It has the buzz of the city centre, and the laid-back vibes of the Bay of Biscay coast. Kat Webster, who left the London fashion scene to run a yoga studio in the Basque city, shares her insider tips on what to see, do and eat
Start your day rightI often pop into Copper Deli( Mazarredo 6) first thing for a coffee or a smoothie- they do tasty sandwiches and delicious cakes too. If you fancy something more traditional, have breakfast sitting at a marble table at the splendid Cafe Iruna( Jardines de Alba ), which has been going for more than a century, and is decorated with ornate tiles. I always find a yoga conference and a stroll along the waterfront an energising style to start the day, which is handy, as my studio is just two minutes from the beach, in Getxo.
City slickingThe shimmering, titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum is a must. After taking in a few Picassos, walk along the riverbank to Santiago Calatrava’s Zubizuri footbridge, which looks like a harp made of white cotton threads, then cross the river to take the funicular up Mount Artxanda, one of the green hills that virtually encircle Bilbao, for panoramic views across the city.
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