From the ultra-modern Conference Centre and Concert Hall Palacio Euskalduna Jauregia, walk East along the riverbank, which is filled with beautiful sculptures and some very impressive modern architecture. You will pass the Guggenheim and Santiago Calatrava’s stunning Zubi Zuri Footbridge, which spans the Nervión between the Guggenheim and the Ayuntamiento.
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao only opened in 1997, but it has since become one of the most revered and celebrated buildings in the world. The museum’s collection focuses primarily on 20th-century American and European art. Just like the popular saying, it's not just the outside that counts - but it's pretty important for this museum. Architect Frank Gehry designed the building with the vision of ''letting the randomness of the curves catch the light". After the opening of the museum, the building was said to be one of the masterpieces of the 20th century.
The Museo de Bellas Artes has an exceptional collection of traditional works by well-known masters such as El Greco, Goya, Gauguin, Francis Bacon, Picasso and Velazquez. The era of the collection begins in the Middle Ages all down to the contemporary art of today. The museum has been around since 1908 and started as one of the first Fine Art museums. The popularity of the museum caused the extension of the building with another part in which the rest of the art could be displayed.
This museum used to be a former convent, founded in 1515. It contains an intriguing selection of religious art and crafts dating back to the 12th century, including religious silverware, sculptures, paintings and ceramics by Basque artists. The permanent exhibition is divided into three large sections: sculptures and paintings, gold work, and garments and ornament.
The Ría de Bilbao Maritime Museum is a place to uncover Bilbao’s past as a shipbuilding and seafaring hub. Outside there are striking floating exhibits with special exhibitions. The exhibitions are structured around three main themes: physical environment of the estuary, the evolution of trade in Bilbao, and the development of shipbuilding in the Bilbao estuary. One of the most striking features are the many mini-ships made entirely out of wood, with incredible attention to detail.
The original theatre, created by Joaquin Rucoba (also known as the Spanish Mozart), burned down in 1914 and a second one was built, resembling the Opera House in Paris. Today, it remains the major cultural venue of Bilbao. Beautifully located on the banks of the Nervión, the theatre is host to world-class opera, classical music concerts and ballet. Besides shows, you can also take a guided tour behind the scenes and see the opera costume collection and the stunning stalls.
Just outside Bilbao, between Getxo (Las Arenas) and Portugalete in the Region of Bizkaia, is one of Bilbao’s main attractions: Puente Colgante, also known as the “Hanging Bridge.” There are two dramatic ways of crossing it: by gondola or along the crosswalk itself. If that hasn't convinced you yet, the bridge has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, for being 'a perfect combination of beauty and functionality'.
There are 64 arches around this enclosed square, which is the oldest surviving square in town. Built in 1849, it’s a perfect place to stop, drink coffee and watch the world and the people go by. One of the cafes that you can try is the famous Cafe Bar Bilbao. Sure, the name is not very original, but they are known for their pintxos, especially the squid pintxo and the ham and onion one.
If you want to escape the city streets, this is the right place for you to catch your breath and look at Bilbao from a high elevation. At the Artxanda viewpoint, you can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the city and the beautiful mountains. There is a an elevator available to reach the top.
Plentzia is a happening resort just outside Bilbao, in the Region of Bizkaia, on a hilltop centre that leads to lovely sandy beaches. Plentzia is a popular weekend destination and there are bars and cafés of which many serve fresh seafood. The town even has an indoor front where you can watch the traditional sport of the Basque: pelota. What exactly is Basque pelota? It's almost impossible to explain, so head over to the indoor front and find out.
This town is set between two hills around the beautiful La Concha Bay. San Sebastian makes for an unforgettable day trip, where you can take in the glorious Belle Epoque balustrades and visit its world famous restaurants. There are four areas that you definitely must visit. The first one is Parte Vieja, old town, here you can find the popular pintxo bars and eat your heart out. South of Parte Vieja is the place to be for the shopaholic, the commercial shopping centre. On the East you can be welcomed by the beach. The final one, Playa de Ondarreta is the 'posh' neighbourhood of San Sebastian.
Doña Casilda Park is situated at Paseo Don Jose Anselmo Clave, next to Museo de Bellas Artes. The park was built in 1907 by an architect called Ricardo Bastida. When you stroll around at this park, you will see a dancing water fountain, basketball pitches and a pavilion for live performances. If the directions are not clear, you can ask a local where the 'Parque de los Patos', or the duck park, is. Why, you might ask? In the centre of the park you can find a huge duck pond known for the variety of waterfowl.
Explore the city by bike either by yourselves or as part of a guided bike tour. This is a different way to get to know Bilbao and to learn more about its culture. One of the more popular bike tours is the tour provided by the international Baja Bikes. The bike tour will provide you with a local English speaking guide and take you to all the highlights of Bilbao, such as the Guggenheim museum. It even includes a variety of pintxo's and a drink, a nice way to refresh after cycling your way through the city.
You will find Basilica of Begoña at Calle Virgen de Begoña on the top of a hill. The church construction started in 1511 and it is widely held that the virgin Mary appeared at that exact spot. You can see that the church is still important to the sailors of Bilbao. There are still ships which are named after the church, Virgen de Begoña or just Begoña. Experience history first-hand when you walk through the doors of the Basilica of Begoña.
The white structure of the impressive pedestrian bridge over Nervion River can be seen from far away on a sunny summer’s day in Bilbao. It's extra special since the bridge is designed to look like a sailboat, ten metres above the river. Zubizuri connects Campo Volantín Boulevard with Uribitarte, and from the bridge you have a stunning view of the Guggenheim Museum. There used to be a glass floor, but after complaints the city decided to place a non-slip mat. So even when it's a rainy day, you can walk there safely.
St. James is the patron of Bilbao, and this cathedral is dedicated to the saint. The Gothic architecture dates back to the 15th century, which makes it the oldest church of Bilbao. It has been renewed several times throughout the years. There are several reasons why this is such a peculiar church. For instance, it's not built in one style, but a combination of three. There is a Gothic cloister, a Renaissance portico, and a neo-Gothic spire.
This old warehouse has been renovated to become one of Bilbao's most vibrant cultural places. There are activities for everyone, from exhibitions to cinemas, kids’ activities, concerts, lectures and a library – the 43,000 square meter space has it all. If you get hungry during your visit, it provides several opportunities for a refreshment to your liking. In 2015, the building was renamed to Azkuna Zentroa in tribute to the late mayor of Bilbao Iñaki Azkuna, who changed the industrial Bilbao into a cultural masterpiece.
This stunning Art Nouveau theatre is worth a moment of your time. It was established in 1901, reopened in 2010 after renovation. You can get a free guided tour through the highlights of the building, and the theatre's program is very interesting. Campos Eliseos hosts national and international artists and performers, which promise to provide a spectacular evening and will leave you breathless with amazement.
For a slightly less expensive taste of Martin Berasategui’s new Basque cuisine, head to his restaurant at the Guggenheim Museum. The menu includes some real gems like tempura hake with sautéed mange-touts and Biscay cheese. It's not possible to order one dish at the restaurant, but you'll pick a menu which consists of a traditional starter, main dish and a dessert or pintxo's. All the more fun, now you can choose from dishes that you are unfamiliar with.
El Viejo Zortzi is the little brother of Zortziko. The difference between the restaurants is that El Viejo Zortzi is more informal and the prices are significantly lower than Zortziko; the quality remains, of course, the same. El Viejo Zortzi has a modern take on traditional Basque food, such as fillet of cod in pil-pil sauce and fresh hake in garlic sauce. The choice of wine here is exceptional. While you're there, you can also take a quick peak at the bar. They have an infinite amount of wine and other alcoholic beverages.
This post-modern restaurant has a great view of the Guggenheim. The view adds to the fantastic Basque cuisine and creative dishes such as chocolaty oxtail crépinettes and cold anchovy lasagna in tomato soup. One of the most popular dishes was not created by the chef himself, but is actually a recipe of his grandmother. He paid respects to her by giving the dish her name, 'Grandmother's Cake'.
Located in Zamudio, slightly out of the centre of town is one of Bilbao’s most famous restaurants. It's about 10 km from the city centre and a bit tricky to find, but the trip is well worth it. Cod is the main menu item on the menu, but don’t forget to try other dishes, like the squab with peach puree. You can also have a three course set menu, which allows you to share tapas before you dive into the main course.
If you are craving Mexican food, head over to El Charro Loco. The ambience is friendly and the staff serves mouth-watering dishes with good value for money. In addition, there is a drink menu with delicious cocktails like strawberry margarita and caipirinha. The dishes have a symbol next to the name, which suggest the spiciness of the products. This is a good indication for people who can't stand or prefer some heat.
At this small bar you can relish fantastic pintxos, which are wonderfully executed with a creative touch. Some dishes you can find on the menu are beef ribs with seaweed, crab tempura and mushroom risotto. This is a popular place, so it might be crowded but definitely worth the wait.
Enjoy well-prepared Spanish food at this cool, modern restaurant. The fresh food is inventive and tasty, and served by attentive staff. The ingredients are mostly from local farmers or fishermen, to support the local community. Try the 8-dish course with lots of different exciting flavors, accompanied with a good Spanish wine, and afterwards - a strong cup of Spanish coffee.
If you want to tickle your taste buds with Japanese food of the highest quality, you definitely have to visit Mao. The chefs use excellent raw products, and the food is prepared before guests' eyes. A few dishes served at the restaurant are the salmon tart, teppanyaki rice with lotus leaf and sushi sahimi moriaware. On the wine list you will find more than 150 different labels.
Mina is a gastronomic restaurant with only 8 tables for 25-30 guests. The menu reflects each season, and the chefs use local produce from the market and nearest farms. You can also sit at the ''barra'', an oak counter in front of the chef, and take a peek to see how your food is being prepared in front of your very eyes. Restaurante Mina is located in the heart of Bilbao. It's essential to make a reservation because of the limited amount of seats.
This is a place where you can have interesting, well-presented pinxtos. The ambience is modern, with a minimalist design dominated by orange and white colours. Irrintzi attracts a younger clientele and is situated in one of the most tranquil streets of the Old Quarter of Bilbao. Customers can help themselves by picking the pintxos and pay for them before leaving the restaurant.
Restaurante Yandiola is housed in a beautiful old building. The building alone is worth a visit. Here you can enjoy your dinner at the lovely rooftop terrace with an amazing view over Bilbao. The chefs create traditional, yet modern Spanish food with the best ingredients from the earth and the sea, and do so with a passionate dedication. One of the recommended dishes is the red tuna.
At this restaurant you can indulge in modern Basque cuisine. Kasko is located in the Old Quarter of Bilbao, and offers a great mix of traditional and modern food. The atmosphere of the restaurant is special, with decor planned out by the famous Vicente and Fernando Roscubas. The portions are huge, so make sure to come here with an empty stomach or bring a friend to share your dishes with. As bonus, from Sunday to Tuesday Rafa Aceves plays a jazz piano session just for the guests of Kasko.
At this classy restaurant, a meal is like a work of art. The chefs aim to reflect the flavor and culture of a country in their dishes and pay close attention to even the the tiniest of details. At Zortziko, you get the best of Basque cuisine in an authentic setting. The Menú Tradición is highly recommended, with specialties such as rabit with rice and Idiazaba cheese cream, and wakame scallop salad with a terriyaki glaze.
A friendly, popular and informal restaurant that has a great reputation among local foodies. The location is next to and facing the river Nervión, which promises a spectacular view. Everything you will get here is home made, from the cod fish soup to the sea mussels and Venus clams. Their 150 square metre terrace is the ideal location for a cool evening with a soothing breeze on a hot summer’s night.
Surrounded by nature, this charming restaurant is your place for a perfectly Basque experience. The wood building fuses elegance and comfort in a homey atmosphere, and the genuine local cuisine is made with some of the best ingredients in the region. Andra Mari is the kind of hidden gem you would recommend to good friends.
Located in San Sebastian, this family-run business is one of the most high-class restaurants in the area. It has been distinguished for its cuisine and ambience several times in the past, and offers classic dishes that will appeal to international guests. The choice of wine is splendid and you can combine your dinner with a visit to the great area of San Sebastian.
After a long visit to the Guggenheim Museum, why not rest your feet at the in-house Bistro? The Bistró believes that a free style of cuisine, linked to the roots of the product, is a respectful gesture to the part of the culture from which it originates. The kitchen offers small local bites for a quick refreshment, and if you want to linger over your coffee, check out their outside terrace. If you're looking for a savoury and healthy food, this is just the place for you.
If you are in doubt whether it is savoury or sweet treats you're yearning for, look no further. At Cafe Lago you have the option to choose from a wide variety. They are known among the local community for making the best churros with chocolate, but they are also popular when it comes to traditional pintxos and the best wines of the Basque area.
As soon as you walk through the door, you will instantly feel at home in the cafe's casual interior. They don't just serve coffee, so if you are in the mood for a cold beer, you can certainly get that in Bihotz as well. They serve only the best of the best beers from local brewers.
Okapi is not only focused on Basque cuisine, but also draws inspiration from the entire Mediterranean and the products it has to offer. There are many vegetarian options, falafel being a treat many seem to enjoy. They also have a wide variety of alcoholic beverages, such as the traditional piña colada and the mojito. If you have a sweet tooth, try the chocolate mousse.
Take a look at the menu of Pentxo, and all you'll see are traditional pintxos ready for you to order. The restaurant made the decision to only focus on traditional dishes. You can choose between several menus and pick several carefully made pintxos, such as home-made croquettes and baked Iberian cod, for example.
This is a classic coffee house that dates back to 1903 with Arabesque motifs, carved columns and medieval ceramics. Café Iruña has a wide variety of snacks, sandwiches, pintxos and other mouthwatering refreshments. If you are craving a delicious cup of coffee, this is the place for you. The café received a prise for the Best Coffee of Spain in 2000 by the Café Crème Guide to the Cafés of Europe, and they are still going strong.
Great place for a wide variety of pintxos, good wine and finding new friends among the locals of Bilbao. They also have special pintxos and an entire section of the menu dedicated to vegetarian dishes. El Globo is located right by the metro beside the Palacio de la Diputación, which makes it a short walk right to the cafe.
A pasteleria is a Spanish pastry shop, and this one in particular has an excellent assortment of traditional croissants, chocolates, cookies and pastries. Some of the most popular pastries are the carolinitas and cubitos, and the Cream chuchitos. There is also a chocolate section which provides you with a wide variety of bonbons. You can find a hearty breakfast for a good price here.
A typical place in Bilbao, and one always full of people. Cafe Del Arenal is famous far and wide for its sandwiches. But they are not only known for a typical Spanish sandwich, but also for their churros. A lot of customers combine their breakfast with a fried egg, some churros with chocolate sauce on the side and, of course, a Café con leche.
This is a great bar for a late night drink off the Plaza Nueva. Café Bar Bilbao never seems to shut off its lights, so it is perfect for taking in the spirit(s) of the city. While you're at it, why don't you have some traditional yet modern pintxos alongside your drink? One of the public's favourites is the calamares with a cold glass of beer.
The Cotton Club is one of the classic treasures of Bilbao. The club has been in the city ever since 1994, and is just as popular as when it first opened. It's one of the favourite venues of Bilbao to perform, since the acoustics are amazing and the venue has a cosy yet modern atmosphere. The people who visit the venue are mostly between the ages of 20 and 50. The Cotton Club is known for playing 80s and 90s hits.
Kafe Antzokia used to be an old theatre, but got refurbished and turned into a multi-purpose venue. It is known as a live music stage with a vibrant atmosphere, where both local and international artists put on their performances. Every weekend the place becomes a popular night club with DJs mixing their beats until late. If you want to feel what it's like to be on stage, every day of the week you can have lunch on the actual stage where the band or artist has performed. Who doesn't want to feel like a rock star?
Bring your dancing shoes because Fever will make you move like you have never moved before. This nightclub is a local favourite and features well-known DJs and live acts on a regular basis. Look out for the Art After Dark Parties in the atrium of the Guggenheim Museum, also presented by Fever.
This venue is a hot spot for students who don’t limit their party nights to the weekends. While electro, indie pop and rock dominate the sound system, in the afternoons the place also organises other events for older people. Mind that it can get crowded, but that’s part of the fun!
Stopping at Molly Malone will give you the feeling of coming home. It's the most Irish bar that you will find in Spain. From the beer to the food, to even the music, it's all about Ireland. The rustic décor and the warm atmosphere welcome each guest, and the next Guinness is always within arm’s reach. If you are not in the mood for Irish dishes, you can, also enjoy traditional pintxo while you're there.
As the name suggests, this place is dedicated to the great director Stanley Kubrick. Posters and screens recall memorable scenes from his movies, and you will find yourself in a very cinematic setting. While the bar mainly serves evening guests, it also offers breakfast and meals at any time of day. Stop by to experience one of their shows, outdoor live music, cabarets or parties.
This tearoom serves the best leaves from different parts of the world, but you can also come in and grab a beer. The cosy vintage decor will make you want to stay for yet another one, and you can come back after a long night out to get some hot beverages in the morning. Baobab is a popular spot for a hip crowd, positioned near the old town.
Karaoke Rendez Vous offers you with a stage instead of you just singing your heart out in the shower. Rendez Vous has been around for over 15 years and provides the ideal location for stepping out of your comfort zone. Take the microphone, choose your favourite classic 80s and 90s hits, such as Take On Me by A-ha, and show what you’ve got!
If you want to get a new perspective, check out La Terraza del Yandiola. The bar is located at the top of Alhóndiga, a historic building in the heart of Bilbao, and offers you one of the most beautiful views of the city. The lounge music and its upbeat décor make this place a classy and sophisticated chill out area.
Besides a varied choice of bites and drinks, Marzana offers a great view of the river. The terrace is a favourite for tourists and locals alike, and will showcase Bilbao at its best at night. Marzana 16 has a cool and relaxing vibe, perfect after a warm day in sunny Spain. One of the favourite drinks of the locals is the amazing gin and tonic.
Located in the centre of the old town are the impressive halls of Mercado de la Ribera. Dating back to the 1930s, this building is a meeting point for food lovers. The area is buzzing during the mornings, and you can get nearly any local product you can think of. It was distinguished by the Guinness Book of Records in 1990 as being the largest food market in all of Europe. It may not be the largest in Europe anymore, but it's still an extremely impressive building.
This is an upmarket shopping mall where you will find exclusive designers such as Tommy Hilfiger, Massimo Dutti, and Antonio Miró. There are currently more than 50 shops, a cinema, supermarket and restaurants. Zubiarte is located near the Guggenheim and the Iberdrola Tower, which is right in the city centre. Here you can shop everything from clothing to accessories, electronics and interior design items.
La Casa del Libro is a bookshop with an extensive range of books and maps, including English language books. The shop has been celebrated for providing books that are otherwise difficult to obtain, and because of the enormous variety of genres they sell. So, if you are in need of a book which explains the gardening techniques of the 15th century during the Tudor period, look no further.
Many visitors like to return from Bilbao with a chic beret, which locals call txapelas. The txapelas looks a bit like a mix of fedora and a cowboy hat. But it's probably best to check it out yourself! Sombreros Gorostiaga is a family-owned business est. 1857, which makes it one of the oldest businesses of Bilbao, and has an extensive selection. The shop is so popular and known for their quality that even TV shows and film directors have requested hats from the shop.
You are guaranteed to find what you’re looking for at this Spanish institution, as it's the biggest department store group in Europe. From luxury to the everyday, El Corte Inglés is likely to have it. A couple of the many designers that display their collection at El Corte Inglés are Calvin Klein, Dior and Ralph Lauren.
Framed by modernist buildings and lime trees, the main street and the adjoining streets of the El Ensanche neighbourhood holds a great variety of classy boutiques. There are three main areas of this neighbourhood: the lower area surrounding Plaza Circular, the mid zone between Plaza Circular and Plaza Moyúa, and the upper zone between Plaza Moyúa and Plaza del Sagrado Corazón
In the vibrant neighbourhood of Plaza Nueva you’ll find everything from souvenir shops or traditional Basque stores to high-class shopping plazas. Stroll through the old town, or Casco Viejo, and take in impressive buildings while you buy yourself something nice. The cherry on top of your shopping tour might be a pintxo and a hot or cold drink in one of the many small cafes around.
While the Old Town is a magnet for tourists, on the weekend you have yet another reason to come to Plaza Nueva. Sundays, the area turns into a lively market place where numerous vendors offer almost everything. Browse through books, get some organic fruit and maybe take home a txistorras, one of the local sausage specialities. Lovers of street music and local hand-craft are advised to come early as there are always some performers and artists around.
If you are looking for specialty shops and international brand-stores, make sure to visit Indautxu. This young neighborhood boast a large offer of custom-made clothing, exclusive hand craft and, of course, high-class shoes. Next to Plaza Indautxu, Rodríguez Arias and Alameda de Urquijo are the most important streets for fashion hunters.
Glazed truffle pralines, soft butter buns and fruity cakes. That and much more is what you get at Martina de Zuricalday Pastry Shops. The family business looks back on a long tradition of confectionery and offers delights for every occasion. With only the best products and freshest ingredients, a taste of this pastry shop will satisfy everyone's sweet tooth.
As a tourist hot spot, the area around Guggenheim Museum is also an upbeat shopping district. Streets leading to Plaza Euskadi are filled with designer shoes, fashion and antique shops or book stores. Moreover, if you’re interested in local art or want to take home some regional wine, this is the place for you to shop. In the area, there is also a park, Paseo de la Memoria, which is filled with beautiful pieces of art.
Kukuxumusu is a Spanish company that specialises in T-shirts, post cards and souvenirs. It provides a great offer of funny prints and cute memorabilia. In Baque, it is translated as ''flea kiss''. The company began when three friends started a souvenir shop with t-shirts depicting bull runs and bull fights.
Just outside Bilbao lies Barakaldo Megapark. With fashion outlets, a number of restaurants and bars as well as an IMAX cinema, the Megapark is a popular activity on rainy days. While you can arrive by bus or metro, you’d better rent a car if you’re planning to do some serious shopping.
Get a glimpse of the lifestyle of the rich and the famous at this Bilbao Boutique. This place is named after the famous 80s movie, and offers an exclusive choice of sheer fabulous clothing. Whether you are looking for the perfect cocktail dress or shoes that fit your new purse, you will make a find at Ricas Y Famosas.
Don’t be deceived by its humble name, this petite boutique is much more than a usual children’s store. Next to classy brands such as Scotch & Soda, Hunter or Levi’s for kids aged 0-16, there is a wide range of activities for children's entertainment throughout rainy and sunny days. Stop by for concerts, baking and crafting – the kids will love it and your holiday photos will be just adorable.
No shopping tour is complete without a new pair of shoes. If you want to be able to choose your fit in a laid-back setting with beautiful décor and music, Meridiano is for you. The helpful staff is always by your side and will even suggest a matching handbag. Whether you’re looking for leather, high heels or comfy sightseeing sneakers, here you’ll make a find.
You are an adventurous traveler and want to enjoy some sports during the holidays? Then Euro Sport is the place for you. From winter sports to in-line skating, water sports or golf, the well-equipped store has got everything you could wish for. Stop by for a new pair of sports socks or get a whole new snowboarding set, Euro Sport is always worth a visit.
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Bilbao Airport is located 6 miles (9,6 kilometres) northwest of the city. BizkaiBus A3247 departs from outside the main terminal to Plaza Moyua and Gran Vía (central Bilbao) every 30 minutes from 06.15 to 00.00. The journey takes around 30 minutes. Taxis from the airport to and from the centre of town can be hired easily.
Basque Country can get chilly during the winter, so the prime time for visiting Bilabo are the summer months. To avoid the bulk of tourist masses, plan your trip for late April or May, and September to early October, when temperatures are still pleasant and both in- and outdoor pursuits can be equally enjoyed.
Bus Bilbobus covers all the districts in the city. Each line has its own timetable but the service starts between 06.00 and 07.00. The last service departs between 22.00 and 23.00. The buses leave every 10 to 30 minutes depending on the lines. You can buy your single ticket on the bus by using either a Creditrans pass or cash. Tram The tram is an efficient means of transport in Bilbao. The company Euskotran offers service between the following destinations: Atxuri - Ribera - Arriaga - Abando - Pío Baroja - Uribitarte - Guggenheim - Abandoibarra - Euskalduna - Sabino Arana - San Mamés - Basurto. There is a customer service centre at Atxuri station. You can pay your journey by using a Creditrans / BARIK pass, or by cash for a single ride. Metro Bilbao has an excellent metro (underground) network. Bilbao’s reputation for cutting-edge design extends even to transport. The metro’s sleek stations were designed by acclaimed architect Norman Foster. Buy a Creditrans multi-journey travel ticket and you can travel on the metro, Feve trains, trams, buses and the Funicular. They are sold in denominations of €5, €10 and €15 and credits are drawn every time it is used.