Bilbao: between art and modernity

Bilbao is definitely one of the most pioneering cities of Europe. Basque in the heart, Bilbao is the capital of the province of Biscay.
In this city in northern Spain, ancient and modern buildings coexist perfectly.

The plane is waiting for us
Biscay Gulf
independence desire...

"Walking you learn about life, walking you know things, walking you heal the wounds of the day before.
Walking upon a star, listening to a voice, following in the footsteps of other steps.
Walking seeking life, healing the wounds left by the pain.
Nothing can erase the memory of the progress made. "
- Ruben Blades -

The modern and contemporary art lovers will be appalled by the works kept inside the Guggenheim Museum; a true architectural marvel, located along the River Nervion.

I recommend taking the audio guides, because the explanations are interesting and let the visitor immerse in a magical atmosphere. You will make an exciting journey in the world of the Art.

Casco Viejo is characterized by a maze of narrow and crowded streets where you can feel the special atmosphere of the old town of Bilbao. Among the buildings of the late nineteenth century with beautiful flowered balconies, you can easily stroll around shopping or stop at one of the many bars and cafes.

Take an aperitif in the beautiful Plaza Nueva, this immense neoclassical square is lined with souvenir shops, restaurants, the Sunday flea market and folk festivals: the perfect place to immerse yourself in the local culture.

Guides talk about “La Ribera market” as one of the largest markets in Europe... I would define it as a "journey in the Basque food habits". The market is structured on three floors, the first is entirely occupied by a restaurant, the second by a few bars and the last by shoals of fish and few stalls of meat and vegetables.

A visit of Bilbao is not complete without a walk on the arched steel suspended bridge Zubizuri over Nervion River, designed by Santiago Calatrava.

In the end we can’t forget the famous Pintxos ... which are not Tapas!!! They are easy and quick appetizers typical of the Basque region and Navarra. They are the regional snacks for excellence, so called because they are held together by a toothpick. The toothpick size (height or width) defines the price of the pintxos. They are a staple of Basque culture and usually served in the early hours of the evening, the restaurants of Bilbao, in fact, stop serving at around 21:00 or 22:00.
That’s why, in Spain, there is a saying: "The South sing, the North eat."
So we can wish you a pleasant journey but also “buen provecho”!

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