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Bilbao is the capital of the region of Biscay, and the most populated city in the Basque Country. It is surrounded by mountains, as well as it is near the sea at the same time. It is one of the most relevant economic and comercial cores in nothern Spain.

Having recently been awarded as “Best European City 2018” by The Academy of Urbanism”, and “Second Best European Touristic Destination”, Bilbao is under the spotlight in Europe due to its great urbanistic, environmental, social, governance and innovation developments.

Sea

The waves of the Cantabrian sea merge with unequalled geologic landscapes and worth-admiring cliffs in an unforgettable sunset. Swimmers, professional surfers from all over the world and extreme sports lovers enjoy an experience that can’t be lived anywhere else.

Mountain

Mountains raise around each city and every village: the landscape par excellence that captivates everyone who visits it. A delight for hiking enthusiasts, and a place where nature lovers can merge with a wonderful environment that exudes purity and life.

Gastronomy

Variety, richness and excellence are just a few adjectives that explain why the Basque gastronomy has crossed borders. It is not surprising, taking into account that the highest proportion of Michelin stars is in Euskadi: Basque restaurants have got 28 stars together, ten of which are recognized as a some of the best in the world. If you are lack of time, bars propose a peculiar way of satisfying hunger: the so called miniature cuisine, a tasting rally of pintxos and tiny pots.

Museums and expositions

Fuel not only for your stomach, but also for your ming. Bilbao hosts one of the symbols of the new Basque Country: the Guggenheim Museum. Designed by the renowned Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim was the cornerstone of the transformation from a dark industrial Bilbao towards a modern city focused on culture and services.

Another interesting visit might be Getaria, where there’s the museum honoring the legend of fashion Cristóbal Balenciaga. Less than one hour away you can find Vitoria-Gasteiz, where you shouldn’t miss the Basque Museum of Contemporary Art “Artium”.

Shopping

The commercial tradition of the Old Town goes back to the XIV Century, when the merchants based in the heart of the city went to pick their goods brought from further cities like Bordeaux or Brugge. Its name in Basque preserves its essence. Zazpi Kaleak, the “seven streets” that used to compose the neighborhood originally which took the name of the guild that used to cover each one of them.

Architecture

The new Bilbao represents exaltation of architecture and urbanism, constituting nowadays an outdoors museum with the collaboration of first level figures in worldwide architecture such as rank Gehry, César Pelli, Arata Isozaki, Norman Foster o Philippe Starck, among others.

Each corner of the city presents a combination of industrial buildings with a modern and elegant design, which is the case of the Alhóndiga, the renewed Mercado de la Ribera, the new San Mamés stadium (chosen as best spots building in the world in 2015), Bilbao Arena, Arriaga Theater, or the Euskalduna Palace, among many others.