Weekend in the Basque Country
Our next destination was the Funicular to see the town from above.
Riding the Funicular
Up we went and halfway we met the other funicular coming down. Jerome liked to stand right behind the conductor’s cubicle, pretending to be the driver, while we enjoyed the view.
We got lucky, it stopped raining and could enjoy the view over the mountains in the distance,
the town and Guggenheim museum.
The two boys hid behind a sculpture in the park.
Right next to the station was a fun skate park, wish I would have known that before. I’m sure Jerome would have enjoyed having a break from exploring.
On our way back down.
We strolled through alleys, passed little shops one can’t seem to find in London anymore and had some sugary treats. We had never seen such a huge doughnut before, it literally was the size of a cake.
We passed reminders of the industrial past (myself a huge fan of anything concrete or brutalist, the boys less so),
and grand old buildings like the train station and opera house.
We stopped for lunch to feed our moaning stomachs at Txoco Restaurant with some local tapas.
I guess if it rains even the washing needs an umbrella.
I’m glad I brought these boots with me, otherwise I would have wet feet by now and that would have totally spoilt the day. After walking for hours through the old town we headed back to the hotel to rest before going out for dinner. Sadly our dinner reservation was cancelled but we got seats on the bar in Txcook to taste more of the local food.
Visiting the Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum was the first thing on our list for Sunday. On the way to the entrance we passed Jerome’s favourite exhibit, the flower Puppy dog by Jeff Koons. In fact there is a lot of art that can be engaging for children and adults alike, even for those who don’t have a lot of understanding of art in general.
The current exhibition was by Andy Warhol “Shadows”
Jerome had fun playing shadow games.
Pintxos for Lunch
The Puente Bizkaya
Jerome has always shown a huge interest in any kind of transport vehicle and therefore we headed for the Puente Bizkaya (Vizcaya Bridge), the first transporter bridge in the world and an UNESCO heritage site. On the way we passed the suburbs of Bilbao, all the way down to the seaside towns of Portugalete and Las Arenas. If you don’t have a car, you also have the possibility to go by train or metro, only a 30mins ride from the centre of Bilbao.
The Nerivon River
Crossing to Las Arenas
Beach at Getxo
We still had a few ours left and decided to find a cafe along the beach near Getxo. Wish the weather would have been better as I would have loved to explore this little seaside village with it’s cute houses and fishing boats.
Despite the weather we had a great time in Bilbao. We would love to come back and stay in San Sebastian next time. Bilbao is a good place to come with kids of all ages, getting around is very easy, everything can pretty much be covered by foot or if the weather is warmer and less rainy by bike. Having a car was very cheap, less than two taxis into town from the airport.