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.
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.
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.