Check out the enormous contemporary art pieces outside of the Guggenheim
Before you even set foot in the Guggenheim, you’ll be met with large installations right outside of the building. Frank Gehry’s design of the museum is an absolute stand out and can be spotted a mile away with it’s curvy titanium mold gleaming and reflecting off the water surrounding it. Some of the most well known contemporary artist, such as Jeff Koons, were selected as part of the revitalization movement for bringing art to Bilbao. He designed the famous Puppy made out of 20,000 different plants and the colorful tulips which are part of his Celebration collection.
Roam around the Guggenheim Museum
For a museum that is only a little over 20 years old, it’s quite impressive. To me the exterior is a lot more exciting than the interior but nonetheless the exhibits, activities, and restaurant, are worth the 16 euro entrance for adults or 9 euro entrance for students (thankfully this is what I paid). If it happens to be raining in the city, which for me it did for a bit, this is the perfect place to roam in.
Eat your heart out at Mercado De La Riberia
Explore Casco Viejo
Across the street from the market is the city’s old town. Made up of beautiful colored buildings and narrow streets this quarter brings you back in time. The city’s red, white, and green flag is happily hung everywhere and adds a bit of character while strolling past the unique shops and bars. While roaming this quarter you are bound to run into the beautiful Cathedral of Santiago and even the other churches in the area.
Walk on the Zubizuri, Salve, and Vizcaya Bridges