Excursions in Vizcaya - Bilbao
Reference point for lovers of contemporary art, the museum is a symbol of how a spectacular constructions such as that by Ghery may contribute to the regeneration of an area. The permanent collection of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao fundamentally includes works by the most famous artists from the past four decades of this century, complemented by works lent by the Salomón R. Guggenheim Foundation, which includes significant examples of pop art, minimalism, arte povera, conceptual art, abstract expressionism, etc., as is the case with the special programmes that are promoted by the foundation. Moreover, several rooms in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao are dedicated to monographic montages whilst others house works for a specific location, namely expressly commisioned for this museum. Contemporary Basque and Spanish art are also represented by a selection of works by our best artists who, on the whole, proivide a detailled impression of the current trends in our art.
Come and enjoy the most rural and industrial views of the Basque country plus the unique Basilica of Loyola and the tower house of Saint Ignatius of Loyola where will learn about the roots of the founder of the Jesuits. Getaria will surprise you like no fishermen village has done before, feel the essence of sailors that go back hundreds of years and let yourself relax and enjoy the gastronomy at Zarauz, one of the most popular summer locations in the Basque country and reference point for international Surf championships. Finally will arrive to San Sebastian, this city will enchant you with the old quarter not to mention the famous gastronomical Pintxo.
The precise origins of Bilbao have not been determined. However, a settlement had already been established and had significantly developed on both banks of the "ria del Nervion" before it officially became a villa. It was Don Diego Lopez de Haro V, lord of Vizcaya, who gave the city his title in the year 1300, due to its great importance as a commercial and maritime center at the time. At the beginning of the 20th century, Bilbao was the great economic icon of the Basque Country and amongst the most important cities in the State. The city is now undergoing a new physical transformation, becoming more and more appealing to visitors. You will be able to travel to The Guggenheim Museum, the Euskalduna Palace, a conference and music center, the plaza Ensanche, the Jardines de albia and San Vicente Church, the Abando area and the commercial center Zubiarte, the Gran Via, the Corte Ingles, the church of the Sagrado Corazon, The Arriquibar square, the Casa Alhondiga, Indautxu aera, the Bizkaia square, the commercial area, the Moyua square, the Bellas artes museum, the Dona Casilda Park, the Sagrado Corazon square, the University of Deusto and all the main buildings that represent the transformed image of this city.
The Basque coast is a wild and natural place full of tradition and good gastronomy. Come and discover the oldest Transporter Bridge in the world, the rough coastline and fine sand beaches, the historical and typical Basque fishermen villages, the Biosphere Reserve of Urdaibai, declared by Unesco and the emblematic village of Gernika with the Assembly Hall & the Sacred Tree.
Come and taste wines that will fascinate your senses in a place where wine and culture are synonymous. Experience first-hand the wonders of this Rioja Alavesa tour and discover how the best wine is made in a once in a life time opportunity to taste the world famous Rioja wine in its own birth place.
Biarritz is a place chosen by kings and famous figures to spend their summer vacations. Check out the picturesque streets and welcoming atmosphere of Saint Jean de Luz and the unique church of Saint Jean Baptist. Let yourself relax and enjoy the food at the typical fishermen village of Hondarribia and the natural beauty that surrounds the whole area. And finally the international reference with the cinema festival, the beauty of San Sebastian will enchant you with the old quarter and not to mention the famous gastronomic Pintxos.
The famous Rioja Wine area is a must for wine lovers. Located in the south of the Basque country, will be able to discover and learn about this unique and privileged region. Will visit the unique medieval village of Laguardia and the Capital city of the Basque country, Vitoria. Will visit as a must, a traditional wine cellar to learn about their secrets.