Bilbao is the capital of Biscay, one of the three provinces in the Basque Country. It is the centre of the socio-economic development and the main driver of the modernisation of the Bay of Biscay; the Nervion River crosses the city. It is the largest and the most cosmopolitan city in the region; it is surrounded by green hills and within close proximity to the coast. Indeed, just 35 km from Bilbao there is a tiny islet by the seashore that happens to be the second-most-visited place in Biscay, namely Gaztelugatxe. The site has served as a natural scenario in several films and TV series, prominent among them Game of Thrones.
Bilbao is well known for its great architectural and infrastructure projects such as the Guggenheim Museum (designed by architect Frank Gehry), the sophisticated underground (Sir Norman Foster), the airport (Santiago Calatrava), the Alhondiga community center (Philippe Starck), the Isozaki towers (named after Arata Isozaki and César Pelli), or the Euskalduna Conference and Music Centre (Soriano and Palacios).
When it comes to high cuisine the Basque Country is one of the best destinations in the world: there are 40 Michelin-starred restaurants! 11 of them are in Bilbao and surroundings.
All of this and more makes Bilbao a privileged destination for visitors.