Bilbao was something of a forgotten city until the opening of the Guggenheim Museum put Bilbao firmly on the map. The Siete Calles district is overflowing with bars and restaurants in the city’s older quarter. The Gran Via and Alameda Mazarredo are graceful wide 19th century boulevards, perfect to take that after diner stroll and very much in contrast to the undulating lines of the Guggenheim. All of which attests to Bilbao’s cultural vitality.