Bilbao, with the Guggenheim Museum as a great international symbol, is the door to the cultural universe of the Basque Country. If there is a Spanish city that exemplifies avant-garde development and architecture, that is Bilbao. Since the Biscayan capital was chosen in 1992 to house one of the Guggenheim Museum headquarters in Europe, its international influence has not stopped growing. Its avant-garde blends with the traditional flavor of its old town, full of charming streets and bars with bars full of pintxos that show that gastronomy is lived with passion here.
Organise your event in Bilbao
We help you to organise your event in Bilbao
Bilbao enjoys a privileged location, just over an hour from France by road and from several medium and large Spanish cities. It also has good communications by sea and air. The airport is 20 minutes from the center by public transport and connects with the main Spanish and European cities, including the main European hubs.
Palace of Congresses and BEC
The Euskalduna Conference Center and the BEC (Bilbao Exhibition Centre) are the main venues for meetings and events in Bilbao. The Euskalduna Palace is located in the heart of the city, just a few minutes from the Bilbao international airport, and superbly connected to the major road, rail and maritime communication routes.
The Palace can be accessed on foot from most hotels and, likewise, it is close to major museums in Bilbao (Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Museum of Fine Arts, Ría de Bilbao Maritime Museum). It offers from office rooms for less than 10 people, to an auditorium with 2,164 seats. A total of 26 rooms of different sizes and characteristics, with equipment. The offer is complemented by a 4,200 m² exhibition hall, multipurpose and divisible.
At the BEC we find 6 pavilions divided by the central atrium with spaces from 5,000m2 to 20,000m2 for holding fairs, back to back, gala dinners; a Congress Center of 18,000 m2 (with rooms from 20 to 1,300 pax) and 20,000 m2 of green and paved areas.
An open-air museum
Bilbao is the capital of the Pritzker prizes, an open-air museum that allows you to explore the architecture of the last century simply by walking. Its artistic, cultural and creative offer stands out: Azkuna Zentroa, ABAO Bilbao Ópera, Teatro Arriaga, and of course, Guggenheim Bilbao, the most international museum that is also open for events and where tablemapping gastronomic experiences have been carried out.
Gastronomy is lived with passion
Plaza Nueva and its surroundings are full of busy bars serving their famous pintxos: small bites of food. There is the option of visiting the Mercado de la Ribera, where they cook whatever you buy or where you can try a selection of pintxos and Txakoli wine.
Sea and mountain
To see Bilbao from above, why not take the Artxanda funicular? The estuary is another great symbol of Bilbao’s regeneration. In the estuary you can organize paddle surfing, rowing activities or explore it aboard a boat to the famous Portugalete Hanging Bridge, declared a World Heritage Site. The beaches and spectacular cliffs of Getxo are just over half an hour away by metro.