The city of Bilbao is the heart of a metropolitan area of more than one million inhabitants located in the Territory of Biscay.

    The city is surrounded by a fertile landscape, with forests, mountains, beaches and steep coasts that make Bilbao an exceptional destination for visitors. Its modern transport systems and highway network provide access to nearby locations, such as the Basque cities of Vitoria and San Sebastián.

    Major architectural and infrastructural projects have served as engines driving the city’s urban and economic regeneration. Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, Euskalduna Convention and Music Hall, Norman Foster Metro, Calatrava Airport, and the towers designed by the architects Arata Isozaki and César Pelli… are just some examples of the vitality that can be felt in Bilbao.

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    What to see:

    • Guggenheim Museum

      The Guggenheim Museum is, without a doubt, the city’s main attraction.

    • Calatrava Bridge

      The Calatrava Bridge (1997), designed by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, together with the Guggenheim Museum, stand as symbols of today’s “new” Bilbao.

    • Euskalduna Convention and Music Hall

      The Euskalduna Convention and Music Hall, better known as the Palacio Euskalduna, was inaugurated on February 19, 1999. Designed by architects Federico Soriano and Dolores Palacios, it is located next to the ría (estuary) of Bilbao, occupying part of the land on which the Euskalduna Shipyards were built. It is home to the historic Bilbao Symphony Orchestra (BOS, Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa).

    • Old Town

      Bilbao ‘s Old Town, with its seven streets that formed the original medieval village, is today a lively and picturesque area of the city. Its narrow, mostly pedestrian streets are lined with bars serving up delicious tapas and Basque cuisine.

    • El Ensanche

      The District of Bilbao called El Ensanche spans the area on the other side of the river from the Old Town. It was annexed to the city in 1870, until then constituting a separate town called Abando. Today, the Ensanche is Bilbao’s business district and most cosmopolitan area, and also features a great number of shops, bars and restaurants.

    • Teatro Arriaga

      By the bridge connecting the Old Town to the Ensanche stands Bilbao’s oldest theatre: the Teatro Arriaga.

    • La Ribera

      La Ribera is a market located south of the Old Town, by the river. Sprawling over 10,000 m2, it is the largest covered market in Europe.

    • La Alhóndiga

      La Alhóndiga is one of the city’s signature buildings. For many years the city’s wine depot, today it is a cultural and leisure centre featuring exhibitions, concerts, readings, cinema, activities for children, a gym, swimming pool, library, bar, restaurant, etc.

    • Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

      The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is one of Spain’s premier institutions for the arts. It stands out for the broad chronological range it spans, covering from the 13th century all the way down to the present, and for the great diversity of artistic forms it displays.

    • El Teatro Campos Elíseos

      El Teatro Campos Elíseos, which opened in 1902, was designed by local architect Alfredo Acebal in collaboration with the French decorator Jean Batiste Darroguy. The facade’s prominent arch, featuring a Moorish influence, and an exterior decorated by Darroguy, clearly illustrate the Art Nouveau style.

    • Metro de Bilbao

      The Metro de Bilbao was designed by the architect Sir Norman Foster. Built in 1988, mainly of concrete, steel and glass, it features a futuristic aesthetic and is accessed via curved glass structures known as fosteritos.

    • La Basilica of Begoña

      La Basilica of Begoña is located on one of the hills surrounding the centre of Bilbao. Although construction began on it in 1511, it was not finished until a century later.

    • San Mamés

      San Mamés, known as The New Stadium of San Mamés, opened its doors on 16 September 2013. It has been classified as a Category 4 facility by the UEFA, its highest certification, and will be the venue for the 2020 Eurocopa and the 2018 European Rugby League Championship.

    • El Mirador de Artxanda

      El Mirador de Artxanda (overlook) offers some of the best views of Bilbao. From there it is possible to see the Old Town, Guggenheim Museum, Iberdrola Tower and the hills surrounding the city centre.