Bilbao Tourism

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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.

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Facts and Stats for Bilbao*

  • Pollution Statistics in Bilbao

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

    • Air Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 27.08 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 22.92 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 20.83 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 20 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 22.73 (Low)
  • Bilbao: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Bilbao for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Bilbao.

    • Burglary and Theft 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 20 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 15 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 40 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 11.67 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 14.29 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 98.33 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 81.67 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 15 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 28.33 (Low)
  • Living in Bilbao - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Bilbao is 187.8 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 81.05 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 95.55 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 27.46 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 40 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 74.42 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 89.72 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 11.76 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 92.62 (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.

  • Cost for Essentials in Bilbao

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.17 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.87 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39.64 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 102.09 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 101.47 USD

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

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