Our hike from Albergue Gerekiz into Bilbao on Friday was long and challenging, but what a gorgeous city to enter on foot. We could see the full expanse of the city below as we exited the forest. Little did we know that we would walk miles – and see the striking beauty of Frank Gerry’s Guggenheim along the waterfront- before we arrived at our albergue. A full 9.5 hours and 15.5 miles after leaving Albergue Gerekiz in the fog at 8:30 a.m.
By the time we arrived at 6:30 p.m., we had missed the albergue’s reception time. So getting the entry codes and finding our beds was extra special. But these hassles were easily overlooked knowing we had the entire day following to explore Bilbao.
What you’ll see below is a pictorial account of a grand walking tour of the center city that was highlighted by a lovely lunch and our time at the Guggenheim. Barry’s favorite part of Bilbao was seeing all the people out and about enjoying their cosmopolitan city. Mine was the expansive physical experience of being within the grand Guggenheim architecture. And the Miro exhibit deserves a place in our favorites as well.