Bilbao is the official name of the municipality that was chosen by the Euskaltzaindia that is the regulatory center of the Basque language.
There have been numerous ancient settlements, burial sites and walls that have been discovered on the various mountains that are found in the city with some dating back 6, 000 years. This is one of the towns that was formed with immerse foundational impulse in the 14 century that resulted to 70 % of the Biscayan municipalities. The consulate was created after an order by queen Joan of Castile in 1511. It was made the capital city in 1602. It was one of the main stages of the Carlist wars
Bilbao is found at the Northern tip of Iberian Peninsula close to the Bay of Biscay and covers around 15.70sq mi.
It is found on the Basque threshold and the soil is rich in Mesozoic materials.
The hydrological artery of Biscay is the main river system of the city.
The city enjoys oceanic climate and precipitation all year round.
As of 2009, the city has a total population of 355, 731.
The city is ruled by a Mayor Council government who serve on a 4 year term.
The city has 8 districts, which are divided into various neighborhoods.
Bilbao is the commercial center of the city since it was first formed due to the trade of the Castilian goods. It was enhanced by the introduction of iron and steel mining industries.
Port of Bilbao
This is a first class commercial port, which is among the best ports in Spain.
Mining and iron work
Iron is the most copious raw material that is found in the city. Mining was one of the main activities that were done in Bilbao until the 20th century.
This came to be after the railway between the coastal neighborhoods and the city was inaugurated making the city a reticent beach destination.
When it first came to be the city only has 3 streets that were surrounded by walls. As the city grew, more streets were added forming municipalities.
The buildings that are found in this town showcase several designs from contemporary to gothic architectural plans.
The city has around 18 public parks.
The Basque government is responsible for the education in the country. The city has 2 public universities.
Bilbao has 13 bridges that connect the two sides of the rivers and an AP-8 motorway toll that connects the city to the European road network. It also has bus lines, ferries airport terminal and commuter rail.
The city has a number of concert halls, cinemas, theaters, museums and an opera season. It also has several night clubs.
The main festival that is found in the city is known as Semana Grande.
Football is the main sport that is found in the country. There are also many other outdoor activities that people can take part in like hiking and water sports.