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Bilbao is the largest city of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country and the capital of the province of Biscay in Spain.

From the 16th century the port of Bilbao became increasingly important for international trade with Northern Europe. The transformation from an industrial city in an attractive and modern metropolis began with the arrival of the Guggenheim Museum. This innovation has ensured that in recent years a large number of new hotels in the city opened their doors and Bilbao is increasingly profiling itself as a city destination.

The Guggenheim Museum is one of the most important museums of modern art. The building itself is already a museum piece because of its modern and daring architecture. You enter the building in the atrium, the heart of the museum and one of the most remarkable areas of the building. It has a sort of metal finish flower shaped skylight that lets in light to illuminate the space. From the atrium, visitors have access to a terrace by a domed canopy supported by a single pillar. The exhibition spaces are organized into three floors around the central atrium. They are connected with a system of the hanging trails and glass lifts. The works exhibited range from modern art to works by renowned artists such as Picasso and Salvador Dali.

The Santiago Cathedral has its origins somewhere around 1300 and is a mix of Gothic architecture with influences of Gothic Revival. The cathedral is on the way of the pilgrim routes from France to Santiago de Compostela where the tomb of the Apostle James is located. Over the years different walls of the cathedral are plastered with texts and figures made by pilgrims.

The Mercado de la Liberation is the largest covered market in Spain. The building was designed in 1929 by architect Pedro Izpizua. The building has many decorative elements. It is an ideal place to buy fresh products; especially the excellent fish is very popular.

At a distance of a 20 minutes drive there are several beaches. The Playa de Azkorri in Bilbao is one of the most popular with good facilities and is ideal for water sports. Playa de la Arena Muzkiz is more of a family beach.


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