The Ribera Market, a jewel in the crown of Bilbao with a Guinness record

The Ribera Market, a jewel in the crown of Bilbao with a Guinness record

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A few months ago, the Petit Palace writing team read in one of the world’s leading travel magazines a statement that we liked a lot. This magazine said the following: “although churches and museums can give us a lot of information about a destination, there is nothing like visiting their local markets and stores to know their style, their customs, their history and what makes them special”.

Looking forward to this last weekend in November, we have taken this statement and we have put it in our travel backpack for Bilbao. Objective? Visit what is undoubtedly one of the most interesting markets in the world: the Ribera Market.

Located next to the Ría de Bilbao – about 15 minutes walking from Petit Palace Arana Bilbao and about 20 minutes by car from Petit Palace Tamarises – the Ribera Market is a really nice market full interesting items that deserve a few hours of your time. Today we tell you why you can not miss it on your next trip to the north.

A storybook

Few attacks are as devastating as the one that occurred in the city of Bilbao back in 1983. As we have already told you in an article, the city was practically destroyed by very serious floods.

One of the places that was completely flooded was, the Ribera Market itself. Of course, since then the locals (citizens, businessmen and public figures) have done their very best in order to rebuild the facilities and make them better than ever before. The result? A place that is spacious, bright and full of life.

The Guinness record market

Did you know that Ribera Market holds a real Guinness record which can be found in the famous book? The record was obtained in the year 1990 when the place became the largest Municipal Market of Supplies in Europe. With more than 10,000 square metres, for many years it would be the market with the largest gathering of stalls and merchants from all over Europe.

This fact attract many tourists who do not want to miss a visit to the famous record breaking market. Our advice is that if you want to visit it and avoid the rush hour then avoid going on Saturday mornings. The best idea? Visit it during the week.


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