5 good reasons to study in Bilbao this summer

CIDE offers you the opportunity to study Language and Culture, and Business programmes at the University of Deusto next summer. You might wonder what you will find in our city. We will give you 5 good reasons why studying in Bilbao is an unforgettable experience

If you would like to travel round Europe….

Bilbao is one of northern Spain’s leading cities. Just an hour and a half from the French border, it’s an ideal departure point for trips round Europe.

mapa españaBilbao has an international airport with daily flights to the main European cities, in addition to connecting flights with Madrid and Barcelona or to Paris or Frankfurt to travel to other international destinations. A direct flight from Bilbao to Paris takes 1hr. 30 min., to London or Rome only 2 hrs. or Munich in just 2hrs. 20 min.

2511973942_c9f5b7296f_mAnd if you’d rather take other means of transport, Bilbao has a great rail and bus network that will take you across Spain or Europe.

If you like music and typical festivals….

 Bilbao becomes the International Pop-Rock centre in July with the BBK Live Festival. Over 100,000 people came last year to see world famous bands. Top of the bill this year is Muse and the festival organisation is still underway.

bbkk live 2015If you like jazz, Bilbao is ideal for you. Two big jazz festivals are held very near Bilbao in July. The first is in Getxo (a 20-minute underground trip): Getxo Jazz. The second is held in Vitoria, the Basque Country’s capital city, a 30-minute trip by bus: Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival.

Chupinazo de San Fermín, el inicio de la fiesta en Pamplona

Chupinazo de San Fermín, el inicio de la fiesta en Pamplona

Spain’s most popular festivals are held during the summer months.  The most famous on the international scene is the running of the bulls in Pamplona.   CIDE programmes include a day trip to Pamplona to visit the city and savour the fiesta atmosphere.  And these are not the only festivals you can enjoy. July is a month full of festivals in villages and cities near Bilbao. Portugalete (1 July), Neguri (16 July) Elantxobe (22 July), Barakaldo (3rd week of July) or Algorta (31 July).

Encierro de San Fermín

Encierro de San Fermín

We have great beaches with some of the best surfing spots in the world. If you love surfing, don’t miss Mundaka, a frequent site of the World Surfing Championship thanks to its world class left set.

Surf en Mundaka

Surf en Mundaka

The village of Mundaka is located in the heart of the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, one of the richest natural areas in the Basque Country. The  Laga and Laida beaches are perfect examples of why you should visit this area and the Oma Painted Forest, the Santimamiñe Caves, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, the typical fishing villages of Lekeito and Bermeo, or Gernika with its emblematic oak tree and Museum of Peace should definitely not be missed.

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If you enjoy good food…

Bilbao and the surrounding area are well known for its cuisine on the international scene.  The Basque Country has one of the highest numbers of restaurants with three Michelin stars in the world. Just 15 minutes from Bilbao is the famous Azurmendi Restaurant, run by the world renowned chef Eneko Atxa. Some of the leading cooking schools, such as the Basque Culinary Center,  are located in this region.

Los pintxos son uno de los grandes atractivos de nuestros bares.

Los pintxos son uno de los grandes atractivos de nuestros bares.

And be sure not to miss our delicious appetizers on toast points.  One of the specialities of our city, you can find them at any café in Bilbao.

Interior de una bodega riojana

Interior de una bodega riojana

The province of La Rioja, known for its wines, is just an hour and a half from Bilbao. A visit to a wine cellar is well worth a day trip. Taste excellent wines and find out how wine is made.

And if you are keen on good architecture and museums…

The Guggenheim Museum, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, is a must to visit in Bilbao. This emblematic building houses a prestigious collection of modern art and has been recognised with international prizes. The museum has played a key role in making Bilbao a modern city attractive to tourists.

Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

 

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