Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
the Guggenheim Museum in BilbaoThe drive along the Northern coast from San Sebastian to Bilbao was amazing, filled with windy roads through the mountainous passes overlooking the gorgeous cliffs leading to the ocean.
The main reason for going to Bilbao was to see the Guggenheim Museum and of course, the awe-inspiring buildings designed by Frank O. Gehry. It has become a personal pilgrimage of mine to visit all the Guggenheim Museums around the world – so far 4 out of 5 with the only exception being the one in Dubai – and situated along the Nervión River in the old industrial heart of the city, the museum with its distinctive titanium curves and soaring glass atrium was absolutely impressive.
I was also pleasantly surprised by Bilbao, which proved to be a delightfully cosmopolitan city, and on the contrary to the stereotype of being an sterile industrial hub, the old town was absolutely beautiful. Also, being the cultural center of Spain, the city seem to attract an interesting and diverse group of people from all over the world, and it had a unique vibe and culturally diverse atmosphere which was rarity in Europe. It was one of the most lively towns we've been to in Europe.