A relatively new city in terms of its touristic charm, compare holidays to Bilbao and view for yourself the transformation of this once industrial city. Bursting at the seams with incredible contemporary art, holidays to Bilbao from Stansted are exciting, vibrant and certainly memorable.
Located near the north coast of Spain in the Biscay region, Bilbao is a city defined by its hardworking industrial roots. A commercial hub since medieval times, the city has undergone a dramatic transformation and is now on the map as a must-visit place for fans of modern art.
The primary gallery to visit has to be the titanium clad Museo Guggenheim that is often described as one of the greatest contemporary architectural creations. Once you get past the shimmering exteriors, head indoors and marvel at the equally as impressive collection of both permanent and guests modern art exhibits. Other galleries worth wandering in to include the eclectic collections of the Museo de Bellas Artes and the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art which houses over 2000 historic artefacts.
Despite Bilbao’s iconic modern buildings, it also has a rich history dating back 700 years. This can be explored at the historic heritage centre that lies in the old town, or Casco Viejo, on the right bank of the river. Alternatively, travel out of town to one of the many surrounding medieval villages that will give you a taste of life in simpler times.
Bilbao is in Basque County meaning it is blessed with the sensational cuisine of the region. Sample the seasonal dishes such as traditional winter stews and plenty of fresh fish at one of the many restaurants that vary in price and cuisine. You can also nibble on pintxo, the regions version of tapas, in one of the many cafes and bars.
Holidays to Bilbao from Stansted are perfect for art lovers and those who enjoy sampling tasty seasonal Spanish cuisine. A city that mixes old and new with great precision, there is plenty for all the family to enjoy in the Spanish city of Bilbao.