Bilbao and the Basque Country

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  • 1. Artium


    Officially named the Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, this former bus station was reopened as a museum in 2002 by former king Juan...Read More

  • 2. Bodegas López de Heredia Viña Tondonia


    Call or email the historic López de Heredia Viña Tondonia winery—known for its vintage-release wines—to reserve a spot on one of the tours,...Read More

  • 3. Catedral de Santa María

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Dating back to the 14th century, the cathedral is currently being restored but is still open to visitors—in fact, that's part of the fun. Tour...Read More

  • 4. Herederos de Marqués de Riscal


    The village of Elciego, 6 km (4 miles) southeast of Laguardia, is the site of the historic Marqués de Riscal winery. Tours of the vineyards...Read More

  • 5. La Kontxa

    La Concha | Beach

    San Sebastián's shell-shaped main beach is one of the most famous urban beaches in the world. Night and day, rain or shine, it's filled with...Read More

  • 6. Mercado de la Ribera

    Casco Viejo | Market/Bazaar

    This renovated triple-decker ocean liner, with its prow facing down the estuary toward the open sea, is one of the best markets of its kind...Read More

  • 7. Monte Igueldo

    Igueldo | Mountain

    On the western side of the bay, this promontory is a must-visit. You can walk or drive up or take the funicular (€3.75 round-trip), with departures...Read More

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  • 8. Museo de Bellas Artes

    El Ensanche | Museum/Gallery

    Considered one of the top five museums in a country that has a staggering number of museums and great paintings, the Museo de Bellas Artes is...Read More

  • 9. Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

    El Ensanche | Museum/Gallery

    When it comes to Bilbao's present and future, it's hard to overstate the importance of the Guggenheim museum, Frank Gehry’s architectural masterpiece...Read More

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  • 10. Puente de Vizcaya

    Las Arenas | Bridge/Tunnel

    One of Bilbao's most extraordinary sights since it was built in 1893, this transporter bridge suspended from cables ferries cars and passengers...Read More

  • 11. San Millán de la Cogolla

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This town, southeast of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, has two jaw-dropping monasteries on the UNESCO World Heritage sites list. There's Monasterio...Read More

  • 12. Santa María de los Reyes

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Laguardia's architectural crown jewel is this church's Gothic polychrome portal—the only of its kind in Spain. Protected by a posterior Renaissance...Read More

  • 13. Aquarium Donostia-San Sebastián

    Parte Vieja | Zoo/Aquarium

    For a stroll through and under some 6,000 marine animals—ranging from tiger sharks to sea turtles, with one participative pool where kids are...Read More

  • 14. Archivo Real y General de Navarra


    This Rafael Moneo–designed monolith of glass and stone, ingeniously contained within a Romanesque palace, is Pamplona's architectural treasure...Read More

  • 15. Ayuntamiento

    Government Building

    Pamplona's most remarkable civic building is the ornate town hall on the Plaza Consistorial, with its rich ocher facade setting off brightly...Read More

  • 16. Azkuna Zentroa

    El Ensanche | Arts/Performance Venue

    In the early 20th century this was a municipal wine-storage facility used by Bilbao's Rioja wine barons. Now, the city-block-size, Philippe...Read More

  • 17. Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Begoña

    Begoñalde | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Bilbao's most cherished religious sanctuary, dedicated to the patron saint of Vizcaya, was begun in 1519 on the site of an early hermitage where...Read More

  • 18. Bibat


    The 1525 Palacio de Bendaña and adjoining bronze-plated building are home to one of Vitoria's main attractions, the Bibat, which combines the...Read More

  • 19. Biblioteca de Bidebarrieta

    Casco Viejo | Library/Archive

    This historic library and intellectual club was originally called El Sitio (The Siege) in memory of Bilbao's successful resistance to the Carlist...Read More

  • 20. Bodega el Fabulista


    This family-run bodega is famed for its down-to-earth, approachable tours, which take place in the 16th-century caves below Laguardia and are...Read More

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