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Bilbao is a sprawling city with a strong Basque identity and rich heritage, which has rapidly transformed from a rather unattractive centre of industry into a buzzing cultural capital bursting with civic pride. Further back, Bilbao was originally a small medieval fishing village on the Rio Nervión. Today, 700 years later, it retains a small town feel despite being Spain's tenth largest city.

Bilbao's standout attraction is the world-famous Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. This Frank Gehry-designed contemporary art museum is one of the world's most recognisable modern buildings; its exterior bending and flexing in bright silver panels. The museum's striking design and the collection within - featuring works by Jeff Koons and Richard Serra among others - spawned a tourism boom, which reinvigorated Bilbao during the 1990s. The city hasn't looked back since.

The Guggenheim Museum is the centre of Bilbao's justified claim as a cultural capital, but there are a whole host of other landmarks and sites that are well worth exploring, too. Close to the museum is the district of Deutsu, full of cafes and bars where students and bohemians discuss the issues of the day. On the other side of the Rio Nervión, meanwhile, is Bilbao's old town, Casco Viejo, home to an impressive gothic Cathedral and a good starting point for exploring the rest of the city.

Top itineraries in Bilbao

Spain’s Paradors

Tailor-made self-drive routes from £370 pp incl. flights

Spain's 94 paradors are palaces, fortresses and castles, monasteries, convents and country houses. Our great-value Parador 5 night card includes a six-day stay across the majority of paradors and a 20% discount on meals. To tailor-make your own parador adventure, speak to one of our specialists.

Highlights of the Basque Country

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £775 pp incl. flights

Explore the postcard-perfect coastlines, medieval cities and vineyards of this unique Spanish region, all the while staying in Renaissance palaces, seaside villas and thousand-year-old castles.

Northern Spain self-drive

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £900 pp incl. flights

Discover ancient kingdoms, spectacular seascapes and lofty mountains on this wonderful route through northern Spain - a world away from the crowded 'costas' of the south.

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Top places to stay in Bilbao

Gran Hotel Domine, Bilbao

Contemporary hotel

Having opened in 2002, the Gran Hotel Domine exhibits all the designer considerations of its famous neighbour – the Guggenheim Museum.

Casa de Los Arquillos, Vitoria-Gasteiz

Traditional hotel

Housed in stone walls that back to the early 1800s, this is contemporary freshness among heritage charm. It’s ideal for longer stays, too, with apartment-sized rooms featuring full kitchens.

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