Discover Bilbao
A port city surrounded by mountains

The capital of the Basque Country and the symbol of "another Spain"

Districts of Bilbao

Bilbao's urban structure was formed over the centuries and started with the main street Ronda. Today, this area is considered the Old City. It features the main landmarks such as churches and monuments. The Abando district used to be an industrial area, but it has now been restored and made attractive for tourists. The main artery of the city is the Gran Vía de Don Diego López de Haro. It crosses the entire city and is very easy to navigate on your own. Bilbao has eight districts, each with its own museums and attractions.

Population of Bilbao

The people of Bilbao love to party, as evidenced by the duration of their festivals and celebrations. In this, they are very similar to Spaniards, but they have significant differences in other respects. Firstly, the locals strongly reject talking about national identity because they do not consider themselves Spaniards and refer specifically to the Basque. Secondly, it is customary to speak the Basque language, which is not similar to any European. Thirdly, the locals are very fond of sports, especially soccer.

The best time to visit Bilbao

The climate in Bilbao is moderate, so it is not hot in summer — +25 and +26°C. In winter, there are no minus temperatures; the minimum that was recorded here is +5°C. In this case, the proximity to water and the surrounding mountains create a kind of greenhouse effect, so it is quite humid in summer and winter, despite the lack of precipitation. Feel free to come to Bilbao from April to October if you like long walks.

Brief history

Thanks to its geographical location, Bilbao has been a center of trade since antiquity, which influenced the active construction and expansion of the city. The wars with France and internal conflicts in Spain had a negative impact on its development and architecture.

At the outbreak of the Second Carlist War (1873-1876), Bilbao served as a stronghold, through which the British sent aid to the Spanish. Resisting the attack of 20,000 Carlists, the locals prevented Don Carlos from taking possession of the city and turning it into his residence. The region has survived many conflicts, and it holds a key position in the country's life today, being an important seaport and industrial center at the same time.

Today it is a modern metropolis with skyscrapers and developed cultural life. The mood inside the region is different from the general Spain. It is peaceful, and the streets are clean.

Useful notes

Things to do in Bilbao

  • Walk. Bilbao has a subway and ground transportation, but the only way to experience the city's charm is on foot. This way you can visit all seven ancient streets of the medieval quarter. Authentic architecture amazes with its doll-like balconies and ancient churches with their beauty and variety of styles.
  • Stroll along the waterfront. Striking little houses that resemble Amsterdam and mountains on the horizon seem to stand between Bilbao and the rest of the world.
  • Visit the main museum of the world. The Guggenheim Museum is one of the reasons why tourists come to Basque Country. There you will discover a world of bizarre modern art that will not leave you indifferent and give you a sea of inspiration.
  • Go shopping. The main stores are located on Gran Via Street. There are Spanish little-known brands as well as global brands.
  • Go out of town to the suburb of Portugalete. There is an incredible suspension bridge Puente Colgante Vizcaya and a promenade with picturesque views of the French Basque Country.
  • Taste the local cuisine. White wine Txakoli and pinchos (appetizers of meat and seafood and other unusual combinations) are the minimum gourmet program.

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