The Plaza Nueva or Plaza Barria ( New Square) of Bilbao is a monumental square of Neoclassical style built in 1821. Its name comes from the previously existing Plaza Vieja or Old Square in the place where the Ribera Market was built. The square is enclosed by arcaded buildings and accessed by arches known as cuevas ( caves ).
Now transformed into an urban landmark in the historic centre of Bilbao, Plaza Nueva square is one of the main hubs of the city's social life. The colonnade in this neo-classical monumental site is home to alternating shops, bars, restaurants and cafés where it's almost impossible not to stop and enjoy the lively atmosphere of the square.
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Ever since King Fernando VII of Spain laid its first stone, Bilbao’s Plaza Nueva (or Plaza Berria in Basque) has never ceased to make history. Situated in the very heart of the Casco Viejo quarter, it was once an expanse of marshland and an important link between the town and the fishing neighbourhood of San Nicolás.
Plaza Nueva, s/n 48005 Bilbao Metro stop: Casco Viejo Apart from its architectural value (it is a good example of Roman neoclassical purity) the Plaza Nueva has the character of an urban reference point. This is helped by the colonnade and arches, where the restaurants and bars keeps the atmosphere lively all day.
Plaza Nueva de Bilbao La Plaza Nueva es el principal punto de encuentro en la ciudad y una de las mejores zonas donde comer pinchos en Bilbao. Además, reúne curiosidades tan extravagantes como que en el siglo XIX se llenó de agua y góndolas para honrar la visita de un rey italiano. Plaza Nueva Plaza Nueva de Bilbao Pintxos de la Plaza Nueva