The Plaza Nueva of Bilbao is a monumental square of Neoclassical style built in 1821. The square is enclosed by arcaded buildings and accessed by arches known as cuevas (caves).

The main building was the site of the Biscay government, until a new palace was built in 1890. The place is now the site of Euskaltzaindia, the Basque language Royal Academy.

The arches host many traditional taverns and restaurants, some of the most ancient and typical of the city, and some gift and souvenir shops.

Each Sunday, the square provides space for a traditional flea market where ancient books, coins, stamps, birds and flowers are sold. The square is used often for folk demonstrations, festivals and concerts. 



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Plaza Nueva 11, Bilbao, Spain
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Alessandro Di Muro (2 months ago)
The best place to try pinchos in Bilbao. Amazing choices and great wines
Gulum Ozer (4 months ago)
Loved it. Children can play football in the middle. So much different from similar plazas in Barcelona and Madrid.
Nina (6 months ago)
Very pretty plaza full of different bars/cafes offering the traditional pintxos (along with some alternatives). There is also a market held in the square on Sundays too. Definitely worth a visit!
abi abdolwahabi (8 months ago)
The good old Plaza Nueva. Busy as usual. Considering the confinement, far too many people and not enough distance in between.
Ana Gomez (8 months ago)
Plaza Nueva is always so fun. The bars and terraces there are so great. Lots of pintxos and tapas to chose from. Always so lively and perfect for sunny days
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