Stroll the narrow alleyways of the “Seven Streets” or “Siete Calles” passing bustling pintxos bars and the busy, colourful market, and admire the colonnade and Roman arches of the Plaza Nuevo. This is the beating heart of the city, the city the beating heart of the Basque Country.
Bilbao’s determination to succeed has made the city what it is today. Reconstruction after the Spanish civil war, its pivotal role in the iron industry in the 19th and 20th centuries and being the seat of the Basque government has allowed the city to grow into a leading example of the Basque spirit.
From the arrival of the Guggenheim Museum in 1997, the Norman Foster-designed Metro stations, and the old wine warehouse that now houses a leisure/cultural centre with a glass bottomed swimming pool, to the rejuvenation of the city’s parks and waterfront. The numerous cycle paths that criss-cross the city make sightseeing by bike a lot of fun. All these, and more make Bilbao a wonderful destination to suit all tastes.
The beautiful Basque countryside sits right on Bilbao’s doorstep. The pilgrimage route of the Camino de Santiago winds its way along the coast, passing the fishing village of Getaria which overlooks the Bay of Biscay and alongside the vineyards of the Txakoli wine region which stretch endlessly into the distance.