Guggenheim Museum Bilbao brought the city onto the world stage when it opened in 1997.
Like many industrial cities, the 1980s wrecked the economy and the social fabric. After a huge flood in 1983, rebuilding the city was mandatory. Over the 80s and 90s, and continuing today, industrial spaces have been redeveloped as residential neighborhoods.
A lot of downtown was built in a traditional style, with most buildings 6-8 stories, except for modern offices. Newer buildings are often the same size and feel as their older neighbors.
With a river running through the heart of the city for many miles, there’s a wide range of waterfront environments, from beautiful old mansions to modern high rises on to the shipyards, industrial wastelands, and yacht clubs.