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Bilbao, affectionately known as El Botxo, the hole, is the capital of the province of Biscay in the Basque Country. More than a million people live in this thriving city and there is a real cosmopolitan feel intermingled with the typically Spanish relaxed approach to life. There is one of the largest shopping areas in Europe to be enjoyed, a fantastic selection of restaurants with some gastronomic delights and wonderful evening entertainment ranging from theatres and concert halls to nightclubs and live music, not forgetting the regular opera season by ABAO (Bilboa Association of Opera Lovers) and of course the annual Semana Grande, the main festival that lasts for over a week and includes bullfighting and fireworks. Plus, don't miss out on Bilbao's cultural heritage, where the old historical attractions blending perfectly with the modern - visit the Cathedral, Guggenheim Musuem and Plaza Nueva.
Guggenheim MuseumFrank Gehry's architectural masterpiece is undoubtedly one of the iconic landmarks of Bilbao and is home to hundreds of exhibitions, each dedicated to modern and contemporary art, including Louise Bourgeois' iconic spider sculpture.
Euskalduna PalaceThe city's unique concert hall, designed by Federico Soriano and Dolores Palacios, was built on the site of the former Euskalduna shipyards and functions as a fantastic auditorium and theatre, with a capacity of over 2,000.
Flower PuppyStanding at over 12m tall, this eye-catching sculpture was created by American artist Jeff Koons, and is covered entirely with living flowers which are set into a mesh-covered sod. The puppy currently 'guards' the entrance to the Guggenheim.
Vizcaya BridgeCommonly called the 'hanging bridge', Vizcaya is the oldest hanging transporter bridge in the world and has been in operation since the 19th century. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the bridge runs every 8 minutes, 24-hours a day, all year round.
Santiago CathedralBilbao's catheral is the oldest building in the city, built in 1379, and was consecrated in honour of Saint James the Great. Made up of Renaissance and Gothic styles, it features ogive vaulted ceilings and inside, the Cristo del Buen Amor sculpture.
Fine Arts MuseumJourney through this museum's vast collection of astounding artwork, dating back from the 12th century up to the present day. Split into old, contemporary and Basque art, there's over 6,000 paintings, sculptures and engravings to marvel at.