Beauty of the Basque Country

I have will be staying for the next two weeks with family friends (my old host family) in Bilbao as well as their small house in the rural town of San Andres in the Rioja.

The moment I arrived in Bilbao, it was fiesta time. Adrian, my friend, had me off and running. I had little time to see the city…during the day. The morning, and truthfully most of the afternoon, was spent sleeping and recovering from the night of partying. So when we got up relatively (I say that loosely) early and were able to see the city and its surrounding areas before sundown, I was happy.

Puente Colgando

We flew by the Guggenheim (I’ve been there before), and made our way to the The Vizcaya Bridge (Bizkaiko Zubia in Basque) which is also commonly called Puente Colgante (hanging bridge). It is a transporter bridge that links the towns of Portugalete and Las Arenas (part of Getxo) in the Biscay province of Spain, crossing the of the Ibaizabal River. It is the world’s oldest transporter bridge and was built in 1893, designed by Elissague and Alberto Palacio, one of Gustave Eiffel’s disciples.

La Playa

In another part of Getxo, we made our way to the beach and the cliffs overlooking the bay. It was beautiful, and I was able to enjoy my first cerveza watching the sunset over the water.

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