Bilbao is a puzzle. The disordered growth of this unique city means that each area has its own personality.
The old part of the town (the Casco Viejo) makes up the heart of Bilbao which is still constantly beating with power. It’s easy to get lost in this elegant area while sampling wines and local tapas (pintxos). The promenade along the estuary, crowned by the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum, offers one of the most impressive views in the city. Then there’s the grey periphery, which swung up in a disorderly way in the 1980s leading to a gritty and amusing city. Or you can visit the largest covered fresh food market in Europe and see why the food is so important here. All these pieces make up a unique mosaic. To make sure each piece fits ztogether perfectly, the best thing to have is a local host. Or to stay at Latroupe.