Bilbao is the heart of a metropolis with over a million inhabitants. It is the main axis of economic and social development and the fundamental factor in the modernisation of the Bay of Biscay.
The grand architectural and infrastructural projects have served as the driving force behind the city's urban and financial regeneration.
The Bilbao Guggenheim Museum, the Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall, the Norman Foster Metro, the Calatrava Airport, the towers designed by architects Arata Isozaki and César Pelli, and more, are all examples of the vitality one can feel in Bilbao.
Situated in the Bizkaia Territory, the city is surrounded by a fertile landscape, with forests, mountains, beaches, and rugged coastlines, all of which make Bilbao a special destination for its visitors.
15 km from the Cantabrian sea, Bilbao offers many opportunities for leisure, culture, art, and nature. It is enough to go on a leisurely stroll through the old city centre, or through the recovered estuary, where the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum is located, to see that this is a lively, dynamic city which views the future with a great degree of optimism. One other thing not to be missed in this city is the food: tasting the different dishes and going out for 'pintxos' (culinary miniatures) is always a rewarding experience. Take the opportunity to visit the nearby fishing villages, and the small villas in the country's interior.
The International Airport, 12 kilometres from the urban centre, links Bilbao with the main European capitals and the rest of Spain. It is also easy to reach by train and car.
The modern transportation options and road networks serve as links to the closest enclaves, such as the Basque cities of Victoria and San Sebastián.