In the summer of 2015 I relocated to the north of Spain for a teaching job in the little coastal town of Castro Urdiales. Life in Castro was very, very sleepy, but luckily I had the big smoke of Bilbao on my doorstep just forty minutes away by bus. So of course I put a weekend aside to go exploring.

Done Bikende Plaza Bilbao Spain
Done Bikende Plaza, Bilbao. August 2015.

I duly discovered a city bursting with inventive architecture and art, from its mushrooming street graffiti scene to the towering ambition of a certain world class museum. In between there were bustling bar streets, pretty garden squares and an unexpected meeting with Mr. Lionel Messi. To find out more, dive into my articles on:   

San Mamés Stadium

The Guggenheim Museum

& my handpicked spots from across the city

Leighton Literature travel reports short stories travel blogger