We’ve previously talked about the wonderful museums in Madrid, but one I had to add to my list outside of Madrid was the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao. So, we ended up stopping through Bilbao on our way up to San Sebastian.
We were hooked on Frank Gehry’s architecture, after seeing the hotel he designed at Marque de Riscal winery. The museum sits along the banks of the Nervion River next to the La Salve Bridge. We parked a couple blocks down in the heart of Bilbao’s downtown, with its wide streets and quaint cafes, all leading toward the river. Then, we walked through a beautiful city park with Roman columns surrounding a fountain, and a children’s playground with a small pond that meanders along the river up to the museum and the many new futuristic condo projects being built nearby.
Impressive doesn’t even begin to explain the Guggenheim Bilbao’s architecture. I had seen it on many shows on Spain, but of course it doesn’t compare to seeing in person. This is one of those buildings you have to walk around the entire building to appreciate this amazing piece of art that defies physics, that Mr. Gehry is so famous for. The large sculptures around the museum, that alone would probably dwarf the Guggenheim in New York, are also worth seeing.
The town itself is quaint and I was impressed to see a city that was once an industrial hub, now have endless bike paths and pedestrian bridges. It reminded me of Spokane, WA another river town we enjoyed seeing as well. It also made for a nice spot to relax for half a day on our way up to San Sebastian.
Museo Guggenheim Bilbao Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Avenida Abandoibarra, 2 Bilbao 48001, Spain