The green hills of Bilbao are a welcome relief after a lengthy stay in the dry plains in Southern Spain.

Bilbao is the largest city in the Basque Country in northern Spain, and the capital of the province of Biscay. The city is located on the banks of the Nervion, a tidal river. The population of Bilbao city is just over 372,000, but within the metropolitan area there are over 1 million inhabitants, ranking it as the fifth largest metropolitan area of Spain. 

Bilbao is a major seaport and industrial center, but in recent years the city has undergone a major urban renewal, in order to move it away from the region's industrial history and instead focus on tourism and services. The developments are centered around the new metro system and most of all, the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum. A new tram line was introduced in 2002.

The Port of Bilbao, formerly on the river, has been moved and expanded downstreams on the Bay of Biscay, opening a great deal of real estate on the river, that has been the site of most of the new buildings.

The medieval neighbourhood, Casca Viejo (the Old Town), is the most colorful part of Bilbao, a maze of narrow streets full of taverns, shops and monuments.

Bilbao Hotels

Plenty of hotels are available in Bilbao at all levels, with accommodation both in the heart of the city and on the outskirts of Bilbao.

Bilbao Attractions

The Guggenheim Museum is probably Bilbao's top attraction. It is situated on the bank of the Nervión River.

Bilbao City Breaks

Bilbao, famous for the extraordinary and graceful Guggenheim Museum, is one of the best city break destinations in Spain.

Bilbao Golf

A small selection of golf courses is available in the Bilbao area, with a number being situated in and around the nearby city of San Sebastian.

Bilbao Restaurants

Bilbao is a paradise for lovers of good food.

Bilbao Flights

Bilbao Airport is an important travel and commercial link to the Spanish Basque Region and the rest of northern Spain.

Bilbao Car Rental

Car rental in Bilbao.

Bilbao Holiday Villas

Holiday villas to rent in Bilbao are usually not located near the city center, although it would be possible to find some not too far away.


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