Bilbao, with the Guggenheim Museum as a great international symbol, is the gateway to the Basque cultural universe. It is a city that is an example of urban transformation at a global level and has maintained a number of hallmarks that make it singular and unique. Sea and mountain, character and history, tradition and modern architecture meet together in a city that has reinvented itself through the history and is today one of the thriving cities of Europe.
Bilbao is the largest city in the Basque Country (1,000,000 inhabitants), as well as a metropoli and economic and financial centre of the Basque Country. Its flagship is the Guggenheim Museum, described as the best building of the second half of the twentieth century. Today we can find. Works by the world ́s most famous contemporary architects (Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, Isozaki, Zaha Hadid and Philippe Starck).
The so-called Basque universe opens before your eyes in Bilbao. Take a stroll around the beaches of San Sebastian or in Salinas de Añana. Breathe in the Irati Forest or mosey around Vitoria-Gasteiz. Basque Country’s privileged geographic location in the south of Europe, in the green north of Spain, next to France, small in size, with everything close at hand, makes it the perfect all-year-round destination for leisure and business travelling.
You can have a further look on the Basque Country’s by visiting the official website for visitors. The Washington Post recently wrote an extensive report about the Basque Country: Extraordinary people – How one of Europe’s oldest surviving communities, the Basques, preserves and expands its prosperity, its culture and its unique language. Click here to read the full report.