Architecture Tour in Bilbao

Bilbao old town
One of the best parts of Bilbao might be that the city—and especially the outskirts—are largely untouched by tourists. It's one of those places where you'll rarely hear English, or even Spanish, spoken—the natives speak Basque! And one of the most rewarding ways to experience this city is by exploring its renowned architecture. 

You'll start at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which hardly needs an introduction. It's a marvel of contemporary architecture with its constantly changing reflections and fleeting colors. Enjoy visiting Frank O. Gehry's masterpiece and the permanent and temporary exhibitions of world-class contemporary art.

Afterward, wander through the city's famed Abandoibarra district. Once an old industrial area and docklands, this area is Bilbao's new Art District, with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao as its brilliant flagship. The extremely successful transformation of the city is internationally known as the "Bilbao Effect."

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