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Avenida Abandoibarra, 2 48009 Bilbao - 94 435 90 00 - Metro stop: Moyua
Described as the best building of the second half of the twentieth century, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has completely transformed Bilbao, putting the city on the world map and changing its image. Opened in 1997, it was designed by American architect Frank Gehry, who, after visiting the city, was very clear about its location. "That's the place", he exclaimed after observing a view of Bilbao from Mount Artxanda. That place was the site of the former Compañía de Maderas timber company, on the left bank of the river. As the architect himself explained, the design is based "on the port that it was and the city it is", symbolizing a ship anchored on the banks of the Nervión. The titanium cladding means that you see, at any time of day, the colours that the light projects onto it.
94 480 10 12 - Metro stop: Areeta / Portugalete
The Bizkaia Bridge was inaugurated on 28 July 1893, becoming the first transporter bridge in the world built of metal.The design was the work of Alberto Palacio y Elissague, also known for his part in the construction of the Crystal Palace in the Retiro Park in Madrid.
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2006, the Bizkaia Bridge is a structure made up of four iron towers 61 metres high, linked by a cross beam 160 feet in length, located 45 metres above the sea. The transport of vehicles and passengers is carried out by a hanging carriage or gondola, which is suspended from a 36 wheel trolley that is 25 metres long and travels along the rails of the horizontal section.
The beaches closest to Bilbao and its urban area are very popular with local residents and holidaymakers alike in the summer season. Las Arenas, Ereaga, Arrigunaga and Gorrondatze-Aizkorri (Getxo), Barinatxe-La Salvaje and Arrietara-Atxabiribil (Sopela), and Plentzia and Gorliz beaches, along with the one at La Arena (Muskiz) offer first-rate amenities, including lifeguards and security services, along with showers, toilets, loudspeaker systems, etc.
They are easily reached by public transport, thanks to the nearby Metro Bilbao underground stations, in Getxo, Sopelana and Plentzia.
PUERTO VIEJO - GETXO
The setting of the picturesque Puerto Viejo, the Old Port of Algorta, a beautiful small maritime enclave in the municipality of Getxo, located barely half an hour from Bilbao by metro, is truly unforgettable. It will steal your heart with its small white cottages clustered together in steep streets where bars "of a bygone age" still exist. A very popular and lively place, where great cuisine, with fish and shellfish as star items on the menu, provides one of its highlights. Groups of friends gather outdoors to enjoy a drink and taste exquisite "pintxos" (bar snacks) while surveying magnificent views over El Abra Bay.
SAN JUAN DE GAZTELUGATXE
On the headland of a small rocky peninsula that juts out into the sea, between Bakio and Bermeo, rises the magical and legendary chapel of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Its origins are shrouded in mystery, enhanced by its condition as a former convent of the Knights Templar or the story that tells how the famous privateer Drake, later Sir Francis, when passing along the coast of Biscay, conquered the promontory and threw the hermit who lived there over the cliff.
It is connected to the coast by a stone bridge and a walk of 231 stone steps, and reaching the summit of this majestic natural vantage point is rewarded by the wonderful views that can be seen from the top. Another legend recounts that if you ring the chapel bell three times you will attract good luck and ward off evil spirits.
On the Basque coast, the powerful Bay of Biscay merges spectacularly with the mountains.
You will find very picturesque towns, ports with a great fishing tradition, a legendary wave in the surfing world, beaches of fine sand, estuaries, dunes, islets...
In addition, along the way, you will not lack opportunities to savour fine fresh fish, washed down with the best txakoli, the famous local white wine.
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