Bilbao has been a key city in the development of Spain. From its origins as a shipping port, an early economy flourished. Expansion occurred with the mining and exportation of iron. However, this greater metropolis was threatened by an industrial and financial crisis in the 80s. With new investments in a service economy, starting with the Guggenheim Museum, a new wave of culture has created a city ready for the next century. The museum has become an international symbol, leading to many more improvements throughout the city, including a well-connected public transit system.
Connected to this museum’s symbol is the new haute-gastronomic restaurant Nerua. Executive chef Josean Alija hopes his kitchen can also become a symbol in the culinary world. At only a year-old and with a Michelin star already, the future looks bright for this unique restaurant. The open dining concept uses space to create atmospheric effects. Projecting this artistic image is the minimalistic style of Josean. Pure, clean flavors and fresh quality products are the foundations for the artistic food expressions. On the other side of the kitchen wall, Richard Serra’s sculpture The Matter of Time, distorts space and time in one of the museum’s largest rooms.
Although the weather in the north of Spain is very unpredictable, The town of Zumaia is on the coast between Bilbao and San Sebastian. It boasts a dark sandy beach with some spectacular rock formations. The big waves and large caves can be explored when the tide is low.
Enjoyed San Fermin Festival in Pamplona….Everybody tells me it’s their favorite Spanish fiesta!