For a vacation that gives you the best of Spain, but with a unique twist, take a trip to the Basque Country, located on the Bay of Biscay, right next to the French border. Flights to Bilbao will give you access to this autonomous region in northern Spain that is distinctly Spanish while retaining its own strong identity. You'll fly into Bilbao Airport (BIO), just nine miles north of this city of wonderful contrasts between Spanish and Basque, and the old and the new.
Staying in a hotel near Bilbao Airport is ideal if you want to have access to both the city and the nearby coast, and the traffic around the airport is lighter than in the city itself. There are several major car rental companies with counters at the airport, so getting hold of a ride is easy. If you'll be spending your time exploring the attractions within the city, you can get there by taxi or shuttle. Taxis can be hailed in front of the terminal building, or booked in advance online. There's a regular shuttle that runs every half hour from early morning until late at night, directly to the heart of Bilbao at Federico Moyúa Plaza. One of the highlights of the city is the Guggenheim Museum, a treasure trove of modern art. For older and local pieces, head to the Fine Arts Museum. Ask at your hotel in Bilbao for deals on combined tickets to Bilbao museums and public transport. The Old Town, Casco Viejo, is a showcase of Basque architecture and tradition, and is full of great bars and restaurants. You can't visit Bilbao without sampling some pintxos, small dishes of bread topped with cheese, meat, or seafood.
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