Cosmopolitan, open, welcoming, vital, elegant and modern; Bilbao combines traits of a unique and characteristic cultural heritage, with a new aesthetic in which the avant -gardeand the art coexist in its streets creating a new balanced and surprising urban landscape.

Modernity and a contrast of 716 years of history are fused in this city where the best architects of the world work. The Guggenheim Museum, designed by the prestigious architect Frank Gerhy, César Pelli’s Iberdrola Tower, Philippe Starck’s Azkuna Zentroa-Alhóndiga Bilbao and the Isozaki Towers are an example of this.

Approaching the historic centre of the city, is to venture into the famous Seven Streets, which is how the old quarter of Bilbao is known. The Arriaga Theater, the Mercado de la Ribera, the Town Hall or the Palacio de la Diputación contribute to offer an elegant and modern city. A must-stop is also the Bizkaia Bridge, better known as the Hanging Bridge, which is a World Heritage Site.

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The cities of Bilbao, San Sebastián, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Zarautz, Hondarribia and Irun will show their full potential to the Valencian public during the next three days in the heart of the capital of the Turia. The presentation of the Euskadi destinations in Valencia was attended by Joan Cambrils, deputy director of the Fundación Turismo València; Ixidor Larrañaga, Councillor for Tourism of the city of Zarautz; Esther Virto, director of information offices of Bilbao Turismo; Isabel Aguirrezabala, deputy director of San Sebastián Turismo & Convention Bureau; Clara Navas, head of the tourism office of Vitoria-Gasteiz and Cristina Gutiérrez, head of tourism of Bidasoa Activa. In the space will be able to participate in the commented tastings of pairing of the wines of Euskadi with denomination of origin: Rioja Alavesa and the three Txakolis(of Álava, Bizkaia and Getaria) with cheese D.O. Idiazabal and to be astonished with the exhibitions of Basque rural sport during today, tomorrow and Sunday, 23, 24 and 25November.

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