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    Brief overview Bilbao

    For years Bilbao never dreamed of stepping out of the shadow of its Basque neighbour, the seaside city of San Sebastián. Then came the Guggenheim Museum in 1997, one of the world’s most awe-inspiring feats of architecture like the wreckage of a titanium spacecraft washed up on the Bay of Biscay. The swathes of tourists that came to see it helped

    produce a stunning metamorphosis of Bilbao from dreary post-industrial port town to an international art beacon. Galleries and stylish hotels have opened out of the cocoon, and the city can even now claim restaurants to match those of Michelin-beleaguered San Sebastián.

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    Guggenheim museum

    Avenida Abandoibarra 2
    48009 Bilbao
    Spain
    Tel: +34 94 435 9000
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-2000

    Giant metal fish, reclining titan, space dock – the Guggenheim is different things to different people. Much credited with putting Bilbao on the map, Frank Gehry’s incredible titanium building is as impressive as any of the contemporary art inside.

    Museo de Bellas Artes

    Museo Plaza 2
    48009 Bilbao
    Spain
    Tel: +34 94 439 6060
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1000-0800

    Before the Guggenheim, Bilbao already boasted one of the best galleries in Spain with pieces by El Greco, Goya, Cézanne, Diego Velázquez, Zurbarán and Basque stars such as Jorge Oteiza.

    Museo Vasco

    Plaza Unamuno 4, Casco Viejo
    48006 Bilbao
    Spain
    Tel: +34 94 415 5423
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1100-1700
    Sun 1100-1400

    The Basque Country boasts a proud identity, as celebrated in this museum which explores the history and culture of the Basque in a 16th-century convent.

    Puente de Vizcaya

    Barria 3, Las Arenas
    48930 Bilbao
    Spain
    Tel: +34 94 480 1012
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    Built in 1893, Vizcaya is the first transporter bridge in the world, connecting affluent Las Arenas with the traditionally working-class neighbourhood of Portugalete. Its iconic towers and cables have made it the first Basque entry onto the UNESCO World Heritage List.

    Museo Marítimo Ría de Bilbao

    Muelle Ramón de la Sota 1
    48013 Bilbao
    Spain
    Tel: +34 946 08 55 00
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1800
    Sat-Sun 1000-2000

    Fitting in well with Bilbao’s roster of space-age museums, this sleek maritime number documents Bilbao’s mighty seafaring history, with docked vessels for visitors to clamber aboard.

    Mercado de la Ribera

    Calle de la Ribera 20, Casco Viejo
    48005 Bilbao
    Spain
    Tel: +34 94 602 3791
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thurs 0800-1900
    Fri 0800-1930
    Sat 0830-1430

    Just as the Guggenheim seems to be about to embark down the River Nervion, this colossal market venue seems to be ready for the ocean, playfully designed by Pedro Ispizua.

    Funicular de Artxanda

    Plaza del Funicular
    48007 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0715-2200
    Sun 0815-2300

    For the city’s best views, take the funicular up the hills of Artxanda, which was built in 1915.

    Parque de Doña Casilda de Iturrizar

    José Anselmo Clavé Pasealekua
    48009 Bilbao, Bizkaia ‎
    Spain
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    Named after a philanthropic 19th-century matron who established it, this green haven amidst the urban jungle is full of fountains, ducks and a wide range of trees.

    Alhondiga

    Plaza Arriquibar 4
    48010 Bilbao
    Spain
    Tel: +34 944 01 40 14
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    In another mark of Bilbao’s advancement, this former 1909 wine warehouse is now an exciting centre for culture and sports designed by Philippe Starck.

    Parque Etxebarria

    Avenue Zumalacárregui
    48006 Bilbao
    Spain
    Tel: +34 944 79 57 60
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    Formerly home to a steel mill, this pleasant green space is still dominated by a solitary red chimney soaring into the sky.

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    Country overview

    From sizzling cuisine and riotous fiestas to cutting-edge contemporary art, age-old museums and a palpitating beach culture, Spain sure packs a punch. It’s feisty, sexy and extremely hot – almost like a sensual flamenco dancer who captivates with her mesmerising moves. Whether you are a culture vulture, history buff or beach bum, it’s almost inevitable that with Spain, it’ll be love at first sight.

    As versatile as a chameleon, Spain’s multifaceted personality is further highlighted by different corners of the country: from the golden sun-kissed shores of Costa del Sol to the snow-lathered peaks of the Pyrénées; from the futuristic architecture of Valencia to the medieval towns of Catalonia; from the expansive boulevards of cosmopolitan Madrid to the rural countryside of Galicia.

    Geography

    Spain shares the Iberian Peninsula with its smaller neighbour, Portugal, and is bordered to the northeast by the Pyrenees mountain range that cuts across France and Andorra. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Spain has numerous stretches of coastline that are extremely crowded especially in summer.

    Spain has two main groups of islands that are popular with tourists: the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera) located 193km (120 miles) southeast of Barcelona, and the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa (mainly Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and La Palma). Located in continental Africa, the tiny enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla also form a part of Spain.

    Mainland Spain is the second highest and most mountainous country in Europe, with an average height of 610m (2,000ft). The Pyrenees stretch roughly 400km (249 miles) from the Basque Country’s Atlantic coast.

    In places the peaks rise to over 1,524m (5,000ft), the highest point being 3,404m (11,169ft).

    The main physical feature of Spain is the vast central plateau, or meseta, divided by several chains of sierras. The higher northern area includes Castile and León and the southern section comprises Castile-La Mancha and Extremadura. In the south, the high plains rise further at the Sierra Morena before falling abruptly at the great valley of the Guadalquivir.

    Southeast of Granada is the Sierra Nevada, which runs parallel to the Mediterranean. Its summit Mulhacen, at 3,718m (12,198ft), is the highest point on the Spanish peninsula. The highest peak in Spain is the Pico del Teide on Tenerife in the Canaries, measuring a height of 3,718m (12,198ft).

    General Information

    Key facts

    Population: 47370542

    Population Density (per sq km): 94

    Capital: Madrid.

    Language

    The official language is Spanish (Castilian). Other languages spoken in the first language in Spain include Euskera (in Basque Country, northeastern Spain), Catalan (in Eastern Spain, with variations spoken in Valencia and the Balearics) and Galician (in the northwest). There are also various regional dialects, but you’ll have no problems getting around Spain with knowledge of Castilian Spanish. English is not commonly used, so be sure to pick up some basic Spanish words before your trip.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are in use.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents (céntimos). Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    General business opening hours

    In Barcelona, Seville and Granada, business hours are generally 0800/0900-1800/1900, with an extended lunch break from 1330-1500/1600. In Santiago de Compostela and Malaga, office hours are generally 0900-1400 and 1700-2000. Banks and government offices open only in the morning.

    In Madrid, standard business hours are Monday to Friday 0900-1400 and 1600-1900, although 0800-1500 is quite common during summer. Larger companies and multinationals, however, are increasingly working through the day, in line with the rest of Europe

    Country overview

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    Note: Additional dates are celebrated as regional public holidays.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Epiphany: 06. January 2014
    Day of the Balearic Islands: 01. March 2014
    St Joseph’s Day: 19. March 2014
    Maundy Thursday: 17. April 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Assumption: 15. August 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2014
    Constitution Day: 06. December 2014
    Immaculate Conception: 08. December 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Epiphany: 06. January 2015
    Day of the Balearic Islands: 01. March 2015
    St Joseph’s Day: 19. March 2015
    Maundy Thursday: 02. April 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    National Day: 12. October 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Constitution Day: 06. December 2015
    Immaculate Conception: 08. December 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2015

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Bilbao boasts a world-class transport system with tram, metro and buses. The metro (www.metrobilbao.com) covers most of the city’s key areas. The impressive tram system stretches through the Basque Country with intercity routes and is inexpensive (www.euskotren.es). Opt for the Bilbao Card, which serves as a pass for all transports and offers a discount to the city’s museums.

    Taxis

    A compact city with excellent public transport, Bilbao will give little cause for ordering a taxi. If it’s too hot to walk, however, they’re easily hailed in the street. Book in advance through Radio Taxi (tel: 94 444 8888).

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    Nightlife in Bilbao
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    Bilbao’s nightlife revolves around its Pintxo culture, with a bite and a beer in an old-style bar often proliferating into the early hours.

    There are some good live music options in the culturally revived city, and a few late-night venues.

    Cotton Club

    Gregorio de la Revilla 25
    48010 Bilbao
    Spain
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    In the heart of trendy Indautcu, this popular bar features live music, DJs and an often-packed dance floor.

    Teatro Arriaga Antzokia

    Plaza Arriaga, 1
    48005 Bilbao
    Spain
    Tel. +34 944 79 20 36
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    Worth visiting just to see the breathtaking neo-baroque architecture, this prestigious venue offers opera, ballet and more.

    Kafe Antzokia

    Calle San Vicente 2
    48001 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Restored from an old theatre in 1995, this polymath of a venue puts on Basque and international artists, children’s theatre and weekend club nights.

    La Compañia del Ron

    Calle de Máximo Aguirre 23
    48011 Bilbao
    Spain
    Tel.: +34 944 79 20 36
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    Boasting a formidable range of rums from around the globe, this narrow bar is popular with locals.

    El Globo

    Diputación 8
    48008 Bilbao
    Spain
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    A relaxed, friendly bar in the city centre, El Globo is known for its excellent Pintxos and wines.

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    Restaurants in Bilbao
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    Bilbao specialises in Pintxo – a Basque form of bite-size tapas that can be found in classic bars around the Old Town and beyond.

    But the city has also tried to keep pace with the culinary conquest of neighbouring San Sebastián, with some world-class restaurants.

    Yandiola

    Plaza Arriquibar 4
    48010 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Price: Expesnive

    Inside the cultural hub that is Alhondiga lies this slick restaurant with dishes such as delicious medallions of monkfish in a broth of spider crab and crustaceans.

    Zortziko

    Alameda de Mazarredo 17
    48001 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Price: Expensive

    This Michelin-starred restaurant features a nine-course tasting menu that shows off the best of its creative dishes.

    Nerua

    Avenida Abandoibarra 2
    48009 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Price: Expensive

    Josea Alija’s gastronomically scintillating menu leans on vegetables and un-glitzy-looking dishes – the glory is reserved for their extraordinary tastes.

    Café Iruña

    Calle Colón de Larreátegui
    48001 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Price: Cheap

    One of the city’s most legendary bars, Café Iruña started serving its fantastic food in 1903 and is still going strong.

    Café Bar Bilbao

    Plaza Nueva 6
    48005 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Price: Cheap

    Dealing in classic Pintxos such as marinated cod and grilled squid, this cheerful café dates back to 1911.

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    Bilbao Art District

    18 June – 12 September 2014
    Website

    Venue: Maritime Museum, the Paseo Abandoibarra, Albia Gardens and Colón de Larreategui.

    The prominence of the Guggenheim Museum has turned Bilbao onto art, and thousands of visitors flock to the city each year to see artistic works of genius and creative masterpieces. The Bilbao Art District feeds off that and turns a number of roads between the Maritime Museum and the Paseo Abandoibarra into an open-air gallery of sculptures and artwork. What’s more, the city’s creative streak continues as music, dance and theatre gets thrown into the mix.

    Aste Nagusia

    16 – 24 August 2015 (To be confirmed)
    Website

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    Bilbao’s main fiesta, a celebration of Basque heritage, is marked by famous bullfights, firework displays and a lively street atmosphere. Free open-air music concerts are usually included in the programme too. Nervión River is the site of many flotillas and regattas, but the real spectacle is the strongman contest, where men compete in some of the most unusual strength competitions you can think of. Witness wood-chopping races and primal lifting events or, best of all, see grown men trying to dig holes in granite with steel javelins. Shops close down as the fiesta runs all night for nine days.

    Bilbao Night Marathon

    18 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: The course is across Bilbao.

    Test your legs (and your eyesight) by taking part in the Bilbao Night Marathon. Usually setting off from the Guggenheim Museum, there are three routes to test the mettle of amateur runners from across the globe. Set the pace with a 10km (6 mile) race, pick it up a level with the 21km (13 miles) half marathon, or try finish the 42km (26 miles), full marathon course. Runners must register to take part.

    Euskalgym International Gymnastics Gala

    8 November 2014
    Website

    Venue: Bilbao Arena.

    This international gymnastics gala welcomes top athletes from around the world for a day-long rhythmic gymnastics competition. Over 5,000 fans are expected to fill the Bilbao Arena to watch troupes and solo competitors attempt to leap, balance and pirouette their way from the floor to the podium.

    Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films

    14 – 21 November 2011
    Website

    Venue: Arriaga Theatre and various cinemas across Bilbao.

    Bilbao’s film festival has been organised annually since the 1950s. The screenings come under Spanish films, documentary, fiction and animation and are held over several days in the Arriaga Theatre on the Plaza Arriaga. Even the most seasoned cinema buff will struggle to get through all of the screenings though, with well over 3,000 flicks getting shown over the week.

    St Thomas Day

    21 December 2014

    Venue: El Arenal and Plaza Nueva.

    St Thomas Day is a great gastronomic feast in Bilbao for both the eyes and the belly. Traditional products from the region’s rural areas are displayed across more than 300 stalls from early morning until late into the evening. Visitors can buy or taste delicious dishes, eating their way through everything from cheese and cakes to sausages and vegetables, usually washed down with ciders and the local wine known as txakoli.

    St Blas

    3 – 12 February 2015

    Venue: San Nicolás.

    For those feeling a little under the weather, St Blas may be the place to cure all illnesses – of the throat at least. This quirky tradition sees hundreds of people seek cures from colds, tonsillitis and other throat-related ailments by wearing a blessed necklace from St Blas around their neck for nine days. This celebration is centred at San Nicolás Church, but visitors can pick up rosquillas (ring-shaped pastries) and marshmallow sweets from the street stalls that pitch up during the festivities as well.

    Bilbao Triathlon

    23 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    Watch the streets of Bilbao and its river come to life as nearly 1,000 competitors vie for a medal at the middle-distance Bilbao Triathlon. This annual contest sees participants try and outdo one another as they swim some 1,900m (6,234 ft) along the river, before jumping on two wheels for a 145km (90 mile) bike race and a finishing with 21km (34 mile) running contest. What’s more, there are a number of preliminary events to get triathlon fans in the mood beforehand.

    White Night

    14 June 2015

    Venue: Various, Bilbao.

    Celebrating the founding of the city, White Night (Noche Blanca) is an annual festive affair that pulls together an extensive programme of art, theatre, music, literature and light shows all across Bilbao. It’s an entertaining combination of the artistic and the historical, which perfectly sums up the buzzing port.

    Bilboko Kalealdia

    1 – 5 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Gran Vía and the Old Quarter.

    Signalling the start of summer, Bilboko Kalealdia is a street theatre and performing arts festival that runs along Gran Vía, the main road in Bilbao, and in the city’s Old Quarter. Each year the streets come to life with everything from contemporary dance and circus acts to aerial acrobatics and puppet shows. The event runs through the evening and into the warm, Spanish night.

    Bilbao BBK Live

    10 – 12 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Recinto Kobetamendi.

    Bilbao’s famous rock festival comes to town every July and for three days the open-air venue of Recinto Kobetamendi explodes into action. With the good and the great of the guitar scene lining up alongside a flurry of newbies and a few choice electronic acts, visitors can expect bookings as big as previous headliners: Depeche Mode, The Prodigy, Coldplay and KISS. Check the website for the current line-up.

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    Fast evolving as a city destination over the last decade, Bilbao’s hotel list has increased, with many attempting to harness the city’s new artistic vigour.

    And yet its striking new luxury hotels and boutiques generally offer great value for money.

    Silken Grand Hotel Domine Bilbao

    Alameda de Mazarredo 61
    48009 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Category: Expensive

    Ideally located opposite the Guggenheim, the 145-room hotel is one of the Silken chain’s flagships, with a selection of 20th-century furniture on display in homage to the museum.

    Miró

    Alameda Mazarredo 77
    48009 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Category: Expensive

    Opened by Spanish fashion designer Antonio Miró, this minimalist hotels overlooks Abandoibarra Park and boasts a great cocktail bar.

    Carlton 

    Plaza Federico Moyúa 2
    48009 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Category: Moderate

    Set in a neoclassical house built in 1919, the Carlton is a throwback to a classy past with marble floors, chandeliers and an impressive atrium.

    Tryp Arenal 

    Calle los Fueros 2
    48005 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Category: Cheap

    In the middle of the Old Town and in a handsome historic building, this elegant hotel has a good kitchen with traditional Basque menu.

    Hesperia Bilbao

    Campo Volantin 28
    48005 Bilbao
    Spain
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    Category: Cheap

    A boutique property overlooking the river and built in 2005, Hesperia is bright, colourful and fun.

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    Climate and best time to visit Bilbao

    There’s no bad time to visit the Basque city of Bilbao. Rich in architecture and modern museums, there’s plenty of sightseeing to be done in the architecturally astounding capital of Biscay. Summer temperatures can be too high for some. Spring and autumn are warm without there being oppressive heat. Visit Bilbao in early September for the Basque Country Tango Fest, or in July for the popular rock festival, BBK Live.

    Climate & best time to visit Spain

    Spain’s climate varies from temperate in the north to dry and hot in the south. As it is a big country with varying terrain and altitudes, climate can be extremely distinctive from one corner to another. Overall, the coastal regions in the South and Eastern parts of Spain are excellent to visit all year round thanks to the Mediterranean climate (mild temperatures and long days). Northern Spain generally experiences colder temperatures than the South, while Central Spain stays hot and dry due to its location on a plateau.

    The best time to visit depends on the region and type of travel experience you’re seeking. For a beach vacation, the best months for guaranteed sunshine are June to August. Naturally, these are also the busiest months for tourism along the coast and on the Spanish islands, so be prepared for high prices and crowds. If you’re looking to escape the crowds, head inland to cities like Seville, Madrid and Granada where temperatures are sizzling but streets are empty.

    The shoulder season for travel in Spain is usually late spring and autumn: from April to end of May and October to November. These are when tourist destinations are least crowded and weather is still pleasant. January to February is the best time to ski, as snow is ample and the sun is shining. Especially in the Sierra Nevada, the sun can be quite overwhelming even in the snow – come prepared with snow goggles and sunscreen.

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    Dialing Code: +34

    Telephone

    Most telephone boxes require telephone cards that can be purchased in grocery stores. Call centres and internet cafés allow you to call overseas at a lower rate. Area codes are incorporated within a nine digit number dialled from wherever you are. Emergency calls: 112.

    Mobile Telephone

    Coverage is good throughout most of the country. It is relatively easy to get a mobile phone to use temporarily in Spain. Most service providers like Vodafone, Orange and Telefonica offer prepaid SIM cards (that include data roaming). Spanish mobile numbers begin with 6.

    Internet

    Internet cafés are available in most urban areas in Spain, and wireless access is widespread in cafés and hotels. It is generally easy to find good and fast connections throughout Spain. Most hotels and airports in Spain offer Wi-Fi access.

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    Shopping in Bilbao
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    Key Areas

    Head to the streets in Casco Viejo for a range of interesting boutiques. The main thoroughfare of Gran Via features some larger shops, while high-end brands can be found on Plaza Moyúa.

    Markets

    Apart from the jaw-dropping Mercado de la Ribera, which has its roots in a 14th-century market and focuses on locally

    produced meats and vegetables, there is a fantastic fleamarket on Sundays in Casco Viejo with everything from records and books to caged birds on sale.

    Shopping Centres

    The enormous mall of Zubiarte (Calle Lehendakari Leizaola 2) features countless shops, restaurants and a cinema. Overlooking the river, it was designed by Robert Stern and is an impressive addition to the city’s progressive architecture.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Spanish life has undergone rapid change in recent decades and stricter religious customs have been superseded by more modern ways, particularly in the cities and among women. In spite of this, traditions remain strong; hospitality, chivalry and courtesy thrive. Handshaking is the customary form of greeting between men, while women (outside of a business context) are greeted with a fleeting kiss to either cheek (left then right).

    Spaniards eat late; lunch around 1400-1530; the evening meal 2100-2300.

    The Spanish have two family names; the maternal surname follows the paternal, but is rarely used outside a formal context. Smoking is banned in offices, shops, schools, hospitals, cultural centres and on public transport. Bars and restaurants must declare whether they permit or prohibit smoking. The vast majority have opted for the former, though large restaurants are obliged by law to have a substantial non-smoking section.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Food in Spain is generally safe to eat. Most restaurants and bars adhere to a certain standard of hygiene. For those with sensitive stomachs, try to avoid street food, such as churros, kebabs and jacket potatoes. These are usually sold in small street-side stores especially in big cities like Madrid and Barcelona. Other foods to look out for include seafood that might not be fresh and sandwiches and omelettes that might have been left out for too long. Tapas bars may sometimes serve foods that have been kept overnight, so be careful what you eat.

    Foods sold in local markets are generally fresh and affordable. If you’re extremely careful about what you eat, these are the best places to look for clean and fresh produce. Tap water in Spain is safe to drink but some complain that tap water in Ibiza can be quite salty and  has an unpleasant taste so it is generally recommended to drink bottled water. Tap water is suitable for washing, brushing teeth, etc. Bottled and mineral water are easily available throughout the country and can be found in supermarkets and grocery stores.

    Other Risks

    In mid-summer temperatures can reach over 40°C and heat-related risks are high. Be sure to drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol, wear strong sunscreen and cover your skin with a hat and loose clothing. If partaking in hiking, cycling or other outdoor activities avoid the midday hours and limit exercise to early mornings or late evenings.

    The national police have set up a telephone hotline for tourists to use in non-emergencies. Those who wish to report a crime such as theft or lost property should call 902 102 112; callers can speak German, English, French or Italian. On islands such as Ibiza be aware that alcohol and drugs are prevalent. Stay hydrated when consuming alcohol and be aware that spirit measurements are generous. Taking drugs is illegal and drug dealing is dealt with very severely by the local police and courts. Every year accidents happen in resorts with holidaymakers falling from hotel balconies, often when under the influence of alcohol. Take care on hotel balconies at all times and avoid excessive drinking.

    In Mallorca in late summer waves of jellyfish can make an appearance, and while these are not deadly, they can give a very painful sting.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Jon Ander Dr. Bilbao
    Clinica San Sebastian
    Rafaela Ibarra 25
    48014 Bilbao
    (Deusto)
    Spain
    Tel. +34-94-4755000

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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