The estuary of Bilbao as a witness to your experience
With a privileged location between the Palacio Euskalduna and the Guggenheim Museum, the Meliá Bilbao will delight you with its stunning architecture and Basque cuisine with cutting-edge touches.
With a significantly industrial past, the city of Bilbao has experienced a major urban transformation that has turned it into the most attractive cultural and culinary destination. Discover everything this avant-garde destination in northern Spain has to offer.
ART AND ARCHITECTURE AT MELIÁ BILBAO
The hotel is an example of magnificent international architecture, the result of a combination of the creativity of the Mexican architects Ricardo and Víctor Legorreta with their Basque origins. Exuberant spaces, superior quality materials, powerful colours and harmonious lighting are the hallmarks of an unmistakable design. Honest and elegant architecture which manages to be both imposing and welcoming at the same time.
Touring the different spaces of the hotel, you will also find a permanent collection of works by eminent artists and temporary exhibitions of paintings and sculptures. Staying at Meliá Bilbao will provide a great excuse for enjoy culture big-time.
A LANDMARK DESTINATION FOR ART
Bilbao is one of the main European landmarks for architecture and contemporary art. If you visit Bilbao, you must not miss a visit to the Guggenheim Museum, a masterpiece of 20th century architecture and international attraction, or the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum with the second best collection of classical art after El Prado and more than 6,000 works dating back from the 12th century to the modern day.
The Basque Museum, Bullfighting Museum and Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art are also famous attractions, while the Sala Rekalde is home to first-class exhibitions of contemporary art.
The Ría de Bilbao Maritime Museum supports the conservation of the cultural and historical role that the activity on the Ría de Bilbao river played in the development of the city.
If you visit Bilbao, you can admire many beautiful locations. Here we highlight some of the main attractions, although a simple stroll through the old town is also a great option:
- Santiago Cathedral
- Plaza Nueva
- Arriaga Theatre
- Palace of the Diputación de Señorío de Vizcaya
- Basilica of Begoña
CUISINE FAMOUS WORLDWIDE
The Basque Country region, home to the city of Bilbao, boasts the highest number of Michelin stars and is home to many prestigious culinary schools.
The local people join friends in the evening for a pintxos and wine tour, making the evening dining experience a very social occasion. Pintxos are miniature dishes made with the finest ingredients from both the sea and the Basque land. Take the opportunity to try the Chacolí, the most typical white wine produced in the region.
A few kilometres from Bilbao you can find beautiful coastline and beaches such as Aixerrota, Gorliz, Azkorri, Sopelana, Barrika and Plentzia. The city also has a Suspension Bridge, a spectacular viewpoint with fabulous views of the Ría de Bilbao and Abra Bay.
The island of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is also a highlight thanks to its natural beauty and its unique hermitage.
If you like to enjoy your wine, the areas around Ledesma, Casco Viejo or Ensanche are home to many venues with a typical Basque atmosphere. If you prefer to have a drink while listening to the latest music, the city offers a choice of discos open until the early hours. The evening is also great for admiring the splendid cityscape under a different light.
A CITY OF FASHION
If you would like to buy clothes or accessories during your trip, the shops in the Ensanche and Casco Viejo offer the best Spanish and international brands. Bilbao also has a thriving industry of local Basque designers who exhibit their creations in some of the top window displays in the city.
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