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Bilbao

PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 2:32 pm
by Rob Hall
I'm planning a trip which returns home via ferry from Bilbao. I have the option of either arriving in Bilbao on the day and going straight to the ferry terminal, or getting there a day early and spending some time looking around the city. Is there anyone here who anyone knows Bilbao, who could offer some thoughts?

Re: Bilbao

PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:23 pm
by garth cartwright
Definitely worth a day. Obviously, there's the Guggenheim Art Museum but beyond that Bilbao is a Spanish city with strong Basque character. Not pretty but not dull either. Kind of like Liverpool with better food and better looking locals.

Re: Bilbao

PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:29 pm
by AndyM
Bilbao easily deserves a look around. The Guggenheim is the lynchpin of course and it is an astounding building, probably better than most of the art inside it but you have to go in as the building's interiors are as unmissable as its outside. The museum restaurant is also stunning! The river that runs through the city has some parks and bridges that are good for a mooch on a sunny day (nb. Bilbao has lots of rainy days so don't bank on sun). There's a swish tram system that'll get you around the city and great shops. Drink some pacharan (sloe/aniseed liqueur)!

Re: Bilbao

PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 4:06 am
by taiyo no otosan
Yep. I would agree with all of the above. Especially the bit about drinking patxaran.

It was grey and rainy when I was there, but it still had a definite charm.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:59 am
by AndyM
taiyo no otosan wrote: patxaran.


Ah, the Basque spelling - !que impresionante!

Re: Bilbao

PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:31 am
by Rob Hall
Which reminds me... the other factor to be taken into consideration is that my Spanish is embarrassingly non-existent. Much as I'd love to sample whatever this drink is, I wouldn't know how to ask for it.

Re: Bilbao

PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:36 am
by AndyM
Patcher-RAN should do it.