Best 5 Basque Country Museums for your trip

In the Basque Country, there are many places to see. But everytime a traveller asks me for advise which museums to see for their first time visit, I recommend them these:

A. Bilbao Guggenheim Museum I am making so many tours inside this building and still nowadays, I discover corners, angles of incredible beauty. The light filtering by the windows, the curves in the fachade, or the children taking part of the museum activities... On a more artistical point of view, the high quality permanent exhibit and temporary exhibits are also worthy to see (check on my monthly agenda for the exhibit running during your stay in Bilbao). I can stay hours seeing different details and the perfect use of spaces and materials both inside and outside the building. It is normally closed on Mondays, except on Summer, when the doors are open to public the whole week.

B. Bilbao Fine Arts Museum "Museo de Bellas Artes" This is a true hidden gem in Bilbao. Not many visitors of Bilbao arrive here, but it is really worthy. A nice travel on painting and sculpture from 12th Century in Spain and Europe (with works from Sorolla, El Greco, Gaugan, Tapies, Goya... and also from internationally recognized Basque artists such as Zuloaga, Chillida, Oteiza...

C. Playing Cards Museum of Vitoria In the Palace of Bendana, in the Medieval City Center of Vitoria-Gasteiz you can see the surprising Playing Cards Museum. One of the most important collections of playing cards in the world. With some of the oldests playing cards preserved in the world. And other interesting pieces. A really off the beaten track place even not known by many Basques.

D. Cristobal Balenciaga Museum This Museum, in the gorgeous town of Getaria, is a nice honor to one of the most prominent fashion designer in the 20th Century, born in this fishermen village.

E. Loizaga Tower and the Miguel de la Via Collection Only 30 km from Bilbao (18 miles) you can find this nice collection of old cars. The only one in Europe that has every single Rolls Royce model ever produced from 1910 to 1998. And all of them beautifully preserved (I can warrantee that).

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Enjoy the Basque Country!