- Population: approx. 350,000
- Distance from Madrid: 250 miles
- Distance from Paris: 500 miles
Bilbao is a welcoming medium-sized city praised for being a very lively, yet safe place to live. Bilbao is located in northern Spain near the French border and has an international airport with direct flights to most large cities in Europe. Bilbao is the largest city in the Basque Country, yet it is an extremely walkable city with a great world-class metro system that is efficient and safe. You will enjoy strolling by the river promenade and the medieval streets of the Old Quarter, full of shops, restaurants, and coffee houses. If you prefer to ride a bike, there is a bike path all along the riverfront and through the main streets of the city. Bilbao has a strong business community and is also a reference for research, trade and innovation.