The municipality of Bilbao is in the Province of Biscay in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country. Bilbao city is the capital of the Province of Biscay it is the largest city of its Autonomous Community and the tenth largest in Spain.

The Basque Autonomous Community consists of three provinces, Álava (capital:Vitoria-Gasteiz), Biscay(capital: Bilbao), Gipuzkoa  (capital: Donostia-San Sebastián)

Politically, the Basques in Spain have a great deal of autonomy. They control their own police force, industry, agriculture, taxation, and media. However, Basque Country is not yet independent.

The Basque people have inhabited the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains around the Bay of Biscay in northern Spain and southern France for thousands of years. They are the oldest surviving ethnic group in Europe.

The Basque language is spoken by 650,000 people in Spain and 130,000 people in France, most are bilingual in either Spanish or French.

Bilbao is in the North Central part of Spain and about 14 kilometres South of The Bay of Biscay. The singular location of Bilbao means it can continue to grow and the original population have spread out on both sides of the river “ría del Nervión”.

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Bilbao is a dynamic city, full of amenities and focused on environmental and urban regeneration. With its lands freed from the old industrial settlements, the city is now undergoing a new physical transformation, becoming more and more appealing to visitors. The impressive Guggenheim Museum and the Euskalduna Palace, a conference and music centre, have become the icons of the new Bilbao, a city that is gradually regaining space and handing it back to the people.

North of Bilbao there are several lovely beaches, for instance the Playa de Arrigunaga in the municipality of Algorta next to Getxo, or the Playa de Barinatxe Salvaje in Sopelana, which is known as a paradise for wind-surfers.

Biscay is the province of which Bilbao city is the capital and is located just south of theBay of Biscay.

In the West of the province of Biscay is Portugalete, where there is the famous “Puente Colgante de Vizcaya”  (Hanging Bridge of Biscay), the oldest still-functional funicular railway in the world. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Along the coast to the east is the village Plentzia, with a beautiful marina, a picturesque old town with old fishermen’s houses, and a sandy beach.

The fishing village of Bakio  is situated very nicely and is known for its excellent beaches. Just east of Bakio are three sandy beaches: Sukarrieta, Playa de Laga and Playa de San Antonio.

A coastal town which is well-worth seeing is Elantxobe, with houses that were built almost vertiginously on a slope.Next to it there are the small and peaceful village of Ea and Lekeitio, probably one of the most beautiful coastal towns of Cantabria with a lovely old town, dominated by the Gothic church “Iglesia de Santa Maria”, and beautiful beaches opposite to the island of San Nicolás.

Next along the coast is Ondarroa, with the most important deep-sea fishing port of the entire Basque coast. It also has a very nice long beach, Playa de Santurrarán. Zumaia which is a holiday resort with a beautiful old town which is crossed by a river. In the museum “Ignacio Zuloaga”, located in the former home of this well known Basque artist (1870-1945) many of his works are on display.

Getaria, situated 20 kilometres west of San Sebastián, is the birthplace of the navigator Juan Sebastián Elcano, who participated in the first circumnavigation led by Ferdinand Magellan. After Magellan’s death Elcano led the last remaining ship home. Worth seeing are the nice port with its lively cafes, the traditional Basque architecture and the church “Iglesia de San Salvador” from 15th century. Getaria is also well-known for its excellent fish-restaurants. The food is best accompanied by “Chacoli”, the classic white wine from the region.

Zarautz was a popular seaside resort already in the 19th Century; we therefore find many beautiful buildings from this era. Along the longest beach on the Basque coast there is a lively beach promenade, with many viewpoints as well as bars and restaurants. Zarautz is also known because here are the school and the hotel of the star chef Karlos Arguiñano.

Finally we get to San Sebastian, a beautiful town located at only 23 km from the french border, where we find one of the best known beaches of all Spain, the “Playa de la Concha”.

Bilbao is a dynamic city, full of amenities and focused on environmental and urban regeneration. With its lands freed from the old industrial settlements, the city is now undergoing a new physical transformation, becoming more and more appealing to visitors. The impressive Guggenheim Museum and the Euskalduna Palace, a conference and music centre, have become the icons of the new Bilbao, a city that is gradually regaining space and handing it back to the people.

North of Bilbao there are several lovely beaches, for instance the Playa de Arrigunaga in the municipality of Algorta next to Getxo, or the Playa de Barinatxe Salvaje in Sopelana, which is known as a paradise for wind-surfers.

Biscay is the province of which Bilbao city is the capital and is located just south of theBay of Biscay.biscay

In the West of the province of Biscay is Portugalete, where there is the famous “Puente Colgante de Vizcaya”  (Hanging Bridge of Biscay), the oldest still-functional funicular railway in the world. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Along the coast to the east is the village Plentzia, with a beautiful marina, a picturesque old town with old fishermen’s houses, and a sandy beach.

The fishing village of Bakio  is situated very nicely and is known for its excellent beaches. Just east of Bakio are three sandy beaches: Sukarrieta, Playa de Laga and Playa de San Antonio.

A coastal town which is well-worth seeing is Elantxobe, with houses that were built almost vertiginously on a slope.Next to it there are the small and peaceful village of Ea and Lekeitio, probably one of the most beautiful coastal towns of Cantabria with a lovely old town, dominated by the Gothic church “Iglesia de Santa Maria”, and beautiful beaches opposite to the island of San Nicolás.

Next along the coast is Ondarroa, with the most important deep-sea fishing port of the entire Basque coast. It also has a very nice long beach, Playa de Santurrarán. Zumaia which is a holiday resort with a beautiful old town which is crossed by a river. In the museum “Ignacio Zuloaga”, located in the former home of this well known Basque artist (1870-1945) many of his works are on display.

Getaria, situated 20 kilometres west of San Sebastián, is the birthplace of the navigator Juan Sebastián Elcano, who participated in the first circumnavigation led by Ferdinand Magellan. After Magellan’s death Elcano led the last remaining ship home. Worth seeing are the nice port with its lively cafes, the traditional Basque architecture and the church “Iglesia de San Salvador” from 15th century. Getaria is also well-known for its excellent fish-restaurants. The food is best accompanied by “Chacoli”, the classic white wine from the region.

Zarautz was a popular seaside resort already in the 19th Century; we therefore find many beautiful buildings from this era. Along the longest beach on the Basque coast there is a lively beach promenade, with many viewpoints as well as bars and restaurants. Zarautz is also known because here are the school and the hotel of the star chef Karlos Arguiñano.

Finally we get to San Sebastian, a beautiful town located at only 23 km from the french border, where we find one of the best known beaches of all Spain, the “Playa de la Concha”.

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