14 August 2017, 4:04 PM
Travel to Bilbao in Spain and enjoy the Guggenheim Museum
Since opening in 1997, the futuristic Guggenheim Museum has attracted millions of visitors who flock to see the incredible titanium exterior as much as the permanent and visiting art exhibitions. Architects and building experts hold the design as heralding the movement called 'Deconstructivism' which focuses on fragments and shapes in architecture. One of the largest museums in the world, the Guggenheim Museum in Balbao features the seven sculptures of The Matter of Time and modern art from the world's most famous painters and sculptors.
Bilbao offers an easy to ride, uncrowded metro that you can take to the Moyua Metro Stop close by the Guggenheim Museum. The Balboa Tram also passes through the Guggenheim Museum and connects to the Metro, making it very easy to travel to the museum from any hotel in the city. The Guggenheim Museum boasts several restaurants and a cafe for you to enjoy lunch or coffee in and admire the architecture from the inside. After your visit to the Museum, catch the Bilboa tram to nearby attractions including the Dona Casilda, a park featuring beautiful water fountains, sculptures and benches. Relax and enjoy the tranquility after a long day walking around the Guggenheim Museum.
Bilboa is the capital of the Basque Country, which is west of the Pyrenees mountains that extends from France into Spain. The Basque Country overlaps sections of both countries, and exploring the history is fascinating. Bilboa is the capital of Biscay, one part of the Basque Country community. Learn more about the history, culture, and daily lives of the Basque people by visiting the Euskal Museum.
The Old City of Bilbao
As you walk along the 'Riberia' (Riverbank) towards the Seven Streets of the Old Town in Balboa, navigate yourself to the Plaza Nueva where you will notice how colorful the buildings are. A mix of medieval buildings with modern-painted building facades, you will enjoy walking the streets leading into the Old Town and admiring the quaint narrow streets of this Basque Country capital. Plaza Nueva is transformed into markets on Sundays where you can find clothes, books, flowers, locally made crafts, and taste Pinchos, a bite-sized
bread based snack served with a toothpick.
Be sure not to miss the wonder of Bilbao. The drive from Madrid along the A-1 Highway is a straight road and only 250 miles from Madrid.