Spain, Bilbao, circular bandstand by the architect of Bermeo Pedro Ispizua in Plaza del Arenal.

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Plaza del Arenal


The morphing ground between the Casco Viejo and the newer parts of Bilbao, the Plaza del Arenal is a large open space that frequently plays host to outdoor exhibitions. On Sunday mornings it's home to a sweet-smelling flower market.

The playground on the south end of the plaza is a major draw for families.

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