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BIL­BAO, SPAIN

to most trav­ellers a decade or two ago, Bil­bao’s meta­mor­pho­sis from in­dus­trial port town in northern Spain to up-and­com­ing travel des­ti­na­tion be­gan with the open­ing of the Guggen­heim Mu­seum back in 1997. Fast-for­ward 20 years and its trans­for­ma­tion is pretty much com­plete.

Lo­cated on the coast in Basque Coun­try, its in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity has caught the at­ten­tion of the cruise in­dus­try and a new cruise ter­mi­nal lo­cated in the nearby town of Getxo (about 15km north of Bil­bao’s cen­tre) has led to a grow­ing num­ber of lines adding day trips to Bil­bao, and it’s easy to see why.

Im­mensely walk­a­ble, its streets are per­fect for day-trip­ping cruis­ers, there’s lively restaurants and ta­pas bars, ex­cel­lent shop­ping – in­clud­ing one of Europe’s largest in­door mar­kets. Then there’s the city’s culi­nary cre­den­tials: world-class food pro­duc­ers, Miche­lin-starred restaurants, and the up­com­ing host­ing of the 50 Best Restaurants awards fol­low­ing on from Mel­bourne last year. Com­bined, there’s eas­ily enough fare to en­sure that hun­gry gour­mands will be in foodie heaven.

LIS­BON, POR­TU­GAL

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