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Planning a short break to Bilbao? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Bilbao. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Bilbao. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Guggenheim Museum

The museum is located in Calle Abandoibarra 2 and the latest and biggest attraction in Bilbao. The museum is home to artworks ranging from artists who boomed in the latter part of the 20th century. These include artists such as Picasso, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Clyfford Still, Antoni Tapies, Andy Warhol, Ives Klein, and Willem de Koonig.

The museum also features a library which specialises in 20th century art and is open to the public. The trading hours of the library are Tue - Thu 10am - 2pm and 3:30pm - 6:30pm.

The museum is closed on Monday's, and opens on Tue - Sun 10:00am - 8:00pm. Admission costs are as follows, Adults $12, Seniors and Students $7.3, Children under 12yrs have free entry.

For more information visit www.guggenheim-bilbao.es

Museo a Euska Museo Vasco

Located in Plaza Miguel de Unamuno 4. The Museum of Archaeology of Bizkaia and Basque Ethnography took its first breath in 1921. It is located in an Baroque-style building and was originally intended to house a church as well as a Jesuit school.

Visitors can expect to see exhibits which showcase Basque life during the 16th century, as well as rooms illustrating political and social life and circumstances. The museum also features exhibits of gravestones, shipbuilding tools, pottery and heraldry.

Open hours Tue - Sat 11am - 5pm and Sun 11am - 2pm. Admission cost is $3.6 for Adults and $1.8 for Children over 10.

Museo de Bellas Artes

The museum is located in Plaza del Museo 2, and is considered one of Spain's most important art museums. The museum is home to magnificent artworks and sculptures, both modern and medieval and specialises particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum contains works from famous artist such as Gauguin, Picasso, Leger, Sorolla, and Mary Cassatt.

The museum is surrounded by stunning English-inspired gardens, which make the visit even more worth while.

Admission cost for Adults and Children over 10yrs is $5.5 and $3.6 for Students and Seniors. The museum is open Tue - Sat 10am - 8pm and Sun 10am -2pm.

Hotel Lopez de Haro

The hotel is situated on Obispo Orueta 2-4. It is the ultimate palace of pleasure in luxury accommodation. The hotel features 53 bedrooms, including suites and visitors have the choice to stay on a smoking or non-smoking floor. The rooms are equipped with individual air-conditioners and heaters with thermostatic controls, Satellite TV, a minibar, a radio, a direct telephone line and a safe. What makes the rooms the ultimate luxury experience is probably the fully equipped marble bathroom.

The hotel also houses a lovely restaurant and bar, as well as room service, a baby-sitting service and a laundry and dry cleaning service.

For further information visit their website on www.hotellopezdeharo.com

Barcelo Hotel Avineda

The hotel is situated Zumalacarregui 40, a bit of a distance away from the rustling and bustling of the town - here visitors will experience the luxury of peace and quiet. The rooms are elegant, yet simple and are equipped with all luxury equipment which is expected from a hotel of its kind. Visitors are spoilt with comfortable rooms that feature an air-conditioner, Satellite TV, Pay-Per-View movies, a Play Station, a minibar, a safe and a fully equipped bathroom. All the rooms are outward facing, ensuring the most magnificent views of the city.

The hotel is equipped with a beautiful restaurant which offers the most delicious meals. The hotel also features a Cybercorner which is equipped with Internet services, a telephone, fax machine, photocopier and a laserprinter.

For more information, visit the hotel's website on www.bchoteles.com

Gran Hotel Ercilla

The hotel is located in the heart of Bilbao's business district and soars high above all the other buildings in the area. The hotel has become one of Bilbao's most desirable hotels, featuring 228 double rooms, 117 single rooms, 6 mini-suites, and 3 suites. All the rooms are equipped with luxury equipment such as air-conditioning, a direct telephone line, piped music, a minibar, a safe and a TV featuring 18 channels. All the rooms have beautiful spacious full bathrooms.

The hotel also has a restaurant, bar, room service and babysitting service available.

Visitors wanting more information on the hotel can visit their website on www.hotelercilla.es

Club Nautico

Situated inside the Hotel Lopez de Haro. If ultimate dining elegance is what you seek - here is where you'll find it. The restaurant offers a formal table setting, featuring the finest china, silverware and crystal crockery and cutlery. The house chef, Alberto Velez, is one of the most publicized culinary luminaries in Spain and his specialities include dishes such as artichokes stuffed with foie gras, poached eggs with beluga caviar brimmed with oyster sauce, fresh lobster sauteed with artichokes and balsamic vinegar and baked sea bass with bearnaise sauce.

The restaurant is open Mon - Sat 8:30am - 11:30pm. Reservations are recommended to avoid disappointment due to a full restaurant. Reservations can be made by contacting the restaurant on Tel: 94-423-55-00.

Zortziko

One of Bilbao's finest kitchens is located in Alameda de Mazarredo 17. The restaurant is open Tue - Sat 9am -11:30pm. The restaurant features a formal environment and is covered in late Victorian style furnishing and has become a favourite spot for business lunches. The restaurant features one of the most unusual and unique dining areas, which is usually booked days in advance. For diners who appreciate the sense of being surrounded by valuable vintages have the opportunity to dine in the wine cellar, which features only one exclusive table.

The mouth-watering menu features delicious traditional Basque dishes such as pigeon breast or sea bass marinated and roasted in red Rioja wine.

Matxinbenta

The restaurant is located in Ladesma 26 and has become one of the most popular restaurants serving the finest Basque food, since it opened its doors in the early 1950's. The restaurant features three dining rooms, fitted with extravagant contemporary furniture, potted plants, and a lot of wood.

The service at the restaurant is excellent and the staff are extremely friendly, making visitors feel right at home. Their specialities include dishes such as fresh tuna in piquant tomato sauce and a local version of ratatouille known as piperada. The many also features a delicious range of cocktails, the most popular being mint-flavoured fresh-fruit cocktail.

Open Mon - Sat 8:00am -11:30pm. Due to the fact that the restaurant is very popular and tends to get pretty full, reservations are required and can be made by contacting them on Tel: 94-424-84-95.

Etxanobe

The restaurant is situated inside the Palacio Euskalduna and has become one of the hottest post-modern choice restaurants in Bilbao. The restaurant features two dining rooms, as well as a dining terrace which offers the most exuberant views of the estuary and the Guggenheim Museum. The restaurant offers an a la carte menu, as well as some delicious starters.

Visitors are assured to be treated to delicious food made only of the freshest ingredients and handled with precision and skill. Some of the delights which are on offer on the menu are carpaccio of Norway lobster with a vinaigrette of smoked bacon, and roast squab on a compote of olives.

Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the restaurant on 94-442-10-23. Trading hours are Mon - Sat 8:30am - 11:30pm.

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