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Bilbao

Bilbao, capital of the province of Bizkaia, is the centre of a metropolitan area of more than one million people. It is located on the banks of the Nervión river, which joins the Cantabrian sea 11 kilometres further downstream. The river has been protagonist of its industrial and economic development since the city´s foundation in 1300. Bilbao, together with the towns located on both sides of the river until it reaches the sea, form the Greater Bilbao area.

Bilbao is one of the main economic and cultural hubs in northern Spain, and has gained international recognition as an architectural point of reference. Certainly, the Guggenheim Museum has acted as its main calling card. But Bilbao has plenty of other interesting sites to offer, in and around the city. And its strategic location makes it an ideal port of entry to other parts of the northern Iberian peninsula, and to the southwest of France.

Bilbao – affectionately known as El Botxo (the hole) – has much to offer, to a great extent as a consequence of the urban renovation process being undertaken. There is a varied and lively cultural scene. For those interested in the performing arts, the Teatro Arriaga and Euskalduna Concert Hall are a must. The excellent Fine Arts Museum (Museo de Bellas Artes) is located at the edge of the Dona Casilda park – a stone´s throw from the world renowned Guggenheim Museum with its spectacular architecture designed by Frank Gehry in 1997. Shopping is also an interesting and enjoyable passtime in Bilbao: a stroll through the Old Town (Casco Viejo), one the largest shopping areas in Europe, allows one to enjoy some striking architecture, as well as joining in one of Bilbao´s most popular activities – enjoying wine and pintxos in some of its many taverns and cafés.

And last but not least, Bilbao is an international point of reference in terms of gastronomy. The excellent restaurants, scattered all over the city, transform eating into an art form.

Hotels in Bilbao

Indautxu**** General info The Hotel SILKEN Indautxu **** is situated in a central district of Bilbao, near the...

Gran Bilbao**** General info The Sercotel Gran Bilbao Hotel is a 4-star hotel in Bilbao strategically located in ...

Bilbao**** General info The Hotel Zenit Bilbao*** in the city centre, 10 minutes from the New San Mamés, th...

Nervion**** General info Hotel Barceló Bilbao Nervión*** recently has been refurbished and is located in the ...