Business and cultural city
It is the largest business and cultural city in Northern Spain, with a booming industrial development in the past. Nowadays, Bilbao enjoys a quality of life that is way over the average in the whole country
The Guggenheim Bilbao Museum has been the flagship project of a spectacular facelifting process that turned the city into an architectural point of reference. Designed by the renowned American architect Frank Gehry and opened in the fall of 1997, the titanium building is as aesthetically valuable as the treasures of contemporary art it contains.
Busting cultural life
The Convention and Music Hall Center, together with the Guggenheim-Bilbao Museum, has greatly contributed to the relaunching of a city with a bustling cultural life. The city organizes a vast array of cultural events, such as concerts, opera, theater plays, movie festivals…
Tradition and modernism
Bilbao’s identity, a mixture of old tradition and modern ways, also rests on other features that make living in the city a unique experience, such as the coexistence of Spanish, the major native language, with the Basque language, a cultural and anthropological treasure of unknown origin maintained over the centuries.
Rural valleys and natural parks
Located on the banks of the estuary of river Nervion, Bilbao is also surrounded by beautiful green mountains. Nearby rural valleys, mountain ranges, and natural parks provide hikers plenty of opportunities to enjoy.
Beaches only at about a 30'
Sunbathers and surfers will find the nearest beaches only at about a 30’-subway or bus ride away from the city center. The best left wave in Europe can actually be found in Mundaka, a coastal village located at about 40’ from Bilbao.
The Basque Country is internationally recognized for its regional cuisine, which can be experienced in the many cafes, bars and restaurants spread around the city. A local habit is to taste pintxos or tapas with a good glass of wine.
Excellent transportation network
The city offers an excellent transportation network: the safe award-winning subway network, designed by Norman Foster, an effi cient city bus service, a new environment-friendly tramway service, an international airport, highways, intercity buses, train services... are all part of a network that makes moving within and outside of Bilbao an easy task.
Local and International shops
Both its lively Old Quarter and its downtown avenues host a good combination of local and international shops and boutiques, the perfect scenario for shoppers.
Strategically convenient location
Due to its strategically convenient location, Bilbao has become a south gate to Europe. The new international airport is located only 10 km./6 miles away from the city center, and connects the city to major European cities such as Paris, Rome, London, Frankfurt, Lisbon, or Brussels. Bilbao is also close to the French border and Pyrenees ski resorts.