Read about the city
Bilbao in northern Spain is a city that really became a tourist destination after the opening of the Guggenheim Museum, but here is also so much more to see. You can look forward to interesting sights, beautiful surroundings and local gastronomy such as the delicious pintxos of the Basque Country, the small pieces of bread with mixed cold cuts.
On a trip to Bilbao, the old town, Casco Viejo, is the place to start. It is a neighborhood with narrow streets, cozy squares and colorful buildings. There are of course many cafes that you can enjoy between sights with the city cathedral, other churches and the Archaeological Museum as some of them.
Bilbao's landmark is Frank Gehry's famous museum building with the exciting outer curves where the Guggenheim Art Museum is located. A visit here is almost a must in the city, where you can also visit other museums. It can be, for example, the Museo Euskal about the culture of the Basque Country.
The Basque Country is also an area worth exploring from Bilbao. Here are breathtaking coastlines, beautiful national parks and many interesting cities. The most famous is San Sebastián, also known as Donostia. This is where you will find the iconic beach, Playa de la Concha.
- Arriaga Theater/Teatro Arriaga: The Arriaga Theater is Bilbao's opera house. The beautiful theater building was constructed in 1890 in neo - baroque style according to architect Joaquin Rucoba's design. The theater is named after the composer Juan Crísóstomo Arriaga, who has been nicknamed the Spanish Mozart.
- Akzuna Zentroa: This is Bilbao's former wine exchange, which has been developed into a culture and event building. The redesign was done by the artist Philippe Starck. Behind the beautiful, old façade, a modern space opens up, and special attention should be paid to the individually decorated columns.
- New Square/Plaza Nueva: This square is one of the central ones in Bilbao's old town, Casco Viejo. The square was completed in 1851 with the elegant, neoclassical arcades that can be seen around the square.
- Maritime Museum/Museo Marítimo: Bilbao's Maritime Museum is an interesting museum where you get through the area's maritime history and traditions in an exciting way. Here there are depictions, model ships and much more to explore.
- Archaeological Museum/Museo Arqueológico: At the city's Archaeological Museum you can learn about Bilbao's long history through various finds and themes from the first settlements in the area to today. It is a good introduction to a visit to the city.
- Doña Casilda Iturrízar Park/Parque de Doña Casilda Iturrízar: This park is Bilbao's largest and it is a nice place for some walks. In the park there are fine facilities, ponds, fountains and other things that attract many of the city's citizens.
- Church of St Anthony/Iglesia de San Antón: This Gothic church was consecrated in 1510 and stands beautifully on the site where the Puente de San Antón bridge crosses Nervión river named the Estuary of Bilbao, which forms a river here. The church bell tower dates from the 1770s.
- Bilbao Cathedral/Catedral de Santiago: Bilbao Cathedral was originally built as a parish church in the 14th and 15th centuries. The church achieved the status of a cathedral in 1950, when Bilbao's Catholic diocese was established.
- Abando Railway Station/Estación de Abando: This is a railway station building that you should visit if you want to see the station's impressive glass mosaic, which shows both the sights of the city and scenes from Bilbao's daily life.
- Artxanda Funicular/Funicular de Artxanda: This cable car takes locals and tourists from Bilbao's street level up to the Artxanda ridge. The current course was opened in 1915. At the top you have an excellent view of the city.
- La Salve Bridge/Puente de la Salve: In 1972, this bridge opened as the first cable-stayed bridge in Spain. Since then, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was built at the bridge. On the occasion of the museum's 10th anniversary, Daniel Buren's red arch was set up on the bridge.
- The White Bridge/Puente Zubizuri: Zubizuri means the white bridge and it is the name of this work by the architect Santiago Calatrava. The bridge opened in 1997 and spans the Nervión River in central Bilbao.