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Museums in Bilbao
Guggenheim Museum
I have to admit that my relationship with the Guggenheim was love at first sight. When I saw it on TV I thought it was too modern, too unreal, too…I always found something wrong with it, but now I can only say that it is an authentic architectural marvel that has adapted to the city of Bilbao in a harmonious and perfect way. If you are lucky enough to visit it on a day when the sun and clouds constantly change the color of the scales, you can feel really privileged. And, of course, don’t forget to see the beautiful puppy guarding the entrance. You couldn’t ask for more. Bilbao definitely deserves a visit, and not only because of this impressive museum.
Beaches in San Sebastián
La Concha beach
Located in the most centric part of the city, this beach was a much awaited destination when arriving to San Sebastián. We traveled there, after spending some time in Bilbao, to see and enjoy this sunny beach, which is full of people, ve don’t seem to bother each other, and put my feet “on the other side of the Atlantic”. It was an unforgettable moment. It’s framed by the bay of the same name and surrounded by a beautiful esplanade with elaborate iron rails, where the artisans offer all kinds of necklaces, bracelets, wraps, etc. It is surrounded by a great quantity of buildings, palm trees, tamarinds and a great quantity of all types and colors of flowers; the image of Sacred Heart on the top of Mount Urgull, by Federico Collaut-Valera, seems to guard the bathers, fishermen, sportsmen and inhabitants of the city. The location of the beach, the telephone number and the website can be found in the official tourism website of San Sebastian.
Churches in Bermeo
It’s a beautiful journey to do by foot from the restaurant Eneperi to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. You will find, at the right side of the restaurant a path that says “San Juan” that will take you to the chapel. There is also a paved road, with better access, but with the heavy rain of these past months the road was destroyed since it sunk three meters down. This is why the only possibility is to walk down from Eneperi. The first part is very pretty, with a stoned path where you can already enjoy beautiful views of Aketze and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. After this first part you will find a mud and slippery path. Your clothes might get quite dirty. In spite of the good weather, the ground was a mess. From Eneperi to the road it takes about 15 minutes, and then you have to go up the more than 200 stairs, with the sound of the sea. Beautiful! It was the second time we’ve been there, and this time was even better, since the first time someone broke into our car and broke the trunk. All of this happened while we were seeing it from the top! This is why I recommend that you shouldn’t leave any valuables in the car. My children are champions because, even though they are young (three and five), they enjoyed the whole journey (about five kilometers way and back, with slopes and stairs). So to all parents out there: your children will enjoy it, especially the part where they can ring the bell and look for the “footprint of San Juan”! All of this while being surrounded by nature. In this place you won’t hear the sound of cars, maybe of a sporadic airplane, only the seagulls and the sea…I love it! If you are traveling with children, the biggest danger lies halfway through the stairs, there is a path without fence (we didn’t go there), and also up in the chapel, the viewpoint that borders the back part of the chapel. So be careful. As a curiosity, upstairs you will find a curious WC: it’s a space without door but hidden with a stone wall and a hole in the ground. Everything goes to the sea! In 1053 it was donated to the Monastery San Juan de la Peña, located in Huesca.
Cliffs in San Sebastián
The Comb of the Winds
You see it from afar and it doesn’t seem to say anything. But once you are closer, you can suddenly feel the wind, water, rocks and iron united in a symbiotic combination. Allow the wind to mess up your hair and spend some time seated in this almost magical place. You have to get there walking, San Sebastián is the ideal city to walk and enjoy its contrasts: colors, beaches, buildings, food and landscapes.
Neighborhoods in Bilbao
Old Town Bilbao (Casco Viejo)
I don’t pretend to give a lecture in history nor politics; instead I want to prove the greatness of Biscay and its people, who irradiate sympathy, kindness and hospitability, with these pictures. I was lucky enough to visit Bilbao on a Sunday, when the book fair of ancient books took place. I was amazed with the texts printed in Euskera (Basque), as well as the sheets and drawings. I let my host guide me and rejoiced with the beauty of the buildings and the sobriety of the institutions; the window in the train station is a jewel, as well as the endless corners that one discovers in these pictures, such as the one of the bar Río-oja, where you can see the inscription of the great floods in the eighties. Go visit the province and the gift of its nice and noble people, with strong traditions, that offer their humbleness to whoever may need it.
Rivers in Bilbao
Estuary of Bilbao
I spent this easter in Bilbao. I was surprised by how nice it is, how clean everything is and its people that are so friendly and nice. I spent a few days, its estuary, museums and of course the athletic football club.. what a feeling. Definitely a nice place to stay.
Bridges in Getxo
The Vizcaya Bridge
In Getxo there's an old bridge that once served as transport to cross the river, today the bridge is still running for traffic. The bridge has two ways to cross, the first is through its mobile platform at the bottom, which makes trips every few minutes from one bank to the other and it can carry both vehicles and pedestrians. The other way is climbing to the top of it where there's a walkway that allows you to walk across. Personally, this is the best option since the view is beautiful and it's hard to see much expansion of the city. Perhaps it's best to cross by one way and then return by the other.
Beaches in Zarautz
Playa de Zarautz
Zarautz guards its treasures in its beach…even though the seafront is not what it used to, because the mansions and ancient houses have slowly given way to more modern buildings. The beach is marvelous…and if you like surfing this is a great place. In fact, this place holds international championships every year. I experienced very happy moments with my family in this beach when I was small and we went to visit the “uncles and cousins of Zarautz”…we were crazy with happiness to go there and I can still remember the smell of the sea when we walked towards the sea, crossing the railway tracks. If it was holiday I remember having “churros” with sugar when the sun was coming down. When the tides go down, the beach is filled with little puddles, my sister used to run towards them without even waiting to take off her clothes and “dive” into them (more like getting her butt wet); we spent the whole day splashing around and playing in the sand. I also remember the “ratón de Guataria”, the rock that looks like a mouse.
Viewpoints in San Sebastián
Monte Igueldo Lookout
In Mount Iguelo's Amusement Park, you'll find one of the best viewpoints in San Sebastian (I think it's a must-see). From there, you can, at a glance, the whole coast of San Sebastian, even beyond the city, the entire Basque coastline and its interior.
Squares in Vitoria
Plaza de la Virgen Blanca
Vitoria is a city made for walking, to enjoy it while strolling around without rushing, without the stress of cars. You find places like Plaza Vieja, where you sense that Vitoria is depicted in the walls of the buildings that border this beautiful and unique space. We contemplate part of ancient Vitoria in the stairs that give way to Gasteiz, we observe the romantic Vitoria, with its houses with white windowed balconies, the strong Vitoria with the incredible statue commemorating ancient battles. We find modern Vitoria where the city widens. The gastronomy, the tapas, is found in the innumerable taverns, bars and terraces; the feeling of the city with the great atmosphere that this square has. It’s an all inclusive, a beautiful recompilation of the Vitorias that await us. For me it is a unique place, full of life, history, art and culture, where suddenly a group of people start dancing to the sound of traditional music. It is a gathering place for locals, a welcoming place for those of us visiting from outside, and we feel a great warmth in this square. The hustle and bustle, the handshakes, kissing, kids running around, tourists, photographers, and the curious eyes, such as mine, that can’t stop looking all around. When you get there, sit down, observe, enjoy and feel the passion and elegance that this city transmits. I must admit, Vitoria made us fall in love with it!
Bridges in Bilbao
Zubizuri Bridge
I love this different angle. At night, by day, from the side, from the other side, it's a perfect place to find a different picture so I can remember that trip. It's taken next to the "Gugen" museum, with the Isozaki towers in front. A charming landmark.
Villages in Laguardia
In the region of La Rioja Alavesa we find this beautiful medieval municipality where a walk along its streets is like going back to the 15th Century. In fact, the day we visited it there was a medieval market, creating a perfect atmosphere. The wall, about two meters high, surrounds the whole town, giving it a much more impressive appearance, as well as its streets, narrow and with stone buildings. It is worth highlighting Santa María de los Reyes, a monastery with a gothic façade where we find an important polychromed portico, one of the few that remain intact in Spain. It is a secret corner of Álava that is worth visiting and where you can also enjoy the amazing Basque gastronomy.
Of Cultural Interest in San Sebastián
San Sebastian Old Town (Parte Viejo)
This is one of the many parts of Donostia that will grab your attention! I love walking through the narrow streets of the old part, with its various taverns with pintxos and txiquitos. The harbor is on your left, the Bretxa market on your right, and in the background is the Church of Santa Maria, and in front, the town hall square and the beginning of Contxa Bay. You couldn't ask for more.
Villages in Hondarribia
The old fishing village of Hondarribia is an essential place to visit if you are touring around the area. It is an extraordinary blend of a border town, with its old castle, currently a Parador, and a fishing village with brightly colored houses and balconies filled with flowers. High above the village, next to the castle, is the splendid church of Santa Maria Assunta. Cottages Guipúzcoa http://www.Toprural.Com/euskadi-pais-vasco/casas-rurales-guipuzcoa_bd-es-20.htm
Forests in Kortezubi
Oma Forest
We were looking for a way to spend the morning and we thought of going to the Forest of Oma, or the Painted Forest. The entire route is about 8 kilometers long and is perfectly signaled. Inside the woods we found 47 figures and 47 arrows in the ground from where to look at each figure. You can also visit the caves of Santimamiñe or the town of Oma, both near the forest.
Cathedrals in San Sebastián
San Sebastian Cathedral
This cathedral is in Amara and was designed by the architect Sebastian Manuel de Echave. It is about 1900m2 and was opened in 1897. It was inspired by Germanic Gothic cathedrals and the stained glass windows were designed by Juan Bautista Lázaro. The windows that close the apse represent the 12 apostles and the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. It's in the extension of Amara and was designed by Sebastian Manuel de Echave. It's 1900m2 and was opened in the year 1897. It was inspired by Germanic Gothic cathedrals and the stained glass windows were designed by Juan Bautista Lázaro, those that close the apse represent the 12 apostles and the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Beaches in Sopelana
Playa de Sopelana
When night falls and the beach gets quiet, there is no better place to relax and unwind than Uribe Kosta beach, where surfers congregate to navigate between the waves. At low tide it exposes all of its rocks and boulders, especially the Peñatxuri.
Castles in Gatika