After four days in Lisbon/Sintra and a quick run-in with some famous buddies (see in pictures below), we arrived in Bilbao, Spain. The airport was empty and beautifully kept; it may have been because of the time we landed, but the calmness of arriving was appreciated. The city was once an industrial port city and is the capital city of Basque Country. You may have heard of Bilbao because of the Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim Museum, which sparked revitalization of the city when it opened in 1997.
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There’s no better way to spend a night in Bilbao than to spend it at the Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao. It’s located right outside the Guggenheim, with views of the museum and nearby art installations. Thanks to the lovely staff we had when we were checking in, we received an upgraded room with a view of the musem! If you plan on staying elsewhere, you can still enjoy views of the Guggenheim from the restaurant situated on their patio overlooking the museum.
Half market and half food hall, Mercado de La Ribera is a great place to try a range of tapas/pintxos in a hall setting with communal tables. It was here that we got our first taste of pintxos! Our favorite was the jamon, brie and foie gras covered in berry jam on a slice of bread!
From the market we strolled on towards Casco Viejo or “Old Town”. Talk a walk around the neighborhood and enjoying viewing the architecture and shopping. I think I spent most of the time looking up at the buildings! This is a great neighborhood to “get lost” and wander the streets.
The Guggenheim is a museum for modern and contemporary art. Though a lot of the well known installations can be seen from outside, we needed to take a break from the heat and took to wandering inside. Here we saw the Jeff Koons Puppy and the Jeff Koons Tulips.
Hi! I'm Mariel, a thirty-something working & living in Manhattan. I write about my lifestyle in the city, beauty, and wellness! - xo, MM