Bilbao, Spain is a place of cultural wonder, hosting two of the country’s finest art galleries, six museums, as well as art exhibits, opera, dance performances, theater, and music such as pop and rock to delight holiday-goers. It is also the Capital of Cod due to the delicious meals at local restaurants using this type of fish.
One of the most famous museums is The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which houses both modern and contemporary artworks of local and international artists. It was designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry and inaugurated in 1997.
You should also see the Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC), which is the headquarters of the Feria de Muestras de Bilbao. It houses a shopping mall, a hotel, and pavilions that can be used for international fairs, exhibits, and conferences. Plus, there is parking for more than 4,000 vehicles.
If you love sports, watch a basketball game at the Bilbao Arena played by the Bilbao Basket, a professional basketball club in the city.
Bilbao features an oceanic climate. Being close to the ocean, this means it basically has two seasons: winter and summer. The average range of temperatures is between 25 and 26 °C (77.0 and 78.8 °F) in the summer and the average temperatures in the winter season range between 6 and 7 °C (42.8 and 44.6 °F).
Semana Grande is a huge festival that attracts hundreds of thousands of people in August every year. During the festivals nine days, there’s tons of things to do in Bilbao as well as musical events, games, street entertainment, and fireworks displays. Also in August is the International Film Festival of Short Films.
Runners should come in October for the Bilbao Night Marathon, the only one of its kind in Europe. Ages 16 and up are allowed to run in the marathon.
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