Bilbao Travel Guide, Spain
Bilbao, capital of Biscay and largest city in the north of Spain is situated along the banks of the Nervion River. The city is industrially and financially developed and has good trade relations because of its advantageous geographical location. The population of this city was estimated to be around 354,145 in the year 2006. It is a metropolitan city ranking number five in Spain. The city’s nickname “El botxo” is derived from mountain ranges Pagasarri and Artxanda situated in the urban area. Bilbao experiences mild oceanic climate with rain throughout the year and sometimes snowfall in the winters. Bilbao originally being the industrial city is now going through some major changes to promote tourism. These renewals include the new metro system, the expansion of the port of bilbao till the bay of biscay; the Euskalduna concert hall and the Norman Foster airport. Bilbao is well connected by roads and it has over 13 bridges linking to the river. Being situated on the bank of river its most operated port is port of Bilbao 15 km westward from the city centre. For a vacationer Bilbao is a dream come true because of its beaches, forests, landscapes and mountains. Located in the hilly countryside it offers a wide range of sports activities from rock climbing to trekking. It also offers water sports such as beach volley ball, surfing, Para-sailing, scuba-diving, fishing, rowing, canoeing, swimming and many more. The Sopelana and Mundaka beaches are very popular because of their easy access.
Apart from spending time on the beaches one can go for sightseeing as it offers several local tours. Bilbao has a rich history and architechture, which can be spotted on the streets or by visiting the muesuems. The most famous museums are Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro, which exhibits various art forms and Museo Taurino which is a Bullfighting Museum. While visiting Bilbao one should try not to miss the 9 day long festival which is held third week of august every year.
In Bilbao, tourists can find shopping on the Sunday street market as well as big brands in stores, which is a unique experience in itself. Vacationers can purchase antiques and traditional products from the old quarter whereas high street shopping can be done from Rodríguez Arias. While in Bilbao tourists must try various delicacies and local cuisines which are offered by all the prestigious restaurants. Sea-food is a hit in Bilbao and it also has a special custom of drinking wine with appetizers. Bilbao has a variety of nightlife from spending time in bars or dancing all night long on the beach parties and clubs. When it comes to having a great nightlife nothing seems to beat Bilbao.
Bilbao also hosts some annual events for a film buff, from documentary festival and international short film festival which receives an endearing response every year. Bilbao is the most fun place to be as it offers a mixture of fashion, art, history, sports and leisure. It has something in store for everyone.
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