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A taste of Bruselas
Brussels, Belgium
You can expect just about anything from a city capable of exporting the best chocolate in the world and Brussels sprouts (the name didn’t come by chance). The Belgian capital is a city of contrasts that will leave you with a good taste in your mouth. 
Be txikitero, my friend
Bilbao, Spain
In Bilbao there are not residents, there are txikiteros. This is the name given to the people who drink txikitos, small glasses of wine served in the bars. Be a txikitero, my friend.
From Madrid to heaven (or so they say)
Madrid, Spain
One of the most popular Madrid sayings has it that there’s only one better place than Madrid, and that’s Paradise. Since it’s hard to visit the latter, let’s begin with the former.
Ancient but modern. Oldie but goldie
Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is the oldest capital city in Western Europe. But it blends that antiquity with a ragingly modern spirit. Maybe because beauty is never out of style. 
Tossa de Mar
Tossa de Mar, Spain
Pola Giverola is a resort located between two lovely coves of turquoise waters and fine sand, just a few minutes from Tossa de Mar.
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When in Rome: history of the marianito
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A pagoda among the cathedrals
When in Rome: history of the marianito


Bilbao offers the traveller many stimulating options. It’s a vibrant, cosmopolitan city. And that can be a little overwhelming. Which is why it’s important to find a refuge like Latroupe La Granja. The best lodging to recharge your batteries.

Number 2 Plaza Circular in Bilbao is a special place. In 1926 on its ground floor the mythic Café La Granja opened, executed in the art nouveau style. It soon became the city’s cultural epicentre. That’s why Latroupe decided to maintain the name and the spirit of this literary café when it chose this building for its new hostel. Its central location and the importance of the enclave give this hostel a local Basque and very neighbourhood character.

Solving the Bilbao puzzle
Bilbao is a puzzle. The disordered growth of this unique city means that each area has its own marked personality.  
There’s the old part of town (the casco viejo), the heart of a city that still beats with power. It’s easy to get lost in this elegant area while sampling wines and the local tapas (pintxos). The promenade along the estuary, crowned by the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum, offers one of the most impressive vistas in the city. And then there’s the grey periphery, which sprung up in a disorderly way in the 1980s and today offers the grittiest and most amusing Bilbao.  Or the largest covered fresh food market in Europe, eloquent expression of just how important food is here. All these pieces make up a unique mosaic. And to make sure they fit together perfectly, the best thing is to have a local host. Or stay at Latroupe. 
Plaza Nueva
This rectangular plaza in the neoclassic style has 18 arches on two sides and 15 on the other two. It was built in the middle of the 19th century and is now a point of reference in the Casco Viejo. Here you can find some of the best restaurants and pintxo bars in Bilbao. A curiosity: the Plaza Nueva was going to be called the Plaza de Fernando VII and was going to have an equestrian statue of the monarch in the centre. But the king died during construction, and so authorities dedicated the plaza to the people. 
Guggenheim Museum
Now a symbol of the city, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao constitutes one of the most ambitious cultural projects of the 20th century. It is a contemporary art museum designed by the Canadian architect Frank O. Gehry. Its permanent collection includes works by the prominent artists of the past four decades. In addition, it organises interesting exhibitions. After filling up on art, you can do the same thing with some good pintxos (local tapas). The museum’s terrace has some surprising views of Bilbao that blend perfectly with the restaurant’s local cuisine.
By boat through the estuary
A good way to discover the history of Bilbao and its architecture from another perspective, or to surprise your mate  (we promise not to reveal that the idea wasn’t yours), is to take a boat ride along its famous estuary. Taking advantage of the fact that this waterway cuts through the centre of the city, you can climb on board there and admire the Guggenheim, before passing through Zorrozaurre and the Portugalete Bridge. The trips last an hour if you only make the city centre run, or two hours if you prefer to go as far as the sea. In addition, some tickets allow you to get on and off as often as you like on the same day.
Bilbao’s Mercado de la Ribera
Do you want to see something in Bilbao that has set a Guinness record? This market, near the Church of San Antón, boasts of being in the Guinness Book of Records as the most complete in the world and the largest in Europe. The Mercado de la Ribera was built in 1929, and was designed by architect Pedro de Ispizua. It’s a kind of ship anchored next to the estuary, in which to purchase all kinds of delicacies from its 59 stalls, in addition to eating breakfast, having lunch in its restaurants, sampling a brunch, consuming some pintxos and tapas, or even letting the resident chefs prepare what you’ve just bought. All this is accompanied by an interesting and attractive offer of cultural activities, such as exhibitions, fashion shows, films, storytelling, children’s theatre, jazz concerts and all kinds of workshops. 
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A pagoda among the cathedrals
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When in Rome: history of the marianito
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History of a wave
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