Bilbao Tourism

They original Basque name is Bilbo, but sadly, this has nothing to do with hobbits. People have been around here a while they found 6000 year old graves on Mounts Avril and Artxanda, and human settlement remains from at least 3rd century BC.

Founded in the 1300s, Bilbao soon got a governing body, the Consulate of Bilbao, which leveraged the city’s port to make the city a highly influential Spanish town. Early 17th century discovery of iron deposits in the surrounding hills added greatly to the city’s wealth this allowed it to weather the Spanish economic crisis of the 17th century quite well.

Bilbao’s indomitability is evident from the fact that even though the 1800s saw the city put through many battles and sieges, it nevertheless continued to prosper right through to the 1900s: railways, tourists, and sharp population increases helped in this.

The Spanish Civil War started here, and the city’s highly important bridges were destroyed… only to be built back at once only a handful of years later, when the war had passed. An unsustainable spurt in industrial development combined with terrorist activity led to a severe economic crisis in the second half of the 20th century. Bilbao responded with steady deindustrialization and focused development of the service sector.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Bilbao

  • Know the pollution level of Bilbao before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 27.17 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 23.53 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 45.59 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 27.94 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 7.35 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 22.06 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 23.44 (Low)
  • How safe is Bilbao for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Bilbao.

    • Burglary and Theft 50.61 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 52.5 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 50 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 61.59 (High)
    • Car Stealing 46.34 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 51.92 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 51.25 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 57.5 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 59.38 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 46.34 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 48.78 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 42.07 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 56.41 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Bilbao is 165.51 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 47.15 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 95.65 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 28.17 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 34.08 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 65.14 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 87.37 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 11.73 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 72.93 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Bilbao

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.14 USD
    • International Movie per seat 8.78 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 32.91 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 80.45 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 93.25 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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