Unamuno would be proud of 'his square'. The calamari and the drinking would definitely appeal to him.

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New Square

Hustle and bustle in its purest form.

“My New Square is cold, uniform and a square from which art escapes…” This is how Miguel de Unamuno described this square. He was a distinguished figure in Spanish literature and one of the first of the ’98 Generation. It was originally named Fernando VII Square, in honour of the monarch’s visit to Bilbao. Silvestre Perez was in charge of this project, which sought to bring more housing and growth to the city of Bilbao. This was only achieved for a short amount of time, but it gave rise to an extremely functional rectangular square, which encompasses the life and soul of the city. If you arrive here at midday, it’s a great place to sample tapas, particularly the ‘rabas’ (calamari), served in this area. If you’re there at night, have a few drinks (this is the perfect place to grab a beer and some tapas) and watch the youths prepare to start their night. There is also a market every Sunday, offering a mixture of antiques, old records and clothing. Just before Christmas, another market comes to town to celebrate Saint Thomas, which is known as a ‘treat for the taste buds’. If you’re around for this, don’t miss it.

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