The northern Spanish city of Bilbao stands as the tenth largest in the country, and is known as the capital of the Basque region. Not only does Bilbao offer a fantastic inner city experience with both cultural and modern aspects, visitors can explore the fantastic Basque scenery and countryside. Hiring a car from Bilbao Airport will allow you to take a trip to the Bay of Biscay, situated around 15km north of the city. Bilbao centre itself is awash with attractions - mainly an array of churches and cathedrals so you can explore the city's religious history.
If you have picked up a hire car at Bilbao Airport it's a short drive from Loiu into the city itself. Bilbao actually spreads itself between two mountain ranges and across both sides of an estuary, creating an urban sprawl that is now the fifth largest in Spain. The BI-3741 leads right to the heart of the city, where you'll find Bilbao's landmark sight - The Guggenheim Museum, a sensationally futuristic titanium and glass structure designed by Frank Gehry - facing you on the opposite side of the river. Elsewhere, look out for the contrasting ancient churches of Bilbao's Old Quarter and the elegant porticoed buildings of the 19th century Plaza Nueva.