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rom the town's foundation until the present day, the Ría (Estuary) has played a key role in the development of Bilbao and has been one of Basque Country's economic driving forces.

The fact that it is navigable as far as Portugalete enabled the establishment of important shipyards on its banks until the mid 1980s. Today the Ría still plays a leading role, but now as a source of enjoyment for the people of Bilbao and for visitors. The history of the Ría is the history of its bridges: the San Antón bridge forms part of the city's coat of arms. The Ribera Bridge belongs to the old Bilbao that began to be modernised alongside the La Merced bridge as far as the Arenal bridge which gives onto El Ensanche. Industrial activity obliged some of them to “open up” for passage of heavy shipping. ZUBI ZURI

Bridges and footbridges unite the new and the old Bilbao

THE RÍA

A living artery with a key role in the city

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The Zubizuri and La Salve bridges, integrated into the Guggenheim, the Pedro Arrupe, and the Euskalduna bridge... speak to us of the new Bilbao open to tourism.. The latter is located over the old site of the famous Euskalduna shipyards, where today the Palacio de Congresos y de la Música, declared one of the world's best conference centres in 2003.. Alongside you will find the Ría de Bilbao Maritime Museum and opposite, one of the cranes of the old shipyard: La Carola. Metropolitan Bilbao enables you connect with the enterprising spirit that has always characterized the Basque people. A visit to the surrounding area will bring you closer to its maritime aspect.

Basque Country Tourist Brochure  

In the Basque Country, despite its small size, a huge variety of surprises await you. You can find out more about them in this brochure In a...

Basque Country Tourist Brochure  

In the Basque Country, despite its small size, a huge variety of surprises await you. You can find out more about them in this brochure In a...