Insight Guides: Pocket Spain by Insight Guides

Insight Guides: Pocket Spain by Insight Guides

Author:Insight Guides
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Travel, Spain
Publisher: APA
Published: 2016-02-03T05:00:00+00:00


Bilbao

Bilbao ™ [map] is the capital of Vizcaya province and was once the industrial heartland of the Basque Country. It has reinvented itself and has a thriving central district with broad boulevards and leafy parks, a metro system designed by Norman Foster, and the historic Casco Viejo (Old Quarter).

Pintxos are the Basque version of tapas

Corrie Wingate/Apa Publications

Until the 1990s the city had no real attractions to offer, but things changed in 1997 when the Museo Guggenheim (Tue–Sun 10am–8pm; www.guggenheim-bilbao.es), designed by California-based architect Frank Gehry, was inaugurated. This massive, futuristic structure, funded primarily by the Basque government, has become the symbol of Bilbao, its shimmering titanium roof rising dramatically beside the banks of the Nervión. Inside, 19 spacious galleries on three floors accommodate works predominantly from 1960 to the present day, including works from the Guggenheim collections of New York and Venice.



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