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Essential experiences in Bilbao | What places to visit?

Bilbao has managed to transform and adapt like few other cities in a very short time. This northern Spanish city has undergone a major face-lift, going from being a typical industrial city, based mainly on the iron and steel industry, to being a highly appealing and fascinating tourist destination. This charming and beautiful Basque town is now among the most popular in northern Spain for enjoying a short break at one of its highly recommended hotels.

One of the first places that will probably spring to mind when it comes to planning a trip to Bilbao is its Guggenheim Museum. This impressive building, designed by Frank Gehry and located along the Bilbao Estuary, has transformed the city's appearance forever. Located on the riverbank, this must-see museum is the perfect place from which anyone visiting the city can find their bearings and plan any of the interesting routes Bilbao has to offer. Plaza Vieja and its surrounding streets are highly recommended for tourists wanting to taste the local tapas known as pintxos and the refreshing local white wine called txakolí. The Old Town and such singular buildings as the Arriaga Theatre or the Cathedral, the Church of San Antón or the Bidebarrieta municipal library are other recommended places of interest for tourists visiting this beautiful northern Spanish city.