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Plaza Moyua is a large public square in the central neighborhood of Abando, an attractive space with English- and French-style flower beds. Although a traffic circle, it is a popular meeting place that is also known as the Elliptical Square for its shape. The plaza was designed in the 1940s by architect Jose Luis Salinas and was rebuilt in 1997 following the construction of the city's metro system.
Go for a short stroll around the square and see the ornamental fountain at its center. The fountain is an original feature. Sit on a bench and enjoy the colors and fragrances of the flower beds and the architecture of the surrounding buildings.
Study the façades of the Carlton Hotel, a luxurious five-star property that was constructed between 1919 and 1926 in the French Second Empire style. The exterior features numerous balustrades, ornate window frames, bas-relief panels and a domed glass roof. During the Spanish Civil War, which took place from 1936 to 1939 this was the seat of the Basque government.
Appreciate the grandeur of the Chavarri Palace, which houses government offices. This Flemish Renaissance-style building was constructed toward the end of the 19th century and was designed by Belgian architect Paul Hankar. One of its interesting features is that none of the sets of windows are the same.
Admire the stylish design of one of the other noteworthy features of the area around Plaza Moyua, the so-called fosteritos. These are striking-looking glass canopies that serve as entrances to the metro station below the plaza. They were designed by the company of architect Sir Norman Foster, hence the nickname.
Plaza Moyua is easy to get to by public transportation. The nearest metro stop is right on the square and numerous buses pass through the area. Leave the square after your visit and head down the Gran Via. This long thoroughfare and some of its connecting streets form a popular shopping district of high street and high-end stores.
Located in Bilbao Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santiago Cathedral and Arriaga Theater. Ribera Market and Plaza Moyua are also within 1 mi (2 km). Arriga Tram Stop is 6 minutes by foot and Ribera Tram Stop is 6 minutes.
Located in Abando, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dona Casilda Iturrizar Park, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and San Mames Stadium. Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall and Ensanche are also within 10 minutes. Abandoibarra Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Euskalduna Tram Stop is 3 minutes.
Located in Abando, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ensanche and San Mames Stadium. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away. Indautxu Station is only a 3-minute walk and Moyua Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Abando, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ensanche and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. San Mames Stadium is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away. Abando Station and Abando Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Abando, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ensanche and San Mames Stadium. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) away. Euskalduna Tram Stop and Sabino Arana Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Deusto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Deusto Bilbao and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. San Mames Stadium is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away. Guggenheim Tram Stop is 8 minutes by foot and Abandoibarra Tram Stop is 8 minutes.
Located in Abando, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ensanche, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and San Mames Stadium. Hospital de San Francisco Javier and Galeria Bay Salt are also within 5 minutes. Indautxu Station is only a 2-minute walk and Moyua Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Abando, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ensanche and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. San Mames Stadium is 1 mi (1.6 km) away. Moyua Station is 8 minutes by foot and Pio Baroja Tram Stop is 8 minutes.