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Top Choice Gallery in New Town

Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

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 its postindustrial depression and into the 21st century – an…
Top Choice Natural Feature in Bermeo

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

On the road between the small towns of Bakio and Bermeo is one of the most photographed features of the Basque coast: the small island of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Attached to the mainland by a short causeway, this …
Top Choice Museum in Vitoria-Gasteiz

Artium

Vitoria’s palace of modern art may not have much in the way of grand architecture, but it stages some of the most daring and thought-provoking exhibitions in the Basque Country. Art lovers shouldn't miss this temple…
Top Choice Cathedral in Vitoria-Gasteiz

Catedral de Santa María

At the summit of the old town and dominating its skyline is the medieval Catedral de Santa María. Although the church has been undergoing a lengthy restoration project for many years, it is open for guided visits, w…
Top Choice Gallery in New Town

Museo de Bellas Artes

The Museo de Bellas Artes houses a compelling collection that includes everything from Gothic sculptures to 20th-century pop art. There are three main subcollections: classical art, with works by Murillo, Zurbarán, …
Top Choice Museum in Getaria

Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa

Although Getaria is mainly about sun, sand and seafood, don't miss a visit to the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa. Local boy Cristóbal became a giant in the fashion world in the 1950s and '60s, and this impressive museu…
Top Choice Basque in New Town

Casa Rufo

Tucked in the back of a small deli and wine shop, Casa Rufo feels something like a hidden dining spot – albeit one that's terrible at keeping secrets (reserve ahead). Amid shelves packed with top-quality wines, dine…
Top Choice Basque in Parte Vieja

La Cuchara de San Telmo

This bustling, always packed bar offers miniature nueva cocina vasca (Basque nouvelle cuisine) from a supremely creative kitchen. Unlike many San Sebastián bars, this one doesn’t have any pintxos (Basque tapas) laid…
Top Choice Basque in Hondarribia

Gastroteka Danontzat

Gastroteka Danontzat has a fun, creative approach to dining, serving beautifully prepared market-fresh fare with a dash of whimsy. Start off with smoked sardines, anchovies or crab pudding, before moving on to tende…
Top Choice Pintxos in New Town

La Viña del Ensanche

Set with old-fashioned wood-panelled walls and framed postcards written by adoring fans over the years, La Viña del Ensanche maintains a reputation as one of Bilbao's best eating spots – no small achievement for a p…