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Review of Azkuna Zentroa

Azkuna Zentroa
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US$17.44*
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Bilbao City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #4 of 119 things to do in Bilbao
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

The building itself is worth the visit from architectural point of view. It's old and beautiful renovated with help of Philip Starck.
At this moment (until October) there's a free exposition downstairs "Milarda MadeinUSA" with installations and other work from Antoni Milarda. This exposition is great and really originally. Maybe I shouldn't say this, but we liked this more then the Guggenheim also because nobody seems to go here.
After visiting the exposition, I recommend to have a drink at the rooftop terrace; great cocktails and chosen as 'Bilbao terrace of the year'.

Thank Yvette B
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Reviewed 21 July 2017

Enjoyed the visit and found a lot to see and learn here. I asked a few questions at the information desk and at their shop and everyone was helpful.
Lots of interesting projects going on and it is definitely one of those urban spaces to draw inspiration from.

Thank Taenkare
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Reviewed 9 July 2017

The Azkuna was formally an old wine warehouse built in the early 1900's that fell into disuse and was totally renovated and rebuilt, whilst keeping the original facade. It was opened in around 2010.

We stumbled across it one day whilst out walking and, wondering what all the people were doing, followed some inside.

The ground floor was amazing. Quite a large dark space, that was only partially covered by the floors above (which had windows looking down onto it) and a staggering number of multicoloured columns.

We went upstairs to the library and observed a conference centre and what looked like examination rooms with students in them. There was also a gym, theatres, an art centre and cafes and restaurants.

It was only later that we read that there was an indoor pool upstairs as well as a terrace where you could sun bake.

The architects and builders have done an excellent job in retaining the facade of the old building whilst providing a beautiful modern multi-purpose facility.

3  Thank westy54
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Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

Found this place via the Bilboa Music Festival website. It's not easy to find on Trip Advisor. It's a great place to come early evening for a swim and to admire the Bilboa rooftops. The building itself is amazing! Great to see a real cool local building. There is a great sun deck as well.

It's also a great art centre with restaurants and very trendy shops.

And it's really close to the Guugeheim - so go for an early evening swim and then stroll over to the Guggenheim to watch the sun go down.

2  Thank Patrick B
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Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Loved it. Enjoyed the pool and exhibition spaces. Take swimming gear and towels. Rooftop pools are great.

Thank HonestOpinionPC
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