Come with me, won’t you, to peruse the highlights of our four days in Bilbao, the final stop on our dream vacation. Read previous posts about our adventures in Barcelona and San Sebastián by clicking on the names.
During the planning phase of this trip we were frequently asked, “Why Bilbao?” The short answer is: to visit the Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim Museum by – it truly is spectacular. More on that shortly.
Another city made for walking, we explored the charming twisty-turny walkways of the Old Quarter; strolled the expansive Doña Casilda Iturrizar Park near the Fine Arts Museum; and meandered along the Nervión River. Click on the photos to enlarge them and read the captions.
Although the Guggenheim receives top billing, Bilbao’s Fine Arts Museum – home to an important gathering of works by Basque artists and sculptors and a rotating schedule of visiting exhibitions – is quite impressive and worth a visit.
We saw a Renoir exhibit on the theme of ‘Intimacy’ in addition to the museum’s permanent collection.
After snapping this quick shot we learned that photos are prohibited, but I think you’ll agree that this one is worth it.
Abstract Expressionism was on display during our visit, a movement about which I thought I knew a few things. May I just say, WOW, mind blown (in the best possible way), this was an amazing museum experience, engaging and informative on every level.
TRAVEL TIP: Fortify yourself with a lunch break in between exploring the special exhibit and permanent collections. With three onsite restaurants - a one-Michelin star fine dining restaurant (Nerua); the elegant yet approachable Bistró; and a casual snack bar – there’s something for everyone. Highly recommend the Bistró for a gourmet meal that is delicious and not too fancy.
Photos of the artworks are not permitted, but the museum’s atrium, exterior, and outdoor sculptures/ installations are fair game. Please click on the photos to enlarge them and read the captions.
I didn’t know much about Spanish wines before the trip and I still have a lot to learn. Luckily I’m a motivated student, and we brought home some fascinating study material. As in – sound of cork popping, luscious Rioja wine pouring into a glass … wait, what was I saying? I got distracted by my studies.
Click on the photos to enlarge them and read the captions.