This article was translated by John R. Bopp

Forbes is a magazine that’s dedicated several positive and interesting looks at us Basques, and we’ve written about some of them on our blog.  Now, we’ve been against surprised by an article from Joanne Shurvell (who’s written about us before) discussing five reasons to visit Bilbao, which was just named the 2018 European City of the Year.

Culture, cuisine, and architecture are some of her reasons the city has to be seen.  We especially love that her “culture” reasons don’t focus on only one museum, but rather cover the whole cultural scene between the Guggenheim Bilbao and the Fine Arts Museum.  The only thing that would’ve made us happier is if she had also included the Basque Museum, which anyone who wants to understand the Basque people and thereby the city they make up needs to see.

We have to admit that we’re very happy to see the push and projection all things Basque are having around the world, and to see that it’s not stopping.  Something extraordinary has been happening in our country for the past twenty years.  Our way of adapting to new realities and overcoming obstacles are a clear example of the energy that’s allowed this people to survive and thrive over the centuries.

Forbes – 13/11/2017 – USA

Five Reasons To Visit Bilbao, Spain

Winner of the 2018 European City of the Year, awarded last week by the Academy of Urbanism, Bilbao rose from its post-industrial economic malaise of the 1990s after the collapse of its steel and shipbuilding industries by investing heavily in culture. Culture and food brought me back to one of my favorite European cities last month and are just two of many reasons to visit.