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Bilbao old town

  • View of the 'Siete Calles' in the historic quarter of Bilbao. Vizcaya-Bizcaia © Turespaña

    View of the 'Siete Calles' in the historic quarter of Bilbao. Vizcaya-Bizcaia © Turespaña



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Vizcaya - Bizkaia, Basque Country
Vizcaya - Bizkaia

The oldest monuments in Bilbao are found in the old quarter. The area is also one of the main centres for leisure, shopping and cuisine in the city.

The old town is also known as the “Seven Streets”, originally comprising the following streets: Somera, Artekale, Tendería, Carnicería Vieja, Belostikale, Barrenkale and Barrenkale Barrena It was extended over time to the surrounding streets and squares. The area has a special charm with many colonnades, windowed balconies, coats-of-arms and old palaces. Santiago Cathedral, Begoña Basilica, La Encarnación Convent, housing the Sacred Art Museum, and the churches of San Antón, Santos Juanes and San Nicolás are just some standout monuments. In addition, the Arriaga Theatre, Plaza Nueva, La Ribera Market, Bidebarrieta Library, the old stock market building or the Basque Archaeology Museum are all worth a visit. The city’s bridges are also an emblematic architectural feature: San Anton, La Ribera or La Merced are just a few examples.


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Detail from: Vincent van Gogh, ‘Montagnes à Saint-Rémy (Mountains at Saint-Remy)’, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, July 1889. Oil on canvas, 72.8 x 92 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Thannhauser Collection, donation, Justin K. Thannhauser 78.2514.24 © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Nueva York (SRGF)

Sep 21, 2018 to Mar 24, 2019


Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao - Bilbao
From Van Gogh to Picasso. The Thannhauser legacy

Paul Gauguin. “Washerwomen in Arles (Laveuses à Arles)”, 1888. Oil on canvas. 74 x 92 cm. (Art Room). © Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao

Oct 6, 2018 to Jun 2, 2019


Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts - Bilbao
ABC. The alphabet at the Bilbao Museum

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Oct 19, 2018 to Feb 24, 2019


Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao - Bilbao
Alberto Giacometti. Retrospective

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Oct 19, 2019

Athletics: Bilbao Night Race

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