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The Bilbao effect

Cities where tradition and avant-garde come together

In the past few decades, Bilbao underwent a radical transformation, turning into one of the most innovative and cosmopolitan cities in Europe. In the city centre, traditional architecture meets avant-garde design in perfect harmony – a model that has travelled to other cities around the world.

The estuary of the river Nervión is the city’s backbone. On its banks you will find some of the icons of Bilbao’s industrial past and futuristic present: the Bizkaia Bridge in Portugalete, the stately mansions in Getxo, the port in Santurtzi, and others.