Situated in the north-central part of Spain, Bilbao is 14 km (8.7 miles) south of the Bay of Biscay. The urban area of the city is cradled within two small mountain ranges. Bilbao is a city, a municipality, and the capital of the province of Biscay within Basque County. This area is one of most populated regions in northern Spain. Bilbao is home to the Guggenheim Museum. The cities premier tourist attraction, this titanium-faced building offers 19 galleries filled with art from Picasso, Motherwell, Rauschenberg, Still, Tàpies, Warhol, Klein, and de Koonig. You can spend several hours or days within its walls.
Bilbao is the economic centre of the Basque Country. It is home to numerous companies of national and international relevance, including BBVA and Iberdrola. Within the Bilbao municipality there are many options for serviced offices.
Entertainment And Dining Out
For a change of pace, go wine tasting in the area surrounding Bilbao. La Rioja is popular for the Rioja wines, there are several tours to visit wineries, or you can take a cellar tour. The Bilbao Museum of Basque Archaeology, Ethnography, and History is another great place to spend several hours. This museum features Basque exhibits on the early history of the area. You will see handcrafted textiles, weapons, furniture, and pottery, among other interesting items. There are several dining choices in Bilbao, including the restaurant El Arandia de Julen – featuring modern Basque cuisine the creative dishes include choices such as pork chorizo, morcilla (black pudding) and red beans. Restaurante Guggenheim is situated at the museum, and offers Basque nouvelle cuisine with items such as Iberian pork meatballs. Reservations are necessary in the evening, lunch is first come, first serve. El Perro Chico – is a popular Basque restaurant serving items such as hake in béchamel sauce. Reservations are essential.
Located 12 km (7.46 miles) north of Bilbao, between the municipalities of Loiu and Sondika is the Bilbao Airport. This is the busiest terminal in the Basque Country and on the entire Northern coast of Spain. The underground network (Metro Bilbao) has several lines that connect the Bilbao Metropolitan Area. Besides the Metro, there is also a bus network, and tram.