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Abandoibarra Etorb., 2, 48009 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
Walking thru the corridors of huge iron sheets the urge to go on and never to stop overtakes you... The narrowness, the loneliness and the dimness combine to create this soothing sense of continuity and endlessness... Just walk and walk and...
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Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
The 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...
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Ametzola, 48012 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
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Abandoibarra Etorb., 2, 48009 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
From the cave paintings at Altamira to the Guggenheim in Bilbao, the entire history of Western art is represented along the Camino del Norte. The colorful and realistic portrayals of animal figures in the caves of Altamira are world famous, though...
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Abandoibarra Etorb., 2, 48009 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
Modern, mind bending, and mentally interactive, the Guggenheim Museum is one of the must-do experiences of Spain. You could easily spend an hour getting lost in the beauty of the facade, with the monstrous tarantula, the skyscraper of a flowered...
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Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
Take a self-guided walking tour through the architectural styles of the Old Town, from the blue-and-white Baroque mansion, Mazarredo House (Heros Kalea, 18), to the Bank of Bilbao (Plazuela San Nicolás, 4) to admire the Beaux-Arts arched, square...
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Museo Plaza, 2, 48009 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
Feed the ducks and stroll in the shade of centenary tree species in this English-style garden in Bilbao’s main public park. On a column in the middle of the pond, a bronze bust of the park’s donor and namesake, Doña Casilda, presides. In the...
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Plaza de Santiago, 1, 48005 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
Take in the curious mixture of architectural styles at Bilbao’s oldest church—a Gothic cloister, Renaissance portico and neo-Gothic facade and spire. Although it has long been a stop along the northern route of the Camino de Santiago, this temple...
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Pío Baroja Plaza, 1, 48001 Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain
Hop on a boat tour down the Nervión estuary to get a new perspective on the city’s most iconic edifices. Spot large-scale art installations at the Guggenheim and look out for other ultramodern structures around town, like the Euskalduna Palace...
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Quintana Kalea, 6, 48007 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
Starting at the Paseo del Arenal in the Old Quarter, stroll riverside towards City Hall, people-watching along the way. Check out the exterior of the late-19th-century Baroque building before heading inside to find the Arab Hall, decorated to...
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Ramón de la Sota Kaia, 1, 48011 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
Learn about Bilbao’s shipbuilding industry and seafaring heritage at the Ria de Bilbao Maritime Museum, located under Euskalduna Bridge. Once you're done, head outside to explore the Pump House, where the machinery for filling and draining the...
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Calle Alameda Mazarredo, 17, 48001 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
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Let the experts guide you on a prix-fixe culinary tour of Spain at this excellent restaurant. Select its tried-and-true traditional menu, or its daring tasting menu which features dishes like lacquered bacon with liquid pumpkin and crunchy beets....
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Santa Maria Kalea, 8, 48005 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
Traditional pintxos get an international spin in this cozy Old Town bar. Choose from artfully presented small bites like apple crisps with duck in peanut sauce, cheese and zucchini cannelloni and mint vegetable tempura. Just keep track of how many...
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San Roke Bekoa Bidea, 89, 48015 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
Get your fill of home-style Basque eats with a view from this hilltop restaurant and meat-lover’s paradise. Cook your own T-bone steak on a tabletop charcoal grill or feast on local sausages. Fish, vegetables and hearty stews along with Spanish...
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Erribera Kalea, s/n, 48005 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
In this eclectic 1929 Art Deco building flanking the city's river, browse the wares at stands packed with fish, seasonal fruits, dried mushrooms, vegetables packed in olive oil and artisanal cheese and charcuterie. This huge covered food market is...
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Villarías Kalea, 8, 48001 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
Peruse a carefully curated inventory of fashion, furniture and accessories from noted international designers. Try on Rosa Maria jewelry by Lebanese designer Rosy Abourous or shoes from the Lithuanian line, Cherevichkiotvichki. Vintage furniture...
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Calle Conde de Miranda, 1, 28005 Madrid, Spain
If you're in Madrid and in the mood for tapas, you might not know exactly where to go or what to taste. The Mercado San Miguel (metro Sol) takes away all that decision-making by providing you with a taste experience all under one roof. The old,...
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Abtal Al Tahrir, Sheyakhah Oula, Qism Aswan, Aswan Governorate, Egypt
I was fortunate enough to stay at the Old Cataract Hotel by the River Nile a wonderful experience in itself. But the stay would not have been complete without a very restful trip in one of these lovely old wooden sailing craft. Just the sounds of...