Bilbao, Spain

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Café Iruña
T+L A-List travel agent Virginia Irurita recommends coffee and pinxtos, or tapas, at this gorgeous restaurant across from Jardines de Albia (Bilbao’s central gardens). With its frescoed walls and intricate tiled ceilings and floors, the cafe is awash in history—110 years of it, to be exact.

Bilbao, Spain

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Must-Sees from the Editors of Travel + Leisure

Casco Viejo

The city's charming old quarter is anchored by Las Siete Calles-its original seven streets, dating back to the 1400's. Shops and tapas bars line the brick- and stone-paved roads; on Sundays, a market sells antiques, postcards, and records in the 19th-century Plaza Nueva.

Catedral de Santiago

Named for St. James the Great, the 14th-century Gothic cathedral is on what was once a stopping point for pilgrims on the northern route of Spain's Camino de Santiago. Among other unusual architectural features, take note of the Renaissance portico-added after a fire in 1571-and, along the main vault, stone carvings of local merchants.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

The Frank Gehry-designed, titanium-clad phenomenon transformed the way the world understands architecture and art museums. The shiny, undulating museum may not seem as shocking as it once did, but its organic curves embody a late-20th-century grandeur.

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