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The city of Bilbao is located along the banks of the river Nervion. Today, it is a vigorous city undergoing a lot of change and revitalization that was put in motion by the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum and is continued today by various infrastructure projects.
The buildings in Bilbao showcase diverse architectural styles from contemporary to gothic. The historic Old Town has some of Bilbao's oldest buildings like the Church of San Anton and St. James' Cathedral. The Old Town is a pedestrian only area in the day.
Since the start of the industrialization in the '90s, several industrial areas in Bilbao have been transformed into contemporary spaces designed by some of the most well-known artists and architects in the world. The Guggenheim Museum is the best example. The museum is located in a building that was once a wooden warehouse and an old dock.
Bilbao has many concert halls, cinemas and theatres. The city's has a regular opera season as well as performances by the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra. In Basque Country, choral music is quite popular and the city's own choral society dates back to 1886.
The museums in Bilbao include the world class Guggenheim Museum showcasing contemporary art and Bilbao Fine Arts Museum showcasing Spanish painting collection.
Like with any other city in Spain, Bilbao's nightlife is vibrant and diverse with a thriving live music scene. The main festival in the city is Semana Grande or the Big Week that attracts more than 100,000 people from everywhere in the world every year in August.
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holidays - Top Places To Go
|1. Guggenheim Museum
Abandoibarra Et. 2
|What is it? Locals in Bilbao are divided on whether it is
a 'beauty or a beast', but the bizarre multi-million dollar
Guggenheim Museum, opened in 1997, has brought thousands of
visitors flocking to the city to be awed or floored. The massive
museum has no right angles and resembles a metallic flower, clad in
shiny titanium, sited in the former dockyard alongside the Nervion
River. It was designed by Frank Gehry. Inside, apart from
breathtaking spaces, the museum houses the works of some important
20th century artists, including Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy
Warhol, Willem de Koonig and Clyfford Still. There are also
sections displaying the work of young Basque and Spanish artists,
and rotating exhibits lent by the Guggenheim museums in New York
Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm (also open Mondays
between June and August)
Phone:94 435 90 80
|2. Museo de Bellas Artes
Museo Plaza 2
|What is it? For a more mainstream artistic experience
than that offered by the astonishing Guggenheim gallery, the Museo
de Bellas Artes in the Plaza Museo fits the bill admirably with
some valuable works on display behind an unassuming façade. The
museum's impressive collection spans art from the 12th to 20th
century, highlights being some excellent Flemish works from between
the 15th and 17th centuries. There are also works by El Greco,
Goya, Gauguin, Francis Bacon, Picasso and Velazquez. To the rear of
the building is a sculpture garden.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Saturday 10am and 8pm, Sundays 10am to
Phone:94 439 6060
|3. Museu Vasco
Plaza Miguel de Unamuno, 4
|What is it? The Museu Vasco, also known as the Euskal
Museoa or Basque Museum, is in the heart of the old quarter of the
city, housed in a 17th century Jesuit cloister. The museum depicts
Basque culture, history and ethnology, and its exhibits span a wide
range of interests including: weaving, the blacksmith trade,
pastoral life and maritime matters. The displays offer the chance
to dip into Basque political and social life, using everything from
model ships to reconstructions of rooms and
Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm, Sundays 11am to
Phone:94 415 5423
holidays - Top Events
|1. San Fermin (Running of the Bulls)
|What is it? The annual festival honouring Saint Fermin is
most famous for its Running of the Bulls which takes place every
morning throughout the celebrations. Ernest Hemmingway brought the
festival to world attention with his novel 'The Sun Also Rises,'
and millions of brave visitors have since ventured to join in the
Where is it? The town of Pamplona in the north-eastern part of the
|2. O Grove Seafood Festival
|What is it? Come October, the north-western province of
Spain grows (as does its reputation) into the place to be for
seafood in Europe. Hundreds of thousands come by to enjoy the
succulent flavours and delights available.
Where is it? O Grove Town Hall, Galicia