Bilbao situation in Spain

Bilbao (baskisch: Bilbo) is the largest city of the Basque country and the capital of the province Bizkaia.

It is one of the most important industrie and ports of Spain and has (2004) 352,317 inhabitants (nearly 900,000 in the surrounding countryside).

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geography view over the city

Bilbao Bilbao because of the delta of the Nervión into the gulf of Biscaya (Atlantic).


Diego López V de Haro created the city at the delta of the Nervion on the area of the predecessor church of Begoña to 15. June 1300.


the climate in Bilbao is certain of the damp sea air, which is affected by the Meeresströmungen,with mild temperatures nearly the whole year over. The wind forces are higher in spring or autumn. The middle temperature is 20ºC in the summer and 8ºC in the winter.

population trend

1970 was Bilbo the sixth-largest city of Spain and had 410,490 inhabitants, until 1981 rosethe number of inhabitants on 433.115, but afterwards continued to decrease it until 2003 353,567 inhabitants and 2004 to 352.317 inhabitants.

objects of interest

Guggenheim museum Bilbao
Jeff Koons' Puppy before the Guggenheim museum
Santiago cathedral

into the 1990er years has Bilbao, before off that, an extensive new conception of its city center was appropriate for routistic routes undertaken. Thus a long Metrolinie until 1995, whose stations were sketched by Sir Norman Foster, developed for 28 km.

A further new building the bridge “Zubizuriof the architect Santiago Calatrava represents, to a blown up sail sharedis.

Center of the routistic interest is beside the oldest Schwebefähre of the world over the Nervión until 1997 of the American architect franc O. Gehry established Guggenheim museum. The spectacular museum building from titanium, glass and limestone is one of the most important examples of avant-garde architecture 20.Century world-wide. The museum corresponds with otherwise often the face loose gesichtslos-industriellen shape of Bilbao, by “enclosing” for instance the neighbouring bridge “La salvo” with its walls. Emphasis of the collection is the abstract art, which is shown in changing exhibitions. Before the museum is a work of artissued by Jeff Koons, the Puppy, which is bepflanzt with flowers and actually only in the opening year stand there should. After protests of the population the Puppy was allowed to remain standing however before the Guggenheim museum and each spring with flowers is bepflanzt again, which are sequentially exchanged, ifthey are abgeblüht.

Touristisch in the shade of these new buildings is the animated old part of town of Bilbao (Casco Viejo) with the medieval cathedral, coined/shaped by close roads. The city center exhibits an architecturally interesting mixture of old and new buildings of most diverse style directions.

Further museums are the museumthe beautiful arts (El Museo de Bellas Artes) one of the most important public art museums of Spain, which was only recently reconditioned, and which lain in the old part of town (Casco Viejo) Baski museum (El Museo Etnográfico Vasco) as well as the navigation museum (El Museo Marítimo Ría de Bilbao). A furtherimportant object of interest is the Basilika Begoña (La Basílica de Ntra. Sra. de Begoña).

The multicolored mixed townscape can be designated both and innovatively and and unreglementiert, in all cases is the result city worth seeing and a lively. In addition above all the many parks carryand green areas on the slopes bordering on the city centre, which are fast to foot reached by the center and permit a unique view on the city.

In Bilbao the extremely popular soccer association Athletic club, which is occupied with baskischen players traditionally only, plays oneimportant role.

Athletic Bilbao stadium
Fosterito - entrance to the underground


keel of the public local passenger traffic are the Metro Bilbao (underground) and the strassenbahnlinie EuskoTran. In addition there are several Buslinien, which are operated by Bilbobus and Bizkaibus.

The airport Bilbao does not liein the city, but 9 km far away with the place Loiu, and after the municipality, in which it lies, Sondika one calls.

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coordinates: 43°16' N; 2°56' E


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