Nestled on Spain’s northern coast, Bilbao lies at the heart of the Basque Country, a fascinating region that offers plenty to see and do. The largest city in the area, Bilbao attracts visitors seeking business, pleasure and culture alike. Its standout attraction is undoubtedly the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which is worth a visit solely for its stunning architecture, let alone the vast collection of art and cultural works housed inside.
Other sights to see include the impressive 14th century Catedral de Bilbao and the Euskalduna Palace, a fantastic feat of modern architecture that pays homage to the city’s industrial heritage. Many visitors to Bilbao enjoy simply strolling around the city’s old town and its atmospheric narrow streets, stopping off to enjoy the odd Basque delicacy such as Marmitako fish stew.
Bilbao is also a popular business destination, with top-class facilities available at the Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall and the Bilbao Exhibition center. The wider Basque Country is within easy reach of the city, including the beautiful beaches of the Bay of Biscay, which provide a perfect place to relax and soak up the sun. When visiting Bilbao it’s important to remember that while many people speak Spanish, Basque is the official language of the region and locals will appreciate if you make the effort to learn a few phrases. Where should you stay in Bilbao? The Hotel Carlton is the ideal base for your trip. The most emblematic and luxurious in the city, this five-star hotel allows you to enjoy the city in the height of comfort.
Enjoy a drink or snack at the hotel’s spectacular Salón La Cristalera, sample the finest Basque cuisine at the Restaurante Carlton and indulge in tapas and cocktails at the Bar El Grill. The hotel also houses a gym and business centre should you require them. Find out more and book your room at the Hotel Carlton .