A look at Artistic Bilbao: 5 places to visit

The artistic city of Bilbao has grown in the last twenty years into one of the trendiest holiday destinations in Spain.

Around the world, the capital of the Basque Country area of Spain is highly regarded thanks to its exciting art scene, striking architecture complete with historic highlights that complement the city’s more recent features.

A tradition industry city, Bilbao has had to change with the times, and grand attractions discussed have helped transform the city into an exciting holiday destination.

In order to understand Bilbao’s appeal, we take a look at what the city has to offer.

1. Basilica of Begona

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One of the oldest landmarks in the city, this Gothic landmark can be found to the south of the Casco Viejo area in the city.

A key building, many tourists find their feet taking them for a stop by the Basilica in order to simply admire the beauty of the building.

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2. Casco Viejo

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The Medieval Quarter of the city, Casco Viejo and its streets lined with rows of buildings that rise high above you, is home to a selection of markets offering some of the best local produce available in the city.

Over 700 years old, Casco Viejo was once protected by huge walls built to protect its inhabitants.

La Ribera Market is great for trying some of the local produce or simply having a browse to feed your curiosity.

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3. Guggenheim Museum

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With an exterior covered in titanium, the Guggenheim Museum or Museo Guggenheim Bilbao is a prime example of the city’s striking architectural legacy.

Referencing the city’s industrial past, Canadian architect Frank Gehry was careful to incorporate metal and sweeping lines that give the museum is slightly unusual shape.

Stepping inside, the museum’s interior is just as impressive.

With the striking shapes continuing, some parts of structure appear to almost float above you as you admire the various exhibits on display.

The museum is currently home to a varied selection of works of art, including pieces by Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol.

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4. Plaza Berria

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The city’s Main Square, Plaza Berria is vast European-style Square nearing its 200th birthday in 2021.

Plaza Berria is a great reference point for tourists when navigating their way around the city.

Here, visitors will find a nice selection of bars and restaurants perfect for unwinding after a day of exploration.

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5. Bermeo

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A popular day trip from Bilbao for those holidaymakers looking to experience more of the Spanish coastline, the town of Bermeo and it’s port has a French Riviera vibe about it.

Take time to walk along the edge of Marina to admire the various boats, and other small vessels of all shapes and sizes.

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