Bilbao, things to see in the major cities of the Basque Country
Information for visiting Bilbao, itinerary of places of interest and the main attractions not to be missed.
Located on the banks of the Nervion River and surrounded by green hills, Bilbao is an amazing city and the largest city in the Basque region of northern Spain, with its cultural treasures and culinary riches. In fact, the Basque cuisine is among the best in Spain and Bilbao are the most renowned restaurants in the region. In Bilbao are famous buildings from prized architectural value, such as the famous Guggenheim Museum and the Euskalduna Palace. To see the beautiful old town, Casco Viejo, with its crowded streets lined with ancient buildings, small shops, bars and a Gothic cathedral.
Things to do in Bilbao
Bilbao Basque Museum of Archaeology, Ethnography and History
In this museum, artifacts from prehistoric times found in the territory of the region of the Basque Country, archaeological remains and other historical value. The material shown allows visitors to investigate issues relating to prehistoric times, the maritime world, fishing, trade, crafts and religious life of this region.
This building was designed by Federico Soriano and Dolores Palacios and represents the last ship built in the old Euskalduna shipyard. Symbolic representation of the industrial heritage of Bilbao, this huge multifunctional complex, built in 1999 and located in the center of the city, contains a renowned congress center with a magnificent auditorium.
Fine Arts Museum of Bilbao
In this museum is a wonderful array of art from the 12th century to today. The collection includes more than 6,000 works of art, paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and decorative objects. E ‘divided into three parts, the first devoted to’ classical European art, with works by artists such as El Greek, Murillo, Goya and Van Dyck, the second to ‘contemporary art with works by Gauguin, Bacon, Chillida and Barceló, and third to ‘Basque art with works by Regoyos, Zuloaga, Echevarría, Iturrino and Arteta.
The major tourist attraction in Bilbao is undoubtedly the Guggenheim Museum. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, is a vast structure coated titanium in the center of Bilbao with an exhibition area of 11,000 square meters distributed between 19 galleries. Presents the works of some of the most influential artists of the second half of the 20th century, including Picasso, Motherwell, Rauschenberg, Still, Tàpies, Warhol, Klein and de Koonig.
Old town (Casco Viejo)
The historic center of Bilbao, is a maze of narrow pedestrian streets that branch off from the Plaza Nueva. The area has an atmosphere all its own, created by locals and tourists who walk the streets, nibbling on pintxos, the Basque version of tapas, drinking and enjoying the street life. The Cathedral of St James, built in the late 14th century in the Gothic style in honor of the patron saint official Bilbao, has an internal plan with three naves and three lights.
Ria de Bilbao Maritime Museum
Located in the docks of the old shipyard Euskalduna in Abandoibarra, Bilbao Maritime Museum is dedicated to all things related to the sea and navigation. The indoor section includes exhibitions, a multimedia archive, an auditorium, a shop and a café. Outside you can visit the old docks of Euskalduna Shipyards, where you can find a mooring ships.