Bilbao is the perfect combination of art, food and mountains, as well as having the beach about 10kms away. I booked six nights at the Akelarre hostel as I was supposed to be focusing on a new project I am working on as well as chilling out for a few days. I arrived at 5am and slept on the couch for a little while before the reception opened. As soon as I woke up and checked my bags in I started talking to a few people. I invited some of them to come to the Guggenheim museum with me and ended up spending the next four days with the same guys. The museum was an amazing building with some okay art. It would have been an average visit if not for my new friends and our crazy and funny interpretations of the art.
The old town was really nice in Bilbao and I spent a lot of time there drinking at some cool little bars and eating some great food. The town is not super touristy and so the prices were good. It is also known as one of the best food producing regions in Spain, so the food was super fresh and delicious. The only downside was that it rained every day I was there. This meant that my great idea to go for a walk resulted in myself and my two new friends getting absolutely, soaking wet. We stumbled upon the cable car going down the mountain at the opportune time, when we had stopped finding the rain amusing and were worried about how to get down the mountain without walking among the traffic. I still loved the walk and appreciated a cup of tea after finally getting down the mountain and to a cafe.
While I wanted to spend a few days in San Sebastian, I also didn’t want to move my stuff again as I had started getting a little exhausted of always moving around. The guys I was with wanted to do a day trip which I decided was perfect, so I joined them. This little city is really cool and I can understand why it was recommended to me by so many people. At the same time, there is no way you would find me here in summer when the tourist buses are at an all time high and the city is full. It has a wonderful beach, though I can imagine it would be impossible to get somewhere to swim in peace during summer. It also has a nice mountain and some great cafe’s and bars. This city has a lot of great beer, and even has it’s own brand of beer, “Gross”. We decided to do some bar hopping as it was raining, though every bar we went to was closed and so we went for more coffee’s than beers in the end.
My new friends left the next day to go home, making me think I would get a lot done. I did for half a day and then made a new friend who loved trekking, and was vegetarian. Perfect! So we went walking on the Camino de Santiago for one day. This brought us to the Vizcaya bridge, a crazy bridge which has a cab hanging off of it. This then glides along the river hanging from the bridge. It was the most unusual bridge I have ever seen. From here we went for a walk along the port, which was freezing in howling wind and freezing rain. I really love walking so I didn’t mind, and it was great to see another part of Bilbao.