Bilbao is the tenth biggest city in the country of Spain and is the capital of the autonomous Basque region. It offers a successful mix of the traditional Basque culture and the more modern elements and is a must see place for any design enthusiast. The city's port makes it an important trade area for shipping as well as tourism and it is home to some impressive museums including the Museo de Bellas Artes and the Guggenheim. Car hire in Bilbao not only allows you to easily access the city's various districts but also allows for further exploration of the wider Basque region and the Bay of Biscay.
Bilbao's Guggenheim museum is the city's most notable point of interest that draws thousands of tourists to the city each year. Built in 1997 the iconic metal structure was designed to represent both Bilbao's industrial heritage but also to resemble a fish itself. The inside of the building is as impressive as the outside, with high ceilings designed to create wide open spaces that allow the various artworks and sculptures to be showcased. The museum benefits from regular sharing exhibitions from New York's Guggenheim, as well as many temporary exhibitions in its own right. The museum has been a revelation for the city since it was built and has helped Bilbao grow as a city of culture. Bilbao also has a wonderful old quarter known as the Casco Viejo which is an area full of old buildings containing many shops, restaurants and small local bars. This is the traditional centre of the city where the Basque atmosphere really shines through. The main attraction here is the city's 14th Century Gothic Cathedral, Cathedral de Santiago which opens out to a pleasant plaza where locals and tourists alike come to sit and relax. Hiring a car in Bilbao is the best way to make the most out of your visit as well as being able to travel further into the Basque country and around Northern Spain.