Routes Europe 2018

The route development forum for Europe

Bilbao, Basque Country
22 – 24 April 2018

About Bilbao


Bilbao is located in the northern-central part of Spain, on the Basque border, between the Cantabrian Mountains and the Pyrenees. The largest city in the province of Biscay, it is the beating heart of the Basque Country, with surrounding green hills which provide relief from the hustle and bustle of the centre.

Given its location within the Bay of Biscay, the climate is mild: the perfect weather for exploring the beautiful walkways and bridges along the river.

As the financial capital of the Basque Country, Bilbao is the gateway to the Basque cultural universe. It is an example of urban transformation at a global level and has maintained a number of hallmarks that make it singular and unique.

Bilbao is a captivating contradiction of the old and new. The internationally known Guggenheim Museum and special charm of the Old Town (Casco Viejo), born around the beloved Ria (tidal river) in 1300, are just two of Bilbao’s many fascinating visitor attractions.