The curves on the building have been designed to appear random. The architect has been quoted as saying that “the randomness of the curves are designed to catch the light”. Designed by Canadian/American architect Frank Gehry and opened to the public in 1997, it was immediately vaulted to prominence as one of the world’s most spectacular buildings in the style of Deconstructivism. Architect Philip Johnson called it “the greatest building of our time”.
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
(Museo de Bellas Artes) The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is currently one of the main painting and sculpture museums of Spain. The building of the museum is located entirely inside the city’s Doña Casilda Iturrizar park.
Arriaga Opera House
(Teatro Arriaga) The Teatro Arriaga was built in Neoclassical style by architect Joaquín Rucoba in 1890, the same architect that built the city hall. It is named after Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga, known in his time as the “Spanish Mozart”. The theater was rebuilt in 1985 after severe flooding destroyed it in August 1983.
The Plaza Nueva (New Square) is a monumental square of Neoclassical style built in 1821. Its name comes from the previously existing Plaza Vieja or Old Square in the place where the Ribera Market was built. The arches host many traditional taverns and restaurants, some of the most ancient and typical of the city. Each Sunday the square provides space for a traditional flea market where books, birds and flowers are sold. The square is used often for folk dances, festivals and concerts.
This elegant, luxurious, 5-star hotel is one of the finest and most majestic hotels in Bilbao. First opened in 1926, it is one of the city’s most emblematic buildings. With supremely high quality and history in every detail. In the past, the hotel has played host to King Alfonso XIII, Federico García Lorca, Albert Einstein and Maria Callas.