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The capital of Vizcaya in Basque Country, Bilbao is a well-respected and quiet city that lies on the banks of the tidal Nervion River. Its modern metropolitan area has more than a million people, while Bilbao proper still has just less than 400,000 folks living there. Bilbao is a city that you may not consider in a regular Europe tour unless you were really into art and had to visit the Guggenheim Museum. But it is a city you should give consideration if you want a quiet and relaxed city with a stunning landscape. Here is a look at some photos of this Basque beauty. Also Read - Your Ultimate 10-day Eastern Europe Itinerary For Visit to Prague, Budapest And More

Aerial view of Bilbao city downtown with Nervion River, Zubizuri Bridge and promenade

Aerial view of Bilbao, Spain city downtown with a Nevion River, Zubizuri Bridge and promenade. Mountain at the background, clear blue skyAlso Read - These are the 10 best places to visit in Europe according to Lonely Planet

The city hall of Bilbao, located in the center of the city

The city hall of Bilbao, Spain, is located in the center of the city in a beautiful ancient bulding full of details in its facade

Santander train station and its intricate facade

Santander train station located in Bilbao, Spain. June 29, 2017 in Bilbao, Spain

Guggenheim Museum, designed by the famed Frank Gehry

Guggenheim Museum on June 19, 2016 in Bilbao, Spain. This and futuristic museum was designed by Frank Gehry

‘The Spider’, a sculpture by Louise Bourgeois in the Guggenheim Museum

The Spider, sculpture of Louise Bourgeois in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Pedestrian bridge in the city of Bilbao in the province of Biscay, Spain

Pedestrian bridge in the city of Bilbao. Province of Biscay, Spain

Illuminated Salbeko Zubia Bridge over the Nervion River in Bilbao at night

Bilbao, Spain. Illuminated Salbeko zubia Bridge over Nevion River in Bilbao, Spain at night. Lights reflection in the water, buildings at the background and clear dark blue sky

Elevated view of the Basque city of Bilbao illuminated at twilight

Elevated view of the basque city of Bilbao illuminated at twilight

Traditional architecture seen in the city

traditional architecture at bilbao city, spain

A picturesque view of the Old town of Bilbao

Old town of Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain

Sunrise at the Ribera food market in Bilbao

Sunrise at ribera foodmarket in Bilbao, Spain

The staircase and hall of Bidebarrieta public library, a famous library located at old Bilbao

Bidebarrieta public library is a famous library located at old bilbao. The staircase and hall is a amazing architectural work

What does Bilbao have to offer to the curious traveler? There is the artwork of the Guggenheim, of course. And the museum itself is an example of the exquisite architecture of the city. Frank Gehry’s futuristic design remains just as captivating and reality-defying as it did when it was first seen more than 20 years ago. But there are other architectural works of art, like the Zubizuri bridge and the Azkuna Zentroa cultural center, once used to store wines. There is the ancient neo-baroque theater and several incredible cathedrals and that intricate art nouveau-design train station. Those seeking beauty in nature will find plenty in the hills just outside Bilbao and the coastline nearby.