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The urban transformation of Bilbao since the arrival of the Guggenheim Museum in 1997 has been practically exemplary. It still appreciates some traces of the industrial city that was, such as the profile of the emblematic grúa Carola, but Bilbao is now cosmopolitan and modern metropolis well worth a visit. Barceló Hotels & Resorts in Bilbao offer a unique view of a city transformed.

A journey through its urban change

The Guggenheim Museumdesigned by Frank O. Gehry, is responsible for Bilbao’s change in appearance, so staying close to this emblematic building is a safe bet: Barceló Hotels & Resorts in Bilbao will act as a center of operations to cover the city as a Bilbao.

A trip to see the new Bilbao can be started across the Zubizuri, a bridge over the river of the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, up to the close to the Guggenheim museum, passing through the Isosaki towers. If you want to meet Puppy, it's advisable to skirt the building up to the main door. Continuing along the river you will reach City Hall, on the other side, and Arriaga Theatreand entrance gate to the seven streets, traditionally known as the historic quarter of the city.

The most traditional: pintxos and San Mamés

Discover Bilbao from Barceló Hotels & Resorts in Bilbao is a good way to participate in its main traditions. As far as gastronomy is, it is popular what is known as Pintxopote, which consists of route through different bars where you take a Pintxos (one tapa) and one Pote (a small drink, usually beer or wine). One of the best places to do it is the historic quarter and, on the days of match, the surrounding area of Calle Licenciado Pozas, very close to the San Mamés stadium, which was recently renovated and awarded the World Architecture Festival.

You can’t miss out on this unmissable event with the most authentic modernity: book at hotels in Bilbao of the Barceló Hotel Group to live it from inside.