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Bilbao and Its Transformation: The Magic of "la Ria" (the estuary)

Bilbao is an emblematic example of a city that has successfully reinvented itself. At the end of the last century, it was an industrial and gray city, with a population haunted by the specter of unemployment. It stood at a crossroads, and industrial restructuring became imperative. After the uncertain economic years of the 80s, Bilbao was reborn with a new spirit, embarking on a radical shift in its economy by transforming into a service-oriented city.

foto de la ria de Bilbao y museo guggenheim
Museo Guggenheim Bilbao


The undisputed emblem of this 'New Bilbao' is the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, a masterpiece designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry. The building has an organic and sculptural form, with curves, unusual angles, and undulating surfaces that seem to flow like water. This gives it a dynamic and unique appearance. The museum's exterior is clad in bright titanium panels that give the building its characteristic silver appearance and reflect light, creating changing visual effects throughout the day.


In addition to the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao has undergone an environmental transformation focused on the recovery of the Ría. The investment in this project was monumental, amounting to 800 million euros. The banks of the Ría have been transformed into a pleasant space that houses buildings and masterpieces designed by the best architects and artists.


The recovery of the historic old town after the devastating floods of 1983 was also crucial for the revitalization of the city. Today, the Old Town is a vibrant tourist area that preserves the traditions and essence of Bilbao. You can't miss exploring its streets, mingling with the locals, and enjoying pintxos and local wines.


Many of these new infrastructure projects in Bilbao were designed by renowned architects such as Norman Foster and Santiago Calatrava.


Today's Bilbao is a vibrant city where the past and the future merge into an exciting present. The transformation of this city is an inspiring example. Don't miss the opportunity to explore this captivating corner of the world! Take the tour with the www.spain-walkingtours.com app.

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