Bilbao has undergone an urbanistic revolution over the last few decades that has proven to be very successful. One does not have to go back further than the 1980's to find Bilbao as a run-down, industrial city with high unemployment percentages, massive pollution and extended poverty.
But in the 1980's Bilbao's townhall decided to take some bold desicions. They succeeded in reversing the situation through far-sighted urban planning and made a strategic change of the city. This made possible for Bilbao to have a major facelift. The most important lever has been the construction of modern architecture, urban planning and cultural innovation. Today, Bilbao is both greener, richer and more attractive than ever before.
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Arrival to Bilbao. Accommodation at an excellent design hotel 4*, beautifully located with views of the Nervion River and overlooking the Guggenheim Museum. Then time for strolling on your own. In the evening dinner at an excellent restaurant with local gastronomy
The construction of the Guggenheim Museum played a central role in the city's change. The museum was built in 1997 by the American architect Frank Gehry, and is one of the most spectacular buildings built in the late 20th century in Europe.
The museum is visited together with a certified guide who knows the museum like no other. After the Guggenheim tapas lunch in Bilbao's tapas district.
In the evening, a gastronomic experience at one of Bilbao's best restaurants. Dinner is taken at an altitude of 40 meters overlooking the whole of Bilbao.
This exciting day combines a winery visit in the Rioja Wine Region with the beautiful city of San Sebastián. San Sebastián is just an hour's drive from Bilbao. The city has a beautiful sandy beach next to the Atlantic Ocean, and San Sebastián is one of the Spanish cities with the most gourmet restaurants.
After San Sebastián, you will visit the Rioja Wine Region - one of the very best in Spain. This historical wine region has more than 80.000 hectares planted with vines.
Choose between visiting the top producer Benjamin Romeo or the historic winery Marqués de Riscal, with a new hotel designed by the architect behind the Guggenheim Museum, Frank Gehry.
Time to relax in Bilbao before departure. We can offer you a bike tour through the historic part of Bilbao or an optional exursion to the north coast.