Destination of the month: Bilbao
NEWSLETTER – AUGUST 2016
Bilbao, its tourist amenities and urban transformation have aroused a wide media interest: as a result of industrial restructuring Bilbao has to make a radical change to its economy and the city recovers its dynamic nature and becomes a service city totally commited to environmental and urban regeneration.
Industrial land becomes the space for internationally awarded spatial transformation that has positioned Bilbao as a powerful MICE destination. The great emblem of this “New Bilbao” is the Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry, although many other factors have contributed to this regeneration and profound change; the recovery of the historic town centre after the brutal floods of 1983 is one of the great achievements made; today the Old Quarter (Casco Viejo) is a first class tourist area that preserves the traditions and identity of the city and it´s essential to stroll, mingle and enjoy local tapas (pintxos) washed down with good wine in this area.
The clean-up of the estuary water has enabled Bilbao and its residents to live looking towards this waterway and for the most important urban projects to be built on banks that have become some of the most sophisticated spaces in Europe, where buildings and works by the best architects and artists in the world are found, magnificent riverside walks where you can also enjoy a host of leisure, sporting and cultural activities.
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