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Address: Plaza Arriquibar, 4, 48008 Bilbao, Spain
Phone Number: +34 944 01 40 14
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 8:30 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 8:30 am - 12:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Azkuna Zentroa houses a cultural and leisure space within one of the most...

Azkuna Zentroa houses a cultural and leisure space within one of the most emblematic buildings of the city, offering a wide variety of events for anyone who visits. A meeting point where you can share, learn and enjoy the different cultural, leisure and sports proposals aimed at all target publics either individually, in groups or as a family. The 43,000 square metres of Azkuna Zentroa have been erected in the old wine warehouse of the city. It is a building with a modern character where past, present and future blend together, declared "Heritage of Cultural Interest" by the Basque Government in 1999. The façades and part of the space, designed by the Bilbao architect Ricardo Bastida at the beginning of the 20th century, have been maintained and renovated. The exterior classicism contrasts with the unique, innovative and sober interior space designed by Philippe Starck, where the life and energy of Bilbao are crystallized. Exhibitions, concerts, conferences, children's workshops, physical activities of all kinds, reading area, a place to have a coffee, etc. The offer of Azkuna Zentroa is daily and highly varied thanks to its multidiscipline programme and extended opening hours. It doesn't matter whether your visit is a one-off or if you live in a nearby geographical area, you will always find an attractive proposal that suits you which you will thoroughly enjoy.

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toller raum - great thing

a must-see in bilbao interesting building - and do not forget your swimsuit good food - la florinda terrace on the roof in summer good flair

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Erfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

a must-see in bilbao interesting building - and do not forget your swimsuit good food - la florinda terrace on the roof in summer good flair

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Haltwhistle, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building is interesting with its many decorated columns and the renovation by Starcke is excellent. However the ground floor is very dark with precious little to see. The lifts don't go to every floor so it's very frustrating wondering how to get to various places. And when we did find them, such as the sun deck, they were closed.... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great repurposing of an old building. Loved the blend of the old and the new. Really interesting architecturally. Loved the swimming pool and sun deck. Really nice cafe/bars inside too. Jeremy Deller exhibition was on when we visited which I really enjoyed.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really beautiful achitecture in Bilbao. One of this authentic spots is Azkuna Zentro or Alhondiga as it is known within the local people. We know it and other curious things about Basque Country because we had a really competent guide, Macarena from walkingBizkaia.

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Porto Alegre, RS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice place, singular internal architecture, I recomend it for a break when you are walking through Bilbao, I loved it!

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

This is another great gem in the city, since its 2010 remodel by designer Philippe Starck. The exterior garden has an Alice in Wonderland feel with its oversized objects, and the interior collection of 43 columns with different designs is highly engaging. Consider stopping here for lunch as you explore Bilbao. And if you happen to visit between June-October 2016,... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

What better way to while away the time when you arrive in Bilbao without your luggage? Out hotel recommended the rooftop bar here and we weren't disappointed (except for the smokers next to us). Great place to relax and have a few drinks and look out at the city. It's not very big, so hopefully you'll get a table by... More 

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Bilbao, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Great ambient. You have the chance to watch a movie in the Golem cinemas, and you can also take your time to read every kind of books or magazines, listen to music or use the sports center to practice your favourite sport, or just go shopping. The best thing you can do is simply walk around and stop to have... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

This place was recommended by front desk staff at hotel. It is something a lot of people would probably overlook. The columns on the ground floor are spectacular, each one different and a work of art in themselves. Look up for the rooftop pool. Would recommend whiling away an hour or two here.

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Cary, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

This building is very interesting. The façade is original but the inside is completely new. It seems like a building inside a building. There are lots of different spaces that can be used for several purposes. But the most impressing is the gym they've got on the top. The swimming pool has a glass bottom. So if you are on... More 

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