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Located in the north of Spain, Bilbao is a vibrant city that beautifully blends the old and the new. Apart from its stylish architecture, the city boasts a thriving dining scene and numerous cultural attractions. Central to Bilbao's modern urban regeneration is the Guggenheim Museum, a marvel of contemporary architecture that saw the city transition into a global arts center. This gleaming structure, home to a regularly changing collection of contemporary artwork, is a must-visit.
One of the best ways to explore Bilbao and its surroundings is by car. Just a short drive away, the old town or 'Casco Viejo' is definitely a place to visit for a true sense of the city's history. Still standing are the original Seven Streets which date back to the 1400s and provide a stark contrast to the modernist structures that have since popped up. Travel a little further, around an hour´s drive from the city, you'll discover San Sebastian, another Basque seaside city known for its prestigious dining scene and stunning beaches.
Further afield, the city serves as an excellent base to explore the wider Basque region and even further towards northern Spain. Zarautz beach, one of the longest in the Basque Country and a surfer's paradise is just under an hour's drive. Also not to be missed is the Gaztelugatxe, an islet on the coast of Biscay connected to the mainland by a man-made bridge. Made famous in the TV series 'Game of Thrones', this spot offers impressive views and is just a 40-minute drive from Bilbao.