Today We bring you to … Bilbao
Bilbao is situated in the north-central part of Spain, about 16 kilometres south of the Bay of Biscay, where the economic social development is located.
Sited between the larger Cantabrian Mountains and the Pyrenees. The soil is predominantly composed of mesozoic materials sedimented over a primitive paleozoic base.
In its beginnings, Bilbao only had three streets (Somera, Artecalle, and Tendería) now in total is build around 5 main streets populate of Souvenir’s shops.
Bilbao’s buildings display a variety of architectural styles, ranging from gothic, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Neo-Gothic and contemporary architecture. The Old Town features many of the oldest buildings in the city, as the St. James’ Cathedral or the Church of San Antón, included in the borough’s coat of arms. Most of the Old Town is a pedestrian zone during the day.
Bilbao, as other Basque cities, is known for a variety of appetizers and snacks, being prominent among them the pintxos, which are typically eaten in bars and that consist of small slices of bread on top of which is placed an ingredient or mixture of ingredients, generally of many different types and usually including elements typical of Basque cuisine.
The real tourist surge though would come much later with the inauguration of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in 1997. Thereafter tourist arrivals registered a continued upward trend, reaching over 932,000 visitors in 2018.
Bilbao was appointed a “City of Design” by UNESCO in 2014, even thanks to the museum.
The museum is integrated into the urban context, unfolding its interconnecting shapes of stone, glass and titanium on a 32,500-square-meter (350,000 sq ft) site along the Nervión River in the ancient industrial heart of the city; while modest from street level, it is most impressive when viewed from the river.
The Spanish language is the most used language of the city, followed by the Basque language, which is vernacular to the region.
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Thanks to Alessadra for the pics