Balenciaga Museum Inagurated in Guetaria

Guetaria is a small town in Spain’s northern Basque region where the haute couture designer Cristóbal Balenciaga was born in 1895. Last month, Queen Sofía of Spain inaugurated a museum in his honor, which will display a changing selection from its collection of 1,200 examples of his much-admired design work. The items on display include the wedding dress of Queen Fabiola of Belgium, dresses made for Grace Kelly, and over 100 given by Hubert de Givenchy, who was a disciple and friend of Balenciaga. The museum is housed in the restored Palacio Aldamar and in a purpose-built contemporary extension by architects AV62.  Guetaria is easily accessible from elegant coastal resort San Sebastián and also from Bilbao, so a visit to the new museum can be combined with Spain’s best, most sophisticated gastronomy and of course striking modern architecture.