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Bilbao is a sunny port city celebrated for its urban architecture of soaring skyscrapers, cultural centers and museums such as Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, offset by a coastal landscape and towering cathedrals. Perhaps the best way to explore this northern Basque city is to go bar hopping as the locals do, nibbling on pintxos and downing glasses of txakoli, the sparkling white wine of the region. Despite its modern avatar, Bilbao offers a surprising level of natural beauty with the Nervión River meandering through town, the waterside promenades, parks and tree-lined avenues, all framed by the rolling Iberian hills in the background. Catch a football game at the Estadio San Mamés, followed by tortillas de bacalao washed down with cider at a rustic tavern tucked among the cobbled streets of the old town.

Highlights

  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Casco Viejo
  • La Ribera Market
  • Gastronomy

Places to Stay

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Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao

Style: International

Gran Hotel Domine in Bilbao offers an indulgent stay in the heart of the city’s arts district. Located right across the globally renowned Guggenheim Museum, this contemporary hotel is also within easy walking distance of hip tapas bars on the main shopping street.

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Hotel Miro Bilbao

Style: Boutique

Hotel Miro Bilbao is a stylish urban escape, the brainchild of fashion designer Antonio Miró, in Bilbao. Situated steps away from the riverside Guggenheim Museum, enjoy your convenient location near the several landmark attractions.

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