Plaza Moyua


Plaza Moyua is located at the middle of the Gran Via. It has an oval shape and is also called La Plaza Eliptica because of its shape. It was opened in 1873 and was a fine example of urban architecture. In the middle there is a beautiful fountain. There are many flowers planted around it, especially begonias, both red and white, making the plaza very colorful. It is at an intersection where several streets, besides the Gran Via, cross it. These are Calle Elcano, Avenida Recalde, and Calle Ercilla. So the plaza always has many people crossing it. There are several beautiful buildings around the plaza. The Carlton Hotel is one of the best hotels in the city and this luxury hotel was built in 1926 by the architect Manuel María Smith. Its style is French Eclecticism. Beside it is the La Aurora building that was designed in 1935 by Manuel Galindez in the Pre-Rationalism style. Another building adjoining the plaza is the Palacio Chavarri, designed in 1894 by Paul Hankar and Atanasio de Anduiza using Flemish architecture, and was inspired by the Zegers-Regnard Hotel in Brussels. The industrialist Victor Chavarri studied in Liege and wanted his house to resemble the Flemish Renaissance style. Today a government agency occupies the building. Also adjacent to the plaza is a metro station designed by Norma Foster in 1998.     


Plaza Moyua is downtown Bilbao. The street between Plaza Moyua and Plaza Abando on the Gran Via is the main shopping street of the city with many clothes shops such as Zara, Mango and H&M. The large El Corte Ingles store is also found here, and it has a supermarket. One can walk to the Guggenheim Museum from Plaza Moyua in 10 minutes.