A few days in Bilbao
Tucked in the norther part of Spain along the coast with beautiful landscapes is the Basque Country – the unique region with its own language and culinary style. Bilbao is the biggest city of the region and a nice base to explore the area.
Bilbao is the biggest city in the basque country. The old industrial revolution town has regained its charm as the tourism is booming after the famous Guggenheim museum opened. The day I reached Bilbao, there was a match of La Liga between home team Athletic Club Bilbao vs my favourite Barcelona. It is difficult to get match tickets particularly when Barca is playing. Luckily got a ticket later in the evening, albeit at a higher price. But this was my first experience of football at a stadium in Europe. The newly built San Mames stadium is beautiful. Undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Bilbao is watch a match here.
After the experience, I will only say one thing – go watch a match once on the stadium.
The city is quite small one when compared to the other major cities i have seen. However walking around the town can be easily done one foot over a few days and explored at ease. Make sure you step into the Guggenheim museum which is the reason of rebirth of the city. Also worth visiting is the museum of bellas arts in the town next to the Guggenheim. At the end of the visit the Casco Viejo – old town and walk around the streets and enjoy beer and pinxtos. At the heart of Casco are the Bilbao’s original seven streets, Las Siete Calles dating back to 1400s.
We did head out of the town in weekends and explored the beautiful Basque country. The drives, coastline and the national parks are amazing. Explore more of the region here.