Bilbao and the Basque Country

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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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  • 4. Catedral de Santiago

    Casco Viejo | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Bilbao's earliest church was a pilgrimage stop on the coastal route to Santiago de Compostela. Work on the structure began in 1379, but fire...Read More

  • 5. Euskal Museoa Bilbao Museo Vasco

    Casco Viejo | Museum/Gallery

    This be-all-end-all museum on Basque ethnography and Bilbao's cultural history occupies a 16th-century convent. Highlights include El Mikeldi...Read More

  • 6. Los Jardines de Albia

    El Ensanche | Garden/Arboretum

    Bilbaínos wax poetic about this welcoming town green surrounded by concrete jungle. Overlooking the square is the Basque Gothic Iglesia de San...Read More

  • 7. Museo Marítimo Ría de Bilbao

    San Mamés | Museum/Gallery

    This carefully researched nautical museum on the left bank of the Ría de Bilbao reconstructs the history of the Bilbao waterfront and shipbuilding...Read More

  • 8. Palacio de Euskalduna

    El Ensanche | Convention Center

    In homage to the astilleros Euskalduna (Basque Country shipbuilders) who operated shipyards here beside the Euskalduna bridge into the late...Read More

  • 9. Teatro Arriaga

    Casco Viejo | Arts/Performance Venue

    A century ago, this 1,500-seat theater was as exciting a source of Bilbao pride as the Guggenheim is today. Built between 1886 and 1890, when...Read More

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  • 10. Zubizuri

    El Ensanche | Bridge/Tunnel

    Santiago Calatrava's seagull-shaped bridge (the name means "white bridge" in Euskera) connects Campo Volantín on the right bank with El Ensanche...Read More

  • 11. Ascensor de Begoña

    Casco Viejo | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    This popular Bilbao landmark is an elevator that connects the Casco Viejo with points overlooking the city. La Basilica de la Begoña is the...Read More

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