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Spanning six buildings the Bilbao Exhibition Centre has played host to many international conventions and consortiums. Visitors can also host events and forums at Euskalduna where it can hold over 4000 participants. Further, this venue was dubbed the world's best congress cente in 2003 by the International Congress Palace Association.
Northern Spain is home to cuisine unlike any other. Zortziko offers baby squid and tomato carpaccio with Basque touches. Experience the meal in the downstairs cellar and enjoy the ambiance of a rustic table surrounded by extraordinary wines. Close to the Guggenheim museum in a Bilbao hotel is Bermeo, a restaurant that offers lobsters sauteed with melon slices in a cream sauce. Wooden walls and white table clothes elevate the experience of the dinner.
Visit Ricas Y Famosas, which is a small yet well-stocked boutique in the centre of town that specialises in tasteful party pieces by international labels. For a bit of bling shop at Sa’d Joyas, the jeweller that sells unusual and minimalist pieces by designers worldwide. Between shopping and buying stop in any one of the local cafes and grocers such as La Alacena del Víctor Montes whose shelves stock foie gras, jamón ibérico and Basque idiazábal cheeses.
Major Points of Interest
Travellers can enjoy the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which has brought in millions of patrons since 1997. Nestled on the Nervion River, tourists can enjoy the Frank Gehry building outside as well as inside. Next, walk along the river and enjoy the sights of all 17 bridges, particularly the Zubizuri. Designed by Santiago Calatrava this pedestrian footbridge opened in 1997. Lastly, head to the Princes of Spain Bridge built in 1972. It is also known as "La Salve”- it is a suspension bridge redesigned in 2007 by artist Daniel Buren.
Athletic Bilbao is the sole football club of Bilbao. Clothed in red and white the club brings players through the ranks from a young age and harnesses their talents. Sports enthusiasts can watch the team play in the San Mamés Stadium throughout the year.