2023, the year to live Bilbao Bizkaia

©Pauline Ballet
©Pauline Ballet

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Bilbao Bizkaia is facing a very special year thanks to the Grand Départ of the Tour de France. The peloton of this competition will cross a territory that has been the scene of film productions and that has as one of its permanent attractions its unusual coastline.

The coast, seafaring identity

In the 150km that separate Ondarroa from Muskiz, this coast offers an endless number of attractive possibilities: visit the beautiful little fishing villages, stroll along the spectacular coastline, participate in the traditions that are lived with such devotion, practice all kinds of sports, buy and taste delicious food, be surprised by the charm of the Flysch Bizkaia, a treasure of millions of years old... A variety of stimulating experiences that will make your trip a destination that will remain in your memory.

Bizkaia Flysch (Barrika)
Bizkaia Flysch (Barrika)

A film territory

Film lovers will discover a varied and quality offer in Bilbao Bizkaia. No matter the genre or the camera angle, if cinema is your passion, you are in luck. Here you can relive mythical scenes from internationally renowned films: from Rocadragon Castle, recreated in San Juan de Gaztelugatxe for 'Game of Thrones'; to Laga beach, in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve (location for the film 'Akelarre'); or Alameda de Mazarredo street in Bilbao, where 007 agent Pierce Brosnan fell from a fifth floor in the film 'The World Is Never Enough'.

©Diego Lopez Calvin
©Diego Lopez Calvin

A year for the history

The biggest cycling competition in the world arrives in Bilbao Bizkaia on 1 July 2023: the Grand Départ Pays Basque 2023 - Tour de France will cross a land where the values of effort, commitment and dedication make up a thousand-year-old tradition and are the flagship of a fan base known all over the world for its spirit and loyalty.

They want you to be part of this year for history, to enjoy the Tour and all the cultural, sporting and leisure activities that have been programmed. Whatever your age, tastes, customs, company... because they also have many proposals that are sure to meet your expectations: world-class music and film festivals, unmissable exhibitions or genuine festivals that you won't find in any other destination...


Discover the events, film sets and charms of the Biscay coast in the downloadable brochures available at www.visitbiscay.eus

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Mikel Casal

“To be an illustrator is to be an artist who illuminates ideas”

Mikel Casal, illustrator of books, press articles, cartoons, posters… refers to himself as an eclectic illustrator. We can find Mikel’s prints in an Art-Shop in the Old Part of Donostia San Sebastian (Lance&Malone) and, moreover, he has just published the book ‘Hector o el lado optimista de la vida’. He has granted us an exclusive interview.

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