Bilbao from above

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Funicular de Artxanda


Bilbao is a city hemmed in by hills and mountains, resting in a tight valley. For a breathtaking view over the city and the wild Basque mountains beyond, take a trip on the funicular railway that has creaked its way up the steep slope to the summit of Artxanda since 1915.

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1. Zubizuri


The most striking of the modern bridges that span the Ría del Nervión, the Zubizuri (Basque for 'White Bridge') has become an iconic feature of Bilbao's…

2. Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

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Shimmering titanium Museo Guggenheim Bilbao is one of modern architecture's most iconic buildings. It played a major role in helping to lift Bilbao out of…

3. Universidad de Deusto

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On the banks of the Ría del Nervión, and accessible via the Pedro Arrupe footbridge, the Universidad de Deusto dominates the waterfront. This landmark…

4. Plaza del Arenal


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5. Concordia Train Station

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The Concordia train station, with its art nouveau facade of wrought iron and tiles, was built in 1902 and for many years provided colour and interest in a…

6. Plaza de Federico Moyúa

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7. Iglesia San Nicolás de Bari

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8. Museo de Bellas Artes

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