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Bilbao is the new modern face of the Basque country. The city has been able to successfully mix the traditional Basque culture with a new vision for the future. It's a must-see for lovers of design and culture. Another thing we like Bilbao is that it is surrounded by green hills and close to the coast and close to other cities of tourist interest such as San Sebastian, Zarautz.
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The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao opened the spigot of creativity and Bilbao has taken advantage of that pull to compose an architectural puzzle contemporary and innovative, both in shape and in the use of materials.
They are shocking, new plant or constructed buildings on elements of the past, but above all, they are universal works that summarized the world architecture of the first decades of the 21st century.
Bilbao is the beating heart of the Basque country and also its largest city. It is the city more tourist and most cosmopolitan of the region, which continues to evolve constantly. Its population soared during the industrialization and flourished thanks to steel production, shipping, the shipping industry and banking. However, for the 70 city had become a gigantic gray fireplace and had just become a serious economic crisis. It was then when the plan was conceived and Bilbao began its journey towards the Renaissance. The old industrial complexes along the Nervión River were demolished and new projects for the improvement of the infrastructure and the general growth of the city began. Today, Bilbao boasts of having the Guggenheim Museum designed by the architect Frank Gehry, a metro system contemporary and timeless designed by Sir Norman Foster, an airport by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and a Community Centre (the corn) designed by Philippe Starck. The list does not end there.

The transformation of Bilbao, present and future, has in many cases large names and surnames. It is what has been called "signature architecture". But it would be unfair to close the circle in this way.
Not in vain, this striking facelift also involved professionals of Interior design, design and fashion, as well as local architects, achieving all of them projected on the city centre buildings have a link in common: admiration International to works that squander beauty, utility and innovation. And that no one leave indifferent.
To this day, Bilbao is sophisticated and is full of action. However it is, at the same time, a relaxed and relatively stress-free city. Bilbao is a dream city with much to offer visitors. Everything you seek, whether it be delicious Basque cuisine, Basque culture, shopping, leaving party, etc., can find you it in BILBAO.
The seasonal food is a term that perfectly marries the Basque gastronomy. And it is that the key to the success of the Basque chefs has always filed in the use of the finest raw materials, and those can only be that occur at each station, resulting in the excellence of the dish that is served in the restaurant and its quality/price ratio .
This cuisine linked to the market provides unbeatable qualities, with the suitable point of taste and texture, since they are always fresh. The result is a combination of excellent meat and fish dishes, to succulent desserts, all served in abundant portions come together.
Thus, the traditional Basque cuisine does not need many attachments, it's enough to make the product at its optimum cooking. That perhaps is one the best in Spain, but the best.
Bilbao, like the rest of the Basques, cultivated two passions: food and friendship. And they cultivated them at the same time, because if it is done this way they lose part of its charm.
All this encourages that the Villa is understood the pecking as an act of meeting without formality or appointment. I.e., there are gangs of friends who do not need to be because they know that every day of the year, at a certain time, there will be an acquaintance with a pintxo in the bar they frequent with unwavering fidelity.
Each area has its public and each Bilbao friends. And that's as always. But for visitors, Bilbao provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy without limits of the gastronomy of the pintxo in seven well-defined zones
Great space Via
Space Casco Viejo
Space Azkuna Zentroa
Space Guggenheim
Space San Mamés
Space Bilbao La Vieja
What to do and what to see in Bilbao
We have carefully selected the best things to do and see in Bilbao. From eating tapas in the old town to visit the Guggenheim Museum - here you will find everything related to tourism in Bilbao.
Guggenheim Museum Basque design Mecca
The Guggenheim Museum is, without a doubt, the main attraction of the city. Designed by the architect star Frank Gehry, it opened its doors to the public in 1997. Since then, it has been acclaimed by public and critics, becoming one of the most important structures of contemporary architecture in the world. The building is covered with titanium panels that create what appear to be random organic curves. The panels were designed to capture the light. For that reason, the building takes a different look at night, when the lights of the city reflected in it. Seen from the River, the Guggenheim seems a boat and titanium panels resemble fish scales. These two features pay homage to the importance of the river throughout history for the economic development of Bilbao.
In the square in front of the Museum a huge sculpture is in the form of dog covered entirely by fresh flowers and designed by the artist Jeff Koons. This sculpture was carried to Bilbao originally during the inauguration of the Museum as a temporary exhibition. However, liked it so much to the people of Bilbao became a permanent sculpture. Today, it has become the mascot of the city and Bilbao, that have given it the name of "Puppy", are proud to explain that the building behind the dog is simply the House we have built him his beloved pet.
Original 7 streets of Bilbao old town
The old town of Bilbao is commonly known as "the 7 streets" or, in Basque "Zazpi Kaleak", since these were the seven streets that formed the original medieval village. Today, it is still the area more lively and picturesque town. The narrow streets are mostly pedestrian and full of bars offering delicious tapas and Basque cuisine.
If you're visiting Bilbao, you definitely have to take awhile to miss his old. As you walk along the streets, don't forget to visit the Cathedral and Plaza Nueva, where you'll find some of the best tapas of the city. If you are interested in the culture and history of the Basques, then enter the Basque Museum. Another building worth visiting is the municipal library of Bidebarrieta.
Teatro Arriaga
Next to the bridge that connects the old town with the Ensanche area, is the oldest theatre in Bilbao, the Arriaga theatre. It was named after the composer Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, known as the "Spanish Mozart", who died at the age of 19.
The Arriaga theatre was built between 1886 and 1890 by architect Joaquín Rucoba in neo-Baroque style. At the time, it was equipped with the most innovative technologies and considered one of the most important theatres in Spain. After a fire in 1914, the theatre was re-opened in 1919 and continued to be a first class theatre for many years.
The Arriaga theatre was fully renovated in the 1980s; However, its interior still contains part of the furniture and the original carpets. Although currently the Teatro Arriaga is still in use, much of the city's theatrical life has moved to the more recently built venue.
The Eixample and the Gran Via - commercial and business
Bilbao called Eixample district comprises the area on the other side of the River from the old town. It was annexed to the city in 1870, since until then was a separate village called Abando. Today, the Ensanche is the business center and the most cosmopolitan area of Bilbao. There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. It is also home to much of the Bilbao bourgeoisie.
The broad boulevard that crosses the Eixample district is called Gran Vía Don Diego López Haro, commonly known as the Gran Via. It is the Mall and the city's business and in it are some of the most important residential, institutional and commercial buildings of Bilbao. The Gran Via starts near the old town in the Circular Plaza, also known as Plaza de Spain, and extends westward from the Plaza de Federico Moyúa in address to Doña Casilda Iurrizar Park and the Museum of fine arts.
La Ribera market building art-deco, source of the local cuisine
Bilbao market is located to the South of the old town, next to the river. With its 10,000 m2, it is the largest market of Europe.
Although a market has existed in the same location since the 14th century, the building we see today was built in 1929 by architect Pedro Ispizua. The market of la Ribera, in art-deco style, was very modern for its time. The building is characterized by the abundance of natural light that is filtered through the enormous stained glass windows and an open interior space.
If you enjoy local cuisine, then definitely you should visit the market de la Ribera, where you will discover all the fresh ingredients that are so important in the Basque gastronomy.
Next to the market, the Church and the bridge of San Anton are.
The Alhóndiga cultural space become wine warehouse
The Corn Exchange is one of the most representative buildings of Bilbao. What was for many years the city wine store, today is a centre of cultural and leisure activities with a variety of offers: exhibitions, concerts, readings, films, activities for children, gym, swimming pool, library, bar, restaurant, etc.
The 43,000 m2 of the Alhóndiga were used as store wine of Bilbao until 1970, when a new warehouse was built and the Alhondiga was abandoned. The building was falling until it approved the plan to renew at the end of the 90s. The French designer Philippe Starck was responsible for the design of every detail of the complex. Today, only the original early 19th-century façade remains standing. The classic style of the exterior contrasts with the completely new interior space, that illustrates the new modern face of the city of Bilbao. They are the 43 columns inside, each with a unique style, and the visible from the ground floor glass-bottom pool.
Museum of fine arts
The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, but currently hidden in the shadow of the Guggenheim, is one of the most excellent museums in Spain. It houses an impressive collection of more than 10,000 works of art, from the 13th century to the present day. The collection contains works of Spanish, Belgian, Italian and Dutch, in addition to a wide selection of works by Basque artists.
The Museum of fine arts is located in a corner of the Doña Casilda Park, in the District of Abando. The Museum of fine arts original joined the Museum of modern art in 1945. In that year, the "old" building of the current complex was built in neoclassical style. With the passage of the years, the building was being small and completed the construction of the "new" building in 1970. This second building was influenced by the architecture of Mies van der Rohe and contrasts with the first, giving rise to an interesting architectural mix.
A masterpiece of art nouveau Campos Elíseos Theatre
From outside, the Champs-Elysées Theatre seems to belong to a city in the South of Spain or, even, to a Middle East country. However, the theater, which opened in 1902, was designed by local architect Alfredo Acebal in cooperation with the French decorator Jean Batiste Darroguy. At first glance, the prominent Arch on the façade seems to be of Moorish influence. However, after a more detailed observation, outside which was so richly decorated by Darroguy, is clearly art nouveau style. Needless to say that the theatre Champs-Elysées is considered an important architectural reference in the Basque country.
The first years of the theatre were very successful. However, the second half of the 20th century was not so benevolent with the Champs-Elysées theatre. An ETA attack in 1978 destroyed part of the interior. That incident, coupled with several cases of poor management of the building, were forcing the closure of the theatre multiple times, which also was to deteriorate with age.
Finally, in 1991, the Bilbao City Council acquired the theatre and the renovation work began. The main facade was renovated in 1997 and the interior a few years later. The renovation work is completed in 2010, when the theatre was re-opened. Currently, it is technologically more advanced theatre of Spain and has also a centre of training artistic and technological. The SGAE (General Society of authors and publishers) is in charge of the theatre and opera productions and events.
* The Theatre offers free guided tours of the building (maximum group of 25 people). The visits are aimed at people interested in the history of the building as well as the current management and the projects developed by SGAE. It is recommended to reserve a few days in advance by filling out this form.
Subway the subway of the future the beautiful metro of Bilbao - Bilbao, Spain
The beautiful Bilbao metro system was designed by the architect Sir Norman Foster. Built mainly of concrete, steel and glass, a so futuristic looks. This is even more surprising if you consider that it was designed in 1988! The metro is accessed through curved glass structures that Bilbao is called "fosteritos" in honor of his architect.
Although during your stay in Bilbao, it is possible to walk everywhere, it is worth making a metro ride, if only to see it. An alternative is to use the metro to get to the village of Getxo, where the suspension bridge, the only monument of the country Basque declared heritage of humanity by Unesco.
* There is the possibility of a guided visit to the metro. Although the visits are aimed at classes of schools or groups interested in the technical aspects, any group of at least 8 people is welcome. It is necessary to book in advance, by filling out this form.
Zubizuri (Calatrava bridge) bridge bridge of the controversies
Opened in 1997 and designed by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, this modern bridge, along with the Guggenheim Museum, became the symbol of the "new" Bilbao.
As its name suggests, the bridge is white ("zubi" means bridge and white "Züri" in Basque) and your floor is made of glass. It is characterized by its curvature, which together with the arc, creates a nice and interesting structure over the Nervión Ria.
Sadly, the Zubizuri bridge has been involved in several controversies. The first took place when the local Government decided to add a platform at the end of the bridge to facilitate direct access to some important buildings. The decision not sat well the architect, since I changed the appearance of its design. Calatrava complained to the Government about the change and won the case.
But then came the second, the most serious problem. With the rain - and Bilbao is known for its abundance in rain - the floor is slippery, so people started falling on the bridge. The situation came to such an extent that the Government had to intervene and install a carpet on the bridge, covering the beautiful glass floor and lights that gave light it by night.
While it is true that the bridge loses some of its charm with carpet covering the floor, at least now it is safe to cross it. And, if it were not for these anecdotes, you never probably became so
Basilica of Begoña in Bilbao most venerated Virgin
The Basilica of Begoña is located in one of the hills that surround the center of Bilbao. Although its construction started in 1511, not completed until a century later. The Renaissance façade of the Basilica of Begoña is characterized by its impressive triumphal arch in the main entrance. Inside, stresses the altar in neoclassical style. The Virgin of Begoña is, without a doubt, the most venerated Virgin of Bilbao. To get a better idea, Bilbao commonly call it the "amatxo" which means mother in Basque. There are several festivals throughout the year around the Virgen de Begoña, as floral offerings during the Aste Nagusia, but its main festivities are held from August 15 to October 11.
There are two options to get to the Basilica of Begoña. The first is to use the stairs located next to the exit of the Metro station "Casco Viejo" Unamuno, which receive the name of Mallona stairs. The second possibility is to use the elevator located inside the Metro station 'Casco Viejo' (entering from Unamuno). The use of the lift is included in the price of the ticket of metro (€1.50, only €0.80 with card Barik). The stairs end up next to the elevator exit. From there, there are signs indicating the direction to the street Virgen de Begoña, which must continue to walk 10 minutes to reach the Church.
Mirador de Artxanda
The viewpoint of Artxanda offers some of the best views of Bilbao. From there, it is possible to see old town, the Guggenheim Museum, Iberdrola Tower and the hills that surround the city centre. From this point, it is easy to understand why the bilbaino call their city "botxo" (hole, pit).
Although it is possible to walk or drive to the mirador de Artxanda, the easiest get is using the funicular railway which is located in the Plaza of the Funicular, where "Chestnut" and "Múgica and Butrón" streets intersect, near the Zubizuri bridge.
In the viewpoint, there is a small park, which is the perfect place to stroll and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a while. The Park includes two sculptures. One of them is a huge gear of the original structure of the funicular. Another sculpture is a huge imprint entitled "Fingerprint" and designed by Juan José Novella in honor of the victims of the Spanish Civil War. The sculpture was placed in the Park because the upper funicular station was bombed during the war on July 18, 1938.
throughout the year by tourists and natives.
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