I am delighted to introduce a guest post today by our colleague Aitor Delgado from the Basque Country and La Rioja, amazing regions in the north of Spain, where you can find fine tapas (pintxos), great wines, and impressive old and contemporary architecture. Our favorites: the Frank Gehry buildings.
The traditions and ancient culture of the Basque Country have in the last years evolved with the work of new artists in the area: from the locals Ibarrola and Oteiza to the internationally well-known Isozaki, Calatrava, Norman Foster, or Frank O. Gehry.
The astonishing work of Frank O. Gehry with the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum and the Luxury Collection Hotel Marques de Riscal are true examples of this. The first sight of both buildings in the Basque Country is something hard to forget, appearing like a mirage over the river, as an embarked boat in Bilbao, or amid the gently sloping vineyards of La Rioja in Elciego.
Inside the Hotel Marques de Riscal the unmistakable mark of Frank O. Gehry is evident too in the public areas, guest rooms and suites. In a hotel created by an artist, every room is a work of art!
This hotel is a full luxury option which includes two restaurants (one of them awarded with one Michelin Star), 43 rooms and suites, and the not to be missed Spa Vinotherapie Caudalie, where you can have treatments based on water and grape extracts.
It is this kind of stunning originality that earned the hotel a place in Elite Traveler’s Top Hotel Suites of Europe guide