Bilbao, a thriving, dynamic city in northern Spain is fast becoming a tourist hot spot.  The main attraction is the Guggenheim Museum with its gigantic dog topiary and beautiful outdoor sculptures.  The Nervion river bisects the city, with the art museums on one side and the “casco” on the opposite side.  Of note is the Funicular de Artxanda, which will take you to the top of Monte Artxanda for amazing views of the city.  The fare:  1€ per person.

Bilbao is about 15 kilometers from the coast and within a short  drive to Guernica, San Sebastian and the frontier with France.  All of these make a wonderful day trip.