Guggenheim museum in Bilbao and the coastal villages
Discover one of the most modern and extravagant museums. Frank Gehry’s architectural wonder is hard to miss and has become a mecca for art and architecture lovers alike. Located in the heart of Bilbao, the imposing structure is a space where impossible forms and varied materials create a dreamlike atmosphere.
Enjoy this tour only an hour away from San Sebastian and later have lunch in one of the traditional restaurants in Guetaria. This restaurants are world known for fresh fish and seafood.
Since its foundation in the 14th century it has been an important commercial settlement thanks to the privileges that were granted by the Crown of Castilla which developed great exports in the form of Castillian wool and Iron from its mines. During the 19th century and in the beginning of the 20th the city experimented its particular industrial revolution becoming the second biggest industrial hub just behind Barcelona. Today Bilbao is in the process of an esthetic and economic revitalization which has been led by the construction of the Guggenheim Museum.
Zumaia & Guetaria
Short stop at the cliffs of Zumaia next to the hermitage of San Telmo. Known scenario thanks to the famous fiction series Game of Thrones. Also place of scientific geological interest due to the rock formations “Flysh”.
It is a small coastal town that has become the epicenter of Basque gastronomy along with San Sebastian. Thanks to its fish and seafood restaurants that cook in the traditional way with charcoal fire.
It is also known for having the largest concentration of “txakoli” wineries in the world!
Txakoli is the traditional local wine.
But Guetaria also has historical relevance worldwide as it is the birthplace of Juan Sebastian Elkano. First man to circumnavigate the roundness of the globe. The church that is still standing is the church where this historical character was baptized in the 15th century.
You can also visit monuments in his honor and those of the crew that accompanied him on that long voyage.