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Bilbao, Spain

Tradition and future: two sides of a unique personality

Bilbao, full of things to discover

Tradition and modernity go hand-in-hand in Bilbao to create the city’s unique personality. In the bustling streets of old town Bilbao, you’ll discover why Basque cuisine and pintxos are so famous. And in the newer areas, you’ll find an open city, full of art, creativity and unique architecture. Bilbao’s ría is its meeting place. Strolling along the estuary gives you a look at the history of the city through its bridges, old and modern, including Bizkaia Bridge, a World Heritage Site.

Bilbao is a city transformed, which has been able to launch itself into the future from its industrial past without losing one bit of its essence and vitality.

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  • Bilbao’s estuary (ría)
  • Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Soak in culture from every corner of El Botxo

Music, art, architecture, theatre... Bilbao has culture seeping out of its pores on every street. The Guggenheim with Jeff Koons’ iconic Puppy sculpture, was one of the drivers of Bilbao’s transformation in the mid-1990s. But it wasn’t the only one. There are many other museums in Bilbao for you to discover the history of Euskadi, its ties to industry and the sea, or its Medieval art.

In Bilbao’s ensanche (new town), you’ll also find Azkuna Zentroa, a former wine warehouse restored by Phillipe Starck to be used as a civic and cultural centre, with pools, exhibition spaces, bookshop and 8 cinemas.

The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, in addition to artists like El Greco, Gauguin, Sorolla, Bacon and Chillida, is also home to the city’s film archive.

Wander the picturesque streets of the city’s old town

The labyrinth of streets in Bilbao’s old town is a place to savour slowly. Tavern by tavern, pincho by pincho, conversation by conversation, each step you take will bring you a bit closer to what it’s like to live in Bilbao.

The old town is authentic, it draws you in and takes you back in time. Here you’ll find the origin of the city in the famous Seven Streets. But you can also stroll among the unique shops, theatres, museums and visit Santiago Cathedral.

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