Sample a 'santiaguito' as you walk up and down these streets.
The oldest streets in Bilbao.
Somera, Artecalle, Tendería, Belosticalle, Carnicería Vieja, Barrencalle, Barrencalle Barrena and La Ronda are the seven streets that make up the nucleus of the Old Town. Commonly referred to as the ‘seven streets’, around which the city was born, before hopping over to the other side of the water on the Old Bridge. In addition to being the first nucleus of the town of Bilbao, the pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostela are said to have rested at St. James’ (Patron Saint of the city) Cathedral. Today, the seven streets form the hub of Bilbao activity. These important streets are a mixture of shopping areas, clothing and accessory shops, including the famous La Palma shoe shop (3 Correo Street), and bars and terraces in the pedestrian area. You can also buy ‘santiaguitos’ sweets here, which originate here, but are not exclusive to this area. These are marshmallow sweets, which are traditionally bought and blessed on the day of Saint Blas, as they are thought have healing qualities and soothe throat ache. You can also buy artisanal Bilbao turron (nougat) here, which is another of the richest traditional products you can find.