As the capital of Vizcaya, the autonomous community of the Basque Country, Bilbao is situated in northern Spain. Characterized as modern and cosmopolitan, visitors can admire Basque culture and influences present in every corner of the city. The city's main attraction is the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. However, it's not just the modern and contemporary art displayed inside the museum that is worth admiring. The building, which was designed by American architect Frank Gehry, is a unique structure constructed from titanium, stone, and glass. Bilbao also has a great balance of urban energy and tranquility, so if the hustle and busle of the city's diverse culture and history gets too overwhelming, there are a vast number of parks and gardens for visitors to unwind. One major festival to take note of in the city's event calendar is the "Aste Nagusia". Held at the end of August, celebrations fill the streets with 9 action packed days of music and cultural entertainment.
When drinking and dining in Bilbao, test out their local wine, Txakoli, which is produced mainly in the Basque, Cantabria and northern Burgos provinces. Originally produced and known within local villages, the quality of Txakoli has risen significantly over time and is now considered one of Spain's top white wines. Txakoli has three major varieties from the Basque country: Álava, Bizkaia and Getaria. If you are looking for top Txakoli wineries in this region, visit Gure Ahaleginak, as they allow visitors into their cellars for tastings.