36ºC / 96ºF
With a milder climate than in other major urban centres in Spain and with a fierce Basque identity permeating every part of the city, Bilbao offers a fascinating holiday amid great museums, great people and unique views and experiences. A former industrial town and one of the largest ports in Europe, the city has transformed itself against the threat of decline in shipbuilding and evolved into a cultural hub where design and art attracts thousands of visitors every year. The jewel in the crown of this successful rejuvenation is inarguably the stunning architectural gem that is the Guggenheim Museum, situated right on the banks of the Nervion. Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, it’s one of the largest museums in Spain and features a great number of artworks by Spanish and international artists, one of which is the flower-covered Puppy by Jeff Koons that greets visitors to the museum. Stroll along the riverbank, past some of the curious buildings and bridges found here, cross the beautiful Zubizuri Bridge and then head right until you get to the Plaza del Gas. Here you can scale the hillside to Etxebarria Park, from where you can get a panoramic view of the city below and the rugged mountain ranges that stretch into the Basque hinterland. Catch an underground train back into the centre of the city and get off at the Moyua Station. From the nearby square of the same name, the streets stretch across Bilbao in a linear pattern. Head west to the Museum of Fine Arts and the vast Doña Casilda de Iturrizar Park which expands serenely towards the Maritime Museum. Near the park you’ll also find the San Mames football stadium, where the pride of the region, Athletic Bilbao, plays. Shop along the many streets that lead back to the Federico Moyua Square and then retire to a bar or restaurant for a drink and some local pintxos to round off a day of exploring. Bilbao is a city that is easy to navigate, and as you stroll along the beautiful streets, you’ll find it difficult not to fall head over heels in love with the place.
Permeating every particle of Greek culture is its rich heritage of history and mythology. Regardless of where you choose to holiday in Greece, you’re never far from a place that in one way or another is linked to one of the great gods like Zeus, Aphrodite or Poseidon, or the historical setting of fabled demigods and heroes like Hercules, Perseus and Odysseus.
The Moroccan metropolis is a plethora of colours, tastes, scents and of course sounds. Visiting the city will leave you with an infinity of impressions and regardless of where you move in the centre of Marrakech, you’re never short of new experiences. During your stay in this amazing city, sometimes you’ll need a space where you can just relax and enjoy the silence for a bit. Luckily there are numerous options for you to choose between, and below we have selected four things for you to do when you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the souks.
Every year on the 17th of March the planet glows in a special green hue, in honour of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Throughout the world, millions of people gather to celebrate everything Irish and the most famous festivities take place in New York City, Boston and of course Dublin. With lots of activities and performances taking place during the weekend around St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve chosen some of the main things that you can do, if you find yourself in Dublin during these joyful days. Check out more events here: http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/