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  • The Basque capital, Bilbao, is a very industrialised port city. However, it has conserved a particular charm that is revealed in the small alleys of the old city, around the Plaza Nueva, on the right shore of the Nervión river. The Cathedral, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Basque Archaeological, Anthropological and Historical Museum compose the main cultural attractions of the ...
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  • The Royal Academy of the Basque Language that looks over Plaza Nueva is a beautiful example of Belle Époque architecture.
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  • The 'Maman' sculpture by Louise Bourgeois and the 'Arc Rouge' by Daniel Buren are two examples of artistic revival in Bilbao.
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  • This building conceived and designed by Frank Gehry symbolises the shipbuilding industry through its shape and the materials used.
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  • This huge sculpture of a West Highland White Terrier covered with flowers proudly stands before the Guggenheim. It has become a mascot for Bilbao.
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  • The promenade lines the Nevion river, which is spanned by the Zubizuri bridge designed by architect Santiago Calavatra.
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  • Built in 1902, the Concordia station is a unique example of the Art Nouveau style. It is part of Bilbao's Belle Époque heritage.
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Amy Adejokun
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The Basque capital, Bilbao, is a very industrialised port city. However, it has conserved a particular charm that is revealed in the small alleys of the old city, around the Plaza Nueva, on the right shore of the Nervión river. The Cathedral, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Basque Archaeological, Anthropological and Historical Museum compose the main cultural attractions of the city. West of Bilbao, the village of La Reineta, accessible by a funicular, offers a wide view over the ancient docks. On the eastern shore of the estuary, Algorta is an elegant seaside resort.

Bilbao: what to do?

West of Bilbao, the village of La Reineta, which can be accessed via a cable car, offers an expansive view over the ancient docks. On the eastern side of the estuary lies Algorta, an elegant seaside resort.

Bilbao has managed to maintain a particular charm that can be seen in the small streets of the old city, around the Plaza Nueva on the right bank of the Nervión river. Its cathedral, the Guggenheim Museum, the Fine Arts Museum, and the Basque Archaeological, Anthropological and Historical Museum are the city's main cultural attractions.

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Bilbao: the key figures

Surface area : 2,737 mi², approximately 1.4% of the surface area of Spain. km2

Population : 2,141,000 inhabitants, including a working population of 986,300. The average population density is 693.3 inhabitants/mi². The largest towns are the three provincial capitals: Bilbao (355,845 inhabitants); Vitoria-Gasteiz (227,645 inhabitants);and San Sebastián (184,845 inhabitants). inhabitants

Reminders

The shops and banks tend to be located around the Gran Via. The most emblematic, not-to-be-missed buildings are the Arriaga Theatre and Santiago Cathedral. This is where the market is held every Sunday, as well as the celebrations for the Santo Tomás festival.

Bilbao: what to eat?

The best place to try different pintxos is in the old town (and notably 'Siete Calles', which has plenty of restaurants).

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