A visit to Bilbao is not complete without a trip to the medieval neighborhood of Casco Viejo, or Las Siete Calles; translating to Old Town or Seven Streets respectively. It is also known as Las Siete Calles since these were the seven streets that formed the original Old Town and date back to the 1400s. Until the end of the 19th century, Casco Viejo was the walled part of the town. Casco Viejo is still the heart of the city and is incredibly lively, with its charming streets and numerous restaurants and quirky shops. The narrow streets found here are mostly pedestrian-only, which makes it easy to explore the colorful area. While in Casco Viejo, visitors will come across the Plaza Nueva, the Basque Museum, Mercado de la Ribera, the Bidebarrieta Municipal Library and numerous other attractions. The Mercado de la Ribera is known to be the biggest covered market in Europe and is the ideal spot for foodies. On Sundays, the Plaza Nueva hosts a flea market where visitors will find a plethora of odds and ends. Also on Sundays, at the nearby Plaza del Arenal, is a wonderful flower market.
The numerous businesses and attractions found here all have different opening hours
Around 2 hours or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
Explore the narrow streets and discover all the quirky stores and numerous attractions
The city of Bilbao is known to be home to quite a large number of Muslims, which means that Muslim tourists will definitely be able to find prayer facilities here. Prominent mosques in the city include; Mezquita Assalam, Mezquita Badr and Mezquita Al Furqan. Muslim visitors can therefore ask to be guided to the nearest prayer facility to Casco Viejo when needed.
Casco Viejo is known for being home to some fabulous restaurants and cafés. While these establishments will not be Halal certified, they will definitely offer vegetarian and seafood dishes. Muslim visitors can therefore dine on these dishes after ensuring no non-Halal items were added. They could also dine at one of the many Halal restaurants found in the city of Bilbao.