Bilbao, the largest city in the Spanish Basque Country
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Nestled away at the foot of the mountains and just a stone’s throw away from the Atlantic Ocean, Bilbao is a dynamic city, reborn after its harsh industrial past. Now, art and gastronomy are key in this pleasant Spanish city.
Useful information about Bilbao
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Visit Bilbao’s famous Guggenheim museum
Bilbao’s Guggenheim museum is renowned throughout the world. It was built in 1997 along the Nervión River, that crosses the city. It is dedicated to modern art - from 1950 to present times. Monumental works of art are also visible outside the building, such as the "Puppy" - a huge dog made of flowers. The building is a work of art in itself, made of stone, glass and titanium and designed by Frank Gehry.
Strolling through the Casco Viejo streets
The Casco Viejo area is Bilbao’s old town. This part of town is also nicknamed "las Siete Calles" - the Seven Streets in English - as it counts seven main streets. This pedestrian district is bursting with lively bars, restaurant and shops. The Ribera open market, selling local produce, is also held there.
Taste the town’s famous pintxos
Pintxos look a lot like Spanish tapas. They are bite-sized versions of larger dishes. Most bars offer them, and they can be enjoyed with friends or family in a relaxed atmosphere. Made with meat, fish or vegetables, they can be marinated or plain...there are lots to choose from. They can be savoured with a glass of Rioja wine, produced not far from Bilbao.
Crossing the river on the Puente de Vizcaya
The Puente de Vizcaya is a transporter bridge, built during the 19th century. Foot passengers and car-drivers can cross the river in a gondola. This bridge is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can take a lift up to the top of this structure. From the top, you can look out over Bilbao’s harbour and port entrance.
Wandering through the center of Bilbao
The centre of Bilbao draws on various influences and represents lots of different eras. Indeed, many buildings have façades with bow windows. There are also a few Art Deco and Art Nouveau monuments scattered along the streets. For a resolutely arty stay, the Euskalduna Convention and Music Centre, as well as the Basque Culture museum, Bullfighting museum and Fine Arts museum are all located in the city centre.