Bilbao (and surroundings), between sustainability, design and good food

Bilbao: a journey into the future, between modern architecture and trendy clubs

Located in The Basque countryvery green region of Northern Spainsandwiched between Bay of Biscay and The Pyrenees, Bilbao it is a city that never stops changing. In recent decades, it has renovated its historic center and many of the Art Nouveau and Deco buildings. And it transformed a dilapidated and abandoned area into a wonderful park with a state-of-the-art cultural center named after it River Water Frontwhich overlooks the estuary of Bilbao, crossed by the ultra-modern bridge designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava. On the right side of this area is Guggenheim Museumthe work of the Canadian architect Frank O’Gehry. A masterpiece of modern architecture (which this year celebrates 25 years) and a worldwide exhibition reference point that will leave you speechless: steel and crystal structures that create meandering volumes, superimposed on each other, that play with light and space. The halls contain masterpieces of modern and contemporary art, works of Kandinsky, Picasso, Warholto name a few (until September 18, 2022 the exhibition ‘Movement. Cars, art, architecture’exhibition project conceived by Lord Norman Foster: 38 grandiose cars along with dozens and dozens of works from the world of painting, sculpture, photography and architecture). In addition to art (Azkuna Zentroa from Philippe Stark and Bilbao Fine Arts Museum) it is wonderful to walk through the streets in Viejo helmet, the historic center, between the cathedral and the typical buildings with bay windows, between shops, restaurants and bars to drink a glass of wine and eat delicious pinchos. The streets of Bilbao are a fantastic display of modern architecture and artwork. The largest examples are found around the “estuary”, between the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, i.e Gardens of Albia and Palace of Congresses and Music. This is the famous one Bilbao Art District, an initiative through which activities are carried out throughout the year to integrate culture and art into the city’s everyday life. The city can be reached from Milan by Vueling which connects the Basque city with 2 flights per week (Friday and Sunday).

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Azkuna Zentroa is the modern contemporary art and leisure center, the cultural landmark of Bilbao

Discover a greener Bilbao, including boat tours, funicular tours and tram tours

Bilbao has a modern public network and other private solutions that make it possible to create original and, above all, sustainable routes. Among these: the tram and cable car to discover the city and the mountains. The tram crosses the city from the station Bolueta to park La Casilla. A single line, sixteen and a path, where the traveler can get a precise idea of ​​the city planning. A sustainable transport solution that combines comfort and respect for the environment. The tram runs next to it Seven ways of the historic center and stops at places not to be missed such as Arriaga Theaterthat Euskalduna Palacethat Guggenheim Museumsee San Mamés Stadium and the fifteen modernist buildings in thehospital of Basurto. From the road route, you pass to the one on the cable car, which climbs up to Mount Artxanda. This means of transportation allows you to enjoy one of the most atmospheric views of the city during the 800-meter journey between the railway station Paseo del Campo Volantínwhere we start, up to the top, which touches approx 226 meters in height. ‘ría’ of Nervion by boat is a practical and functional way to discover and appreciate the new architectures and the wonderful landscapes: Deusto bridgecatwalks of Santiago Calatrava and off Arata Isozakithe towers of the complex Isozaki AteaEuskalduna Palace and the Maritime Museum.

View of Bilbao with the Ribera Market on the Nervion River


A trip to greener Bilbao, including boat trips and funicular rides

Excursions around Bilbao, between golden beaches and stone bridges

The north of Spain it has always been known as one of the most beautiful places in the country. Rocky coasts, green landscapes and small fishing villages give it a special charm. The Basque coast is a magical place that must be seen. The vast beaches with golden sand, the deep seafaring tradition and the fairytale-like landscapes of the coast are the greatest beauties of this area. In addition to modern cities and areas that have retained a rural character, there are different realities in the hinterland, such as Durango, Elorrio, Otxandio, Orduña And Balmaseda, with an important legacy. Along the 150 kilometer long coastline it is possible to see fantastic beaches, cliffs and beautiful seaside resorts. In addition, you will find on the coast Suspension bridge of Biscay World Heritage ofUNESCOidyllic landscapes such as San Juan de Gaztelugatxea small cone-shaped islet – 35 km east of Bilbao – in the coastal city Bermeowhich houses a sanctuary dedicated to San Giovanni Battista a 150 m above sea level, which can be accessed via stone bridges. One reason why this place has become very famous is because various scenes of the series were shot right here Game of Thrones. More precisely, this position is called in the series Dragon’s Rock.

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (Dragon Stone) at sunset


Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a small island 35 km east of Bilbao. It can be accessed via stone bridges.

Close to Bilbao, a wow natural park where nature reigns

Middle boss Matxitxaco and boss Ogoñoextend 12 kilometers of beach declared byUNESCOtogether with other ecosystems, World Biosphere Reserve (1984). The oak forests that rise a few meters from the aquatic vegetation give an idea of ​​the richness of the environment of this estuary. One of the most fascinating elements is the diversity of the birds that inhabit the area. There ría of Urdaibai it represents one of the richest natural landscapes in the Basque Country. Mountains not too high, but with steep slopes, give way to a valley that ends in Cantabrian Sea, which gives life to a large estuary. The plain becomes a swamp and forms cliffs and beaches. There are two to see: Laida And Laga. The first, almost one kilometer talcum beach, is the largest in Urdaibai, is furrowed by dunes and is ideal for windsurfing, kayaking, stand-up paddling, sailing and above all surfing, as from this beach it is possible to access the famous left wave of Mundaka. A few kilometers away is Laga: a natural paradise surrounded by crystal clear water. Not far away Guernicain the valley of Oka riverreligious and historical capital of the Spanish Basque Country, famous all over the world thanks to Guernicamajestic work of Picasso, a painting with the usual cubist character, depicting the effects of the bombing of the city during the Spanish Civil War. 40 minutes drive from Bilbao, Orduña looks like a picturesque medieval village which surrounds the town’s main square.

The Urdaibai Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the Basque Country


The Urdaibai Reserve stretches over 12 kilometers of beach, declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO

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