If you have a long weekend and you want to combine Spanish town, sea and village (well almost) Bilbao could be your Bocadillo. Culture in the city (Museo de Bellas Artes and other smaller museums), an atmospheric old town, beaches (Sopelana to name one of a number) and history (Guernica) can all be combined thanks to an excellent and cheap transport system. Oh yes, and the Guggenheim! Few places we've visited have such contrasts.
The Guggenheim is such a contrast in an otherwise old and somewhat industrial Bilbao. Ultra modern and unmistakable building - both inside and out, it should not be missed. After your visit, wander down from the Guggenheim to the 'old town' for great old buildings that house terrific traditional tapas bars and cafes where you can sit and watch the world go by whilst dipping your churros into some thick hot chocolate!
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