BILBAO

BILBAO
Creativity and innovation define Bilbao, the proud capital of one of the most singular Spanish regions, the Basque Country. The Guggenheim Museum has transformed the view of the city, placing the eyes of the world in such an extraordinary architectural piece of art of the 20th century.
Bilbao, the beating heart of the Basque Country, grew during industrialization and prospered thanks to the production of steel, shipping, shipbuilding and banking. It is the most touristy and most cosmopolitan city in the region, which continues to constantly evolve. Due to this, in recent years it has earned a deserved reputation that placed it on the international map.
Today Bilbao is a modern, extravagant city where you will find works from famous architects and artists. Starting with the futuristic building of Guggenheim Museum designed by architect Frank Gehry, then contemporary and timeless subway system made by Sir Norman Foster, an airport created by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and a community center by Philippe Starck (the Corn Exchange).

DID YOU KNOW THAT…
  • Bilbainos have its own songs called Bilbainadas and are as popular as their pintxos? Bilbainadas is a traditional genre linked to one of the most typical customs in the capital, “salir de pinchos” ("going out for pintxos") with your friends. The origin of these songs, cheerful and guasonas, dates back to the founding of the Villa de Bilbao. Notes and lyrics of the songs are called “canciones de ciegos” (blind songs).
  • Pintxos is the Basque name for tapa? But please do not dare in compare them if you do not want Bilbainos to be mad. A pintxo is a pintxo.


YOU SHOULD NOT MISS
  • The Guggenheim Museum
This is the most splendorous symbol of Bilbao. It was designed by the famous Frank O.Gehry and opened in 1997. Its Puppy, outside the museum - a floral sculpture of a dog - is well known worldwide. Too many personalities in the Arts exhibit their works at The Guggenheim.
  • The Old Town and its seven streets
Any excuse is good to enjoy the gastronomic, commercial and cultural offer of the Old Town. The corners of the Old Town house Bilbao's oldest churches and monuments: Santiago's Cathedral, the Church of San Antón, the Archaeological Museum, the Basque Museum, the Bidebarrieta City Library and the Plaza Nueva Square, a leisure area that hosts many ludic and festival activities, such as the Sunday Market