On your next trip to Northern Spain consider a flight into Basque County through their most important airport, Bilbao Airport. It is located just 9 km north of Bilbao, in the municipality of Loiu. You can arrange for your Bilbao Airport car hire to pick you up directly at the airport, or to meet you at most other locations in the nearby city.
The airport has become famous in recent years for the design of its new main terminal, which opened in 2000. The terminal has a sleek design with two symmetrical "wings". This unique design has earned the building the nickname of "La Paloma" (The Dove), as in addition to its shape it is constructed of white concrete and glass. The interior of the terminal feels luminous and spacious.
The main criticism of the design from Aena, the Spanish airport authority, is that it could be difficult to make further enlargements to the terminal's capacity because the design is "too closed". Regardless, additions came in 2005 and 2006, providing enhanced shopping facilities with almost double the retail space!
Bilbao is presently the most important hub for visitors arriving in northern Spain, and the number of passengers using the new terminal continues to rise. The area has seen a boost in tourist interest since the opening of the Guggenheim museum, which is easy to reach straight from the airport in a car hire Bilbao.
You can get from Bilabo airport to the city center by BizkaiBus, Lurraldebus, or Rail transport, but the most convenient ground transportation for your trip is a cheap car rental.
If you need assistance booking your rental car in Bilbao, check out our section How to book a rental car in Bilbao Airport.