Bilbao is also home to the spectacular Guggenheim Museum and the Fine Arts Museum. These wonderful museums ... More provide visitors with a fascinating glimpse of the history, culture and arts of this region. The Maritime Museum is another major tourist attraction.
The Basílica de Begoña is one of the most symbolic religious buildings in Bilbao and was built in the sixteenth century. The Teatro Arriaga is a magnificent theatre hall that has been painstakingly restored and should not be missed.
Bilbao is situated on the banks of the river Nervión and surrounded by lush green hills and sandy beaches. It has a mild oceanic climate with temperatures rarely going below –1ºC in winters and above 35ºC in summers.
The city has a population of approximately 350,000. Bilbao also has a long and ancient history and culture that dates back to the fourteenth century when it was founded by Don Diego Lopez de Haro V, the Lord of Biscay. The official languages that are spoken here are Euskera and Spanish.
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