The Estuary of Bilbao
Bilbao Tursimo. Palacio EuskaldunaAt the end of the 1990s, the city of Bilbao, on the Basque Cantabrian coast, underwent a drastic urban renovation. The then-obsolete spaces around the estuary that had been the reason for the city’s existence and its glorious industrial past had become desolate spaces that did not allow the city to move towards its future as a modern services metropolis.
Many ambitious projects took place. Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum was obviously the star, but important works by world-renowned architects like Isozaki, Moneo, Siza, Calatrava and Foster, as well as numerous projects by the youngest and most brilliant Spanish architects, were also included.
As a result, there are few other places in old Europe where it is possible to enjoy a concentration of such magnificent architecture. Add to this the that the fact that the beautiful city of San Sebastian is a mere hundred kilometers away by car, a city framed by a gorgeous bay, the plaza with Eduardo Chillida’s El Peine del Viento (The Wind Comb) and Rafael Moneo’s magnificent Kursaal Congress Center and Auditorium, and we find ourselves in an unforgettable petit tour, capable of satiating even the most sophisticated architectural appetite.