Bilbao is a city in the province of Biscay, in the autonomous community of the Basque Country, in northern Spain. Covering 40.65 sq km (15.7 sq mi), it has a population of around 355,000 (2011 estimate), making it the largest city in the Basque Coountry. Bilbao is within the Greater Bilbao Metropolitan Area, which has some 880,000 people and is the fifth most populous conurbation in Spain.
Bilbao Guggenheim Museum
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The area around Bilbao has been settled since prehistoric times. Remains of an ancient settlement has been discovered on top of Mount Malmasin. It dates from the 3rd or 2nd century BC.
The modern town of Bilbao traces its foundation to the 14th century. In 1602 it became the capital of Biscay. By the 17th century it was one of the wealthier cities in Spain, thanks to large deposit of iron ore and commercial ties with England and the Netherlands.
Today Bilbao is a city transitioning from an industrial city to one based on services. The urban area has undergone renewal with the construction of a number of iconic buildings such as the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum, the Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall, and others.
Going to Bilbao
Bilbao Airport (BIO) receives regular flights from a number of countries in Europe. Among the airlines flying there includes Air France, Air Berlin, Iberia, Lufthansa, AerLingus and Spanair.
There are trains connecting Bilbao with Madrid, Barcelona and other cities in Spain.