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The urban transformation of Bilbao since the arrival of the Guggenheim Museum in 1997 has been quite exemplary. You can still see remnants of the industrial city as it was, like the famous Carola crane, but Bilbao is now a modern and cosmopolitan city that is deserving of a meticulous visit. Barceló Hotels & Resorts in Bilbao offer a unique view of a city transformed.

A tour of its urban evolution

The Guggenheim museum, designed by Frank O. Gehry, is responsible for Bilbao’s change in appearance, so staying close to this iconic building is a safe bet: Barceló Hotels & Resorts in Bilbao will act as the centre of operations in order for you to experience the city as a Bilbao native.

A worthwhile trip to see the new Bilbao can be started by walking across the Zubizuri, a bridge on the river designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, up to the outskirts of the Guggenheim museum, passing by the Isosaki towers. If you would like to get to know Puppy, it’s advisable to skirt the building up to the main door. On the other side and continuing along the river you will find the City Hall, and the Arriaga theatre, the entrance gate to the Siete Calles, traditionally known as historic quarter of the city.

The most traditional: pintxos (tapas) and San Mamés

Exploring Bilbao from the Barceló Hotels & Resorts in Bilbao is a good way to see its main traditions. As far as gastronomy goes, it is popular to do what’s known as a pintxopote, which consists of a tour through different bars where you will enjoy apintxo (tapas) and a pote (a small drink, usually beer or wine). One of the best places to do it is in the historic quarter and, on matchdays, the surrounding area of Calle Licenciado Pozas, which is very close to the San Mamés stadium, and was recently renovated and awarded the World Architecture Festival.

You won’t want to miss this breathtaking experience with the most authentic modernity: book now at the hotels in Bilbao of the Barceló Hotel Group to live it from within.