10 November 2015

Road trip in Spain - Day 3 - Bilbao

As I said on the last post, everyone told me that Bilbao wasn't very interesting, nevertheless I liked it a lot, not only the city itself but the surrounding area as well.
I guess I can understand why people might not feel the appeal, it's grey and industrial and most of the times cloudy, but that gives it it's charm. Bilbao has a bit of the London mood and who doesn't love London?! Well, I do!

Bizkaia Pais Vasco


Bilbao

If you think about Bilbao I'm sure the first thing that comes to your mind is Guggenheim Museum and for a reason, it's an amazing building from Frank Gehry that hosts exhibitions from the greatest artists. When I was there they had two exhibitions, one from Jeff Koons and the other one from Jean-Michel Basquiat. I know, right?! How lucky can a girl be?! I was blown away by the museum and I highly recommend it!
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

The neighbourhood around it has wide streets and avenues flanked by all kinds of shops and the main brands are all here. And it was here that I introduced my family to the famous basque tapas, los pinchos. If you read the post about Pamplona you already know how much I love pinchos and by the end of the dinner I was not the only pinchos fan club member anymore.

 Pinchos Bilbao
Bilbao Street art
Bilbao has a lovely old town and we managed to find the square where all the pinchos bars are, so we went for it again. The cool thing about pinchos is that most of the places have their own "recipes" so you'll hardly repeat the same things.
Bilbao
Los Arcos Bilbao
Bilbao
Bilbao
Pinchos Bilbao
When in the Bilbao area, it's worth a visit to the Viscaya bridge, also known as the hanging bridge. It was built in 1893 and designed by one of Eiffel's disciples called  Alberto Palacio and it connects the towns of Portugalete and Las Arenas. If this engineering project seemed quite futuristic to me I can only imagine how amazing it must have seemed to the XIX century people. 
If any excuse was needed to cross the Nervion river by bridge, I can give you two, the promenades on each side of the river banks are a very pretty walk.
Portugalete
Portugalete
Portugalete
Puente Colgante Vizcaya
Puente Colgante Vizcaya
Puente Colgante Vizcaya
Las Arenas
Las Arenas
Las Arenas
Portugalete

Fourth day of this road trip coming soon. What we visited on our way to San Sebastian.

5 comments:

  1. Wow! I've been there 10 years ago! I guess it's about time to go back! Thanks for a great post!

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    1. My parents had been there 10 years ago as well and they were really happy to go back, so yeah, pack your bags! :)

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  2. Bilbao!!
    Fiz Erasmus aí, durante 6 meses, em 2003! Já não vou lá desde essa altura, mas a cidade deve continuar fantástica! Tambem nao tinha boas recomendaçoes quando fui, mas fiquei surpreendida e adorei esse tempo que lá passei. Sobretudo quando começa a Primavera e o Verão, as praias à volta da cidade (a de Sopelana, sobretudo) e tudo e tudo
    Faz boa viagem : )

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    1. Olá!!! Eu gostei muito da energia da cidade e fui só de passagem, mas é daqueles sítios que queres e sabes que vais voltar. Entretanto vou registar essa praia na minha bucket list ;)

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  3. Adoro Bilbao, este post fez me vontade de la voltar ;)

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