A city full of contrasts that will not leave you feeling indifferent

If you haven’t visited Bilbao for a long time, you will be in for a big surprise. The city has left its industrial past behind to become one of the most cosmopolitan places in Europe. Where you used to be able to see shipyards, there are now parks and where there were ships transporting steel, there are now designer bridges and tourists taking photos.

This change undoubtedly came about as a result of the emergence of the Guggenheim Museum, which opened in 1997 and became a symbol of the city. However, if we are to be sincere… Although it is true that Frank Gehry’s Museum put the city on the map, it is also true that Bilbao is much more than a museum. The River, the Alhóndiga or the Euskalduna are also symbols of a city that has known how to reinvent itself like none other.


The Old Quarter, where tradition and modernity go hand in hand

Our apartment is located in the heart of the Old Quarter, which is known as the Seven Streets. Alongside Santiago Cathedral, built on a former chapel devoted to the Apostle, the Seven Streets form the city’s oldest part. In fact, according to historians, it is here where the Chartered Town of Bilbao was born in the 15th century.

Nowadays, the Old Quarter is a pedestrian area with a lot of life, where traditional bars and shops can be found alongside some of the city’s most innovative restaurants. There is Mina (with a Michelin star), Perro Chico or La Ribera, located inside the Ribera Market, the largest covered marketplace in Europe.


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