This Basque city isn’t as pretty as the region’s capital, San Sebastian, but scrape the surface of Bilbao and you’ll fall head over heels for the unique urban character and artistic culture that thrives here. Travellers flock to the striking Guggenheim Museum – designed by Frank Gehry, its sweeping metal exterior is as intriguing as the art inside – but there’s more to this city than museums. Wander the historical ‘seven streets’ of the old town and lose yourself in the Ribera Market, the largest indoor produce market in Europe.