Bilbao and Ferrol
Travelling to Spain? Most people head to the Mediterranean coast with its famous resorts and beaches or inland to the capital of Madrid. But Spain also has a northern coast on the Bay of Biscay, a body of water between it and France, and opening to the wide Atlantic on the west.
Two cities visited by cruise ships in this area are Bilbao and Ferrol. Odds are you may have heard of one or the other but probably not both. So what do you have to see there on a port day?
Bilbao is a large city of about a million citizens tucked in the corner of the Bay and your introduction to the Basque area of Spain. It is largely industrialized, a typical major shipping port. What you should not miss here is the Guggenheim Museum – even if you are not interested in art – as the architecture of this building is quite unique. It is the creation of Canadian Frank Gehry. Surrounding the building itself are the works of others incorporating statues such as Louise Bougeois’ “spider” and water displays/fountains.