Bilbao is a city of contrasts. Though it's surrounded by greenery and verdant mountains, this port city in northern Spain has an industrial feel, with many museums and huge skyscrapers giving it an old-meets-new feel.
The main attraction that draws visitors to Bilbao is undoubtedly the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum, a massive titanium-clad landmark that opened in 1997.
This modern and contemporary art museum essentially put Bilbao on the map thanks to its innovative, eye-catching design. With thousands of works on display here, it's worth dedicating a few hours to visiting the museum.
Other cultural sites of note in Bilbao include the Fine Arts Museum, the Maritime Museum and the Bilbao Cathedral.
Bilbao is the beating heart of Spain's Basque country, which means the dining scene is off the charts. There's an abundance of Michelin-starred restaurants serving up local dishes like pintxos (tapas) and hearty lamb stews.
It's worth spending an afternoon visiting the Ribera market, Bilbao's main food market located in a restored Art Deco building. Pick up some fresh produce or treat yourself to a glass of wine, which usually goes for around €2.