You are about to learn about a city with plenty of charisma and personality; traditional and avantgarde at once, and host to one of the most exciting buildings in the world. Bilbao is easy to visit, with a cosmopolitan and gentle feel, and rich in cultural and gastronomical offerings. And it is also the door to a wide range of destinations due to its strategic location.
Bilbao is one of the main economic and cultural hubs in northern Spain, and has gained international recognition as an architectural point of reference. Certainly, the Guggenheim Museum has acted as its main calling card. But Bilbao has plenty of other interesting sites to offer, in and around the city. And its strategic location makes it an ideal port of entry to other parts of the northern Iberian peninsula, and to the southwest of France.
Shopping is also an interesting and enjoyable passtime in Bilbao: a stroll through the Old Town (Casco Viejo), one the largest shopping areas in Europe, allows one to enjoy some striking architecture, as well as joining in one of Bilbao's most popular activities – enjoying wine and pintxos in some of its many taverns and cafés.
And last but not least, Bilbao is an international point of reference in terms of gastronomy. The excellent restaurants, scattered all over the city, transform eating into an art form.