Casco Viejo, Bilbao

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Las Siete Calles or Casco Viejo in Spanish or Zazpikaleak or Alde Zaharra in Basque are different names for the medieval neighbourhood of Bilbao, part of the Ibaiondo district. The names mean Seven Streets or Old Town respectively and it used to be the walled part of the town until the end of the 19th century.The Seven StreetsThe name Zazpikaleak or Las Siete Calles come from the oldest part of the neighbourhood which included exactly 7 streets and some much more narrow alleys connecting them, called cantons . The historical seven streets of Bilbao are: Somera, "upper"Artekale, "middle street"Tendería, "shopkeeper's"Belostikale, "rapid street"Carnicería Vieja, "old butchery"Barrenkale, "lower street"Barrenkale Barrena, "lower lower street" The "8th" street is Ronda, which used to be the patrol street outside the walls. Later the town expanded northwards with the construction of the Plaza Berria or Plaza Nueva and the streets Santa María, Bidebarrieta, Correo and Askao. Nowadays the neighbourhood also includes the Ribera street, the Arenal Park and Esperanza street as well.The area is served by Casco Viejo station of the Bilbao Metro.Image:Plaza nueva de Bilbao.JPG|Plaza Nueva Image:Portal de Zamudio.JPG|Casco viejo, Portal de Zamudio Image:Bilbao - Mercado de la Ribera 4.jpg|The market Mercado de la Ribera Image:La Ribera.JPG|La Ribera
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  • Indescribable energy of this place. Fascinating to lose yourself in the narrow streets, observing the bars of Marek with all cheerful without exaggerations, enjoy the Marek and cider.....
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  • The truth is that some recent serious evening episodes, such as the rape of a woman in Iturribide and some that other squabble in San Francisco, the Casco Viejo has always been a cozy place to visit for its gastronomic variety and for its excellent old constructions. A pity that they don't seem to want tourism in some sectors, especially problem dwellers, and tour operator visits can be restricted. The visit is a must
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