Bilbao is a modern and metropolitan city, located in the Basque country, a northern province of Spain that borders the Cantabrian Sea to the north and the Pyranees mountains and France to the east/northeast. Although known in the past as the industrial and financial capital of the north, Bilbao is undergoing tremendous changes these days, including the recent opening of the Guggenheim museum.
Today’s Bilbao is bustling, friendly and beautiful. It is big enough to offer all the diversity and advantages of a city, and yet still small enough to be “maneagable.” One can easily walk almost anywhere–from the “Casco Viejo” (old town) to the shopping and business district, to the Guggenheim and back across the river to the university. A new metro system connects downtown with the surrounding neighborhoods. A good website for information on Bilbao is www.bilbaoturismo.net.
The national currency of Bilbao is the Euro, EUR.