Bilbao despite being a mostly industrial city in recent years has undergone a series of transformations that have become one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Spain. Tradition and modernity mingle in the capital of Vizcaya where the most deeply rooted traditions coexist with its young population and its modern architecture. The Guggenheim has become one of the emblems of the city. The Museum of contemporary art of Frank Gehry was the definitive accolade to the modernization of the city, from the 80 suffered an industrial restructuring with closure of factories, shipyards, and blast furnaces. Lovers of modern architecture who visit Bilbao nor the Palace, the Euskalduna bridge and Isozaki Towers may be lost.
Other emblems of Bilbao is txikiteo. Anyone who visit Bilbao can stop a walk through the old town to go from tavern to Tavern trying out the pintxitos that are stacked in bars and taking small wine or zuritos vessels (small glass of beer). It should be clear that the txikiteo is not only take a snack, but a whole social event with friends. This culture is also reflected in some of the most popular of the city festivities, in Santo Tomas, on 21 December. That day traditional baserris (hamlets) products are exposed in Bilbao and everyone can come to buy or taste these delicacies in a festive atmosphere. It is usual to test the thallus with chorizo and txakoli.