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Bilbao, architecture, tradition, life

Bilbao, architecture, tradition, life

Bilbao, architecture, tradition, life
Today is an internationally-recognised town planning landmark because the strength of its cutting edge is based on respecting and integrating its industrial past.
Today is an internationally-recognised town planning landmark because the strength of its cutting edge is based on respecting and integrating its industrial past.

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10 reasons to come to Basque Country

Bilbao

The icon of this transformation is the Guggenheim museum with its stunning architecture, the work of Frank Gehry, of which you have probably heard already. You have to come and see for yourself how design and architecture impregnate the whole city, starting with the Paseo de Abandoibarra, very close to the museum itself, an undeniably charming area where tourists and locals, joggers and families, mix and meet every day. From there you can see new buildings like the Isozaki towers and the Iberdrola tower, the highest in the Basque Country. Another design classic is the city metro, the work of Norman Foster, and La Alhóndiga, a former wine warehouse converted into an arts centre and meeting place by Philippe Starck.

La Ría and the bridges

During your visit to Bilbao you can take as your point of reference La Ría, the estuary, an artery along which ships used to arrive and which today remains a key part of city life. Following its course you’ll come to the Puente Bizkaia, a jewel of industrial architecture and a World heritage Site.

Discovering La Ría and its bridges is a journey through the city’s history. El Zubizuri (Basque for white bridge) and the Arrupe foot bridge are icons of the new Bilbao, while others like the San Antón bridge, which has been there for over 700 years and features on the city coat of arms, are important representatives of its past.

La Ría also takes you to the Casco Viejo, or Old Town, a lively area which is very close to the hearts of Bilbao’s inhabitants. Take a walk around its bustling “seven streets” and before you know it you’ll be trying pintxos and wine or “txikiteando”. As well as colourful, tempting pintxo bars, the Casco Viejo offers you countless shops to browse, old shops packed with charm and also the latest trends in fashion and accessories.