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Stroll along the Gran Vía of Bilbao (1 hour) :


Cross the bridge and keep walking until you reach the circular square. There you'll find Café La Granja, a cosy and emblematic art nouveau café with free WiFi where you can rest over a coffee or soft drink. From Monday to Saturday, starting at 19:00, they begin serving the legendary "talos": a corn tortilla filled with chorizo, loin, bacon, spicy sausage, belly pork, cheese or chocolate (2€). We recommend the txistorra (spicy sausage)!

Take note in the square of the odd glass structure that covers the exit to the metro. The celebrated architect Norman Foster designed it, and you'll find ones like it throughout the entire city.

If you continue along Gran Vía Don López de Haro and turn right onto Calle Berástegui, you'll come to the lovely Albia Gardens, surrounded by the Palacio de Justicia (law courts) and San Vicente Mártir church. In this square you'll also find the emblematic Café Iruña, an early 20th century cafe whose decor combines bullfighting and Mudejar style. While it used to be very popular among locals, it's losing a lot of customers to more modern places. It's outdoor seating area gets hopping around 19:00 when they start serving "pintxos morunos" (pork kebabs) (2.20€).

Return to Gran Vía and keep walking. Soon you'll come to the Corte Inglés and a cluster of Spanish and international clothing stores (Zara, Mango, Massimo Dutti...).

At the next cross street you'll see, on the left, the bright and colourful Palacio de la Diputación Foral de Vizcaya. After passing it, the cross street is Calle Diputación, a lively street especially during the afternoon and early evening. 

Continue on Gran Vía until Plaza Moyúa, the main square of the city. On the left you'll find the magnificent Carlton Hotel and across the square, with an eye-catching Bolshevik-style decor, the Subdelegación del Gobierno (regional government office). Note the spectacular view of the Iberdrola Tower from the square (at the end of Calle Elcano).