Arquitectura Bilbao ria

Aerial view of Bilbao

Bilbao, city founded in the XIIIth century by Don Diego López de Haro, is Vizcaya`s capital. Its main industries are siderurgy, metal and ship construction, chemicals (explosives, pneumatics, plastics, etc.) It also has one of the most important ports in Europe. The annexiation of the nearest munucipalities gave origin to what is known as the Gran Bilbao (Great Bilbao), which extends itself along the Nervión mouth into the Bay of Biscay.

Arquitectura Bilbao ria

Guggenheim Museum

Bilbao has "born again" after the opening of the Guggenheim Museum and the Euskalduna Conference Centre and Congress Hall. Still, the charms and attractiveness of the city are not limited to these already emblematic buildings.


Euskalduna Conference Centre


Iberdrola Tower and Puppy

The Casco Viejo (Old Town) of Bibao preserves plenty of buildings that make the history of the capital of Vizcaya, as: the Arriaga Theatre, the Stock Exchange building, the Municipal Library, the Ribera market or the City Hall (Ayuntamiento). The area is characterized by the intense comercial activity of its seven main streets (centre) among which you find the Plaza Nueva (Square), the Gothic Cahtedral of Santiago Apóstol, the Basque Ethnographic Museum and the Arenal (Square).

Casco Viejo Bilbao BIZ

Casco viejo (Old Town)

Bilbao teatro Arriaga

Arriaga Theater

The area of Indautxu is also characterized by its intense comercial activity. It is located in the upper side of Bilbao. It is not only well known for its shops but also for being an area with a high concentration of bars and restaurants. The street Poza, which ends at the Football Stadium of San Mamés and the Bilbao International Exhibition Centre, is one of the most concurred by youths at night during weekends. It is also very popular at midday to taste a snack before lunch. As it was already mentioned, Indautxy is full of barsa and pubs where you can get hold of the famous "pintxos", typical of the Basque gastronomy that are becoming more and more popular in cities like Madrid or Barcelona.

Gastronomía Pintxos Euskadi Basque Country

The Ensanche (enlargement) of Bibao cannot be forgotten. On the other side of the estuary, crossing from the Arenal that is an entrance to the Old Town, is one of the most beautiful areas of the botxo (familiar name given to the city). The Ensanche is an area of spacious streets, gardens and parks that are taken well care of. The centre of the Ensanche is Bilbao`s main street, Gran Vía de Don Diego López de Haro, which houses very characteristic buildings and spots of the city: the Diputación Foral de Vizcaya (Vizcaya`s Provincial Government), the Gobierno civil (Civil Government), the Fine Arts Museum (Museo de Bellas Artes), the Guggenheim Museum, the Doña Casilda Park, and the Plaza de Moyúa (Square) among others.

Bilbao metro
Underground by Norman Foster (Metro Bilbao)

A city that with these and many other things has become worthy of the adjectives of cosmopolitan, open and plural. It must be for some reason that Bibao is considered the city in the South of Europe that is most similar to London.

Plaza Bizkaia_Bilbao
Bizkaia Square


Osakidetza building

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