Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Bilbao, Spain - a flying bridge and a 30 foot dog

Three for the price of one! This tour was a hodge-podge of features from three don't-have-much locations and turned out to be quite enjoyable.
Up first is Getxo. This is home of the cruise port, is part of Greater Bilbao, has about 80,000 mostly affluent inhabitants. It is noted for it's flying bridge. Next up Castro Urdiales, a seaport on the bay of Biscay. It is a modern town, although its castle and the Gothic-style parish church of Santa María de la Asunción, date from the Middle Ages. Currently, tourism, fishing, and fish canning make up the economy but tourism looks set to eclipse all else fairly soon. Population is around 32,000 - a number that can almost triple in the summertime.
Finally, Bilbao, the largest city in the Basque Country and the tenth largest in Spain with a population around one third million. During the 19th and early 20th centuries Bilbao became heavily industrialised but, today, it has morphed into a service city enjoying social, economic, and aesthetic revitalisation inspired by the presence of the iconic Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. Pictures here.

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