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“One of my favorite spaces”
Review of Azkuna Zentroa

Azkuna Zentroa
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Bilbao City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #1 of 11 Concerts & Shows in Bilbao
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Getxo, Spain
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29 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“One of my favorite spaces”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

This building and space I love the design inside and out is very different but both are amazing. The wonderful thing is that this is a space owned by the people of Bilbao to enjoy. They are a very privileged citizens.

Visited August 2013
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Billinge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Not overly enthralled”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

The building was interesting with a few artisan type shops inside. It is a vast area with fancy columns on the ground floor. A friend rated the restaurant but we never got to eat in there. Apart from that I didn't linger. It is mainly a library, offices and a gym on the top floor. If you are in that area it is probably worth popping in but I wouldn't go out of my way.

Visited September 2013
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Carlisle uk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Vibrant city,lots of to do.”
Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

Bilbao has stunning architecture,wonderful museums,fabulous delicatessens,bars & restaurants.
It's a must see city & if your staying a few days a train journey to near by san Sebastian is a must.

Visited August 2013
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Wales, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“A great cultural space”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

A former wine warehouse and now a cultural space designed by Ricardo Bastida. It is worth a visit to see the columns, an art installation like no other that I have seen. There are restaurants and a changing programme of cultural events. On the ground floor La Florinda restaurant offered a very good inclusive menu del dia at 10 euros.

Visited September 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Philippe Starck Leisure Complex - worth a view”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

This used to be an old wine warehouse and is worth a look on the outside for the beauty of the building even before you enter the magic. The central atrium is supported by rows of columns, each different, i.e. one has gold dragons, another is red, and then there is a giant projected virtual sun. You look up to a glass bottomed swimming pool and relax to the silhouettes of swimmers doing their lengths, there is a sun terrace up there (you have to pay to go for a swim and enter the terrace). There is also shops (cool retro gift, clothing and lifestyle shop) exhibition space, a a cinema, library,gym and terrace restaurant.

Visited September 2013
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