins and are 220 Volt, 50Hz. You should consider what type of adaptor you need if you are taking electrical items with you. Also if you are taking a computer with you, get a transformer if your voltage is 110 – 120V since the higher voltage will probably burn out whatever is plugged directly into it, unless specifically designed for 220 volts.

CURRENCY

The euro is Spain’s currency. 

TIMING FOR SHOPPING AND EATING

Meals:
The usual times for meals are: Breakfast: from 8:00 to 10:00 h. 
Lunch: from 13:30 to 15:00 h.  Dinner: from 20:30 to 22:30 h.
Smoking is not permitted in the bars or cafes.

Banks:
Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 14:00 h.

Shops:
Shops open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 13:30/14:00 h. and from 16:30 to 20:00 h. Shopping centres, large department stores and some shops do not close at midday and are open until 22:00 h. Shops do not open on Sundays.

Museums:
Guggenheim: Open Monday to Sunday
Bellas Artes: Open  Wednesday to Monday