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Bilbao

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Things to do: museums, historic sites, sightseeing

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River. Its renowned buildings topmost sightseeing itineraries, displaying a variety of styles, often unusually blending Gothic with experimental and contemporary architectural elements. Bilbao’s historic town center is pedestrianized, with numerous churches and world-class museums easily explored on a leisurely stroll. Though once seen as an industrial wasteland with few tourist attractions, modern Bilbao is one of Europe’s major art centers, with a multitude of first-class art galleries. Its people are proud of their Basque culture, yet work hard to make their city one of the most cosmopolitan urban centers in the world. Plan your trip to Bilbao and other Spain destinations using our handy Spain vacation route planner.
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Where to stay in Bilbao

Thanks to the Bilbao's safe and newly renovated metro system, all neighborhoods are any easy commute regardless of the city's characteristic rainy weather. The Casco Antiguo, or old quarter, is undoubtedly the heart of the city's and best place for trying the famous "pintxos" or small appetizers. Small boutique hotels and family-owned pensions provide affordable and convenient accommodation for those wishing to get to know this picturesque district. If you prefer a more tranquil experience away from the lively bar culture characteristic of the old quarter you might wish to stay in one of the many hotels that line the beautiful Nervión River leading down from the historical district to the Guggenheim museum.
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