Bilbao

It might seem crazy linking the name of a city with a museum, but due credit should be given to the Guggenhiem museum, inaugurated in 1997, for catapulting the number of visitors to this city from a paltry 25,000 per year to more than 700,000 as of date. Apart from the other tourist spots,

Bilbao lies approximately 14 kilometers south of the Bay of Biscay and on the north-central part of Spain. Apart from its innumerous festivals, this city also offers tourists an option to revel in its beach.

Bilbao Guggenheim Museum

Bilbao Guggenheim Museum

Tourist Spots:

The Gran Via: Visited by all tourists, this shopping center lies between the Plaza Moyua and the Plaza Circular. It is also the commercial hub of the city, is home to innumerous commercial establishments, and boasts of two famous shopping landmarks, Marks & Spencer, and El Corte Inglés. It is the also best place for both shopping and leisure walking.

Castillo de Butrón: Built in the 13th century, this fortress witnesses footfalls by tourists interested in gothic architecture. It is located approximately 20 kilometers from the heart of the city, and near the beaches of Plencia and Gorliz. It boasts of a 45,000 square meter recreational area. Do not miss the imposing citadel, situated atop the principal gateway. Check out for and view the amazing audio-visual show that takes viewers into the past and provides them with graphic recreations of the fortresses’ medieval history.

Estadio de fútbol de San Mamés: This stadium is a must visit for those who love sports, especially football. Inaugurated on August 21, 1913, this stadium has a seating capacity of 40,000. This stadium is recognized as one of the landmarks of the city too.

Plaza de Miguel de Unamuno: Take a glimpse in to the past and the present in the monument that derives its name from the local philosophical and literary giant, Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo. One can also find his statue, set atop a large column in the vicinity. This is also the place to visit during the Grand Week Festival to witness different types of activities including its famous concerts.

Casa Montero Alameda de Rekalde: This is yet another famous monument, popularly known as Casa de Gaudi. Do not miss out its bay windows along with brackets, made from granite and wrought iron.

Festivals: Those interested in festivals and fairs should visit this place around Easter, especially during the Semanta Santa or the Holy week. During this time, the city turns into a mixture of color and fun with different types of events and festivals. Apart from this, one can also find various other events throughout the year including book fairs, film festivals, and some religious parades. Getxo, a small town situated in close proximity to Bilbao, is famous for its international jazz festival, held in July every year.

Bilbao Old town

Bilbao Old town

Transport & Lodging: Airports, trains, and cars connect Bilbao with the rest of the world. Accommodation poses no problems with different grades of hotels available, suitable for travelers with different types of budgets.