About Bilbao

About Bilbao

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Bilbao is situated in the north of Spain, on the Bay of Biscay. It is the capital of the region of Biscay (or Bizkaia in the Basque language) and is part of the autonomous community of the Basque Country. The city proper has a population of over 370,000. The greater Bilbao area is home to more than a million people. The main languages are Spanish and Basque, but many people speak English.

Bilbao has oceanic climate, which means that there is a lot of rain - even in summer. So, bring your umbrella or rain jacket! The average temperature in summer is 20° Celsius, although is is usually a bit higher in July (25°C).

Bilbao is home to a big port with a history of over 700 years and has profited from being an iron and steel industry hub in the 20th century. The city has several museums, such as the famous Guggenheim Bilbao, that are worth a visit. The city's architecture was revamped in the 1990s. There are many buildings designed by renowned international architects and designers such as Frank Gehry and Phillipe Starck. Sir Norman Foster designed the stations of Metro Bilbao. Do not miss out on the Old Town of Bilbao. In this area, called Zazpikaleak (in Basque) or Las Siete Calles (in Spanish), there are a lot of nice pubs, restaurants, shops and the largest indoor market of Europe, Mercado de la Ribera. Try the famous Pintxos in the various bars of Old Town.

More information about recommended hotels and hostels can be found here. Information about the nearest airports and public transport can be found here. More information about Bilbao's sights can be found here.

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