Bilbao City Break
Bilbao’s evolving architectural landscape
Bilbao, an industrial port city in northern Spain in the heart of the Basque Country and capital of the province of Bizkaia, is a city surrounded by green mountains. It was put on the world's radar in 1997 with the opening of the Guggenheim, the scaly titanium-clad museum made by famed architect Frank Gehry. Bilbao has become a design town marked by its giant shrimp-like Fosteritos, the metro stops designed by the English architect Norman Foster. It’s also a serious food town with Michelin stars and Thermomix billboards to prove it.
Day by day
Arrive and get to know the town
Enjoy a walking tour of the Casco Viejo, or old quarter, on the right bank and enjoy pintxos for lunch, the Basque version of tapas, on a food tour. Visit the largest covered farmers market in Europe and take advantage of the city's shopping.
Discover the changing architectural landscape of Bilbao
Walking tour of Bilbao’s new and exciting contemporary architecture with works by Rafael Moneo, Cesar Pelli, Arata Isozaki, and Alvaro Siza amongst others. You will of course visit the famed Guggenheim, a museum which had a profound effect in changing the architectural landscape of Bilbao. The museum houses modern and contemporary works from prominent artists, but it’s the curvy, titanium-clad building that receives the most attention. Lunch and dinner suggestions at a Michelin starred restaurant and a local traditional restaurant.
No evening in Spain is complete without a nightcap. Enjoy a fashionable “gin-tonic” on a rooftop terrace overlooking the river and city lights.
Bridge, fashion and farewell!
Ride the metro designed by Norman Foster, walk across the puente colgante, a Unesco world heritage suspension bridge, the first transporter bridge in the world, built by an architect who worked closely with Gustave Eiffel. In the Indautxu district, visit Azkuna Zentroa, formerly known as the Alhóndiga Bilbao, an old wine warehouse that’s been converted into a vast culture and design center conjured up by designer Philippe Starck. Lunch suggestions depending on flight details.