Bilbao a city to enjoy also in businesstrip

Bilbao a city to enjoy business

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When I explained last weekend, that my next trip drive me to Bilbao for a Biotech Event (BioSpain 2016) many of my friends were surprised by such location. In fact, none of us had a real idea of how looks like Bilbao. The first image was of course connected to its famous guest, the Guggenheim Museum, for my kids, the famous (only for them) Atletico Bilbao, and from my side a city with Basque gastronomy. But for sure none of us may have envisage that the city is a key industrial asset of Spain.

Bilbao city set near a river connected to the sea and the city is established on a hill landscape, which complex the circulation by car. Up and Down, bridges and tunnels are the keys characteristic of driving in and out Bilbao. I definitively recommend taxi, or subway both cheap and convenient.

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Bilbao Exhibition Center (BEC) is recent and located 10mn taxi from the old city (15 to 20 €), and 4 subway stations. I use always the “Radio Taxi Nervion: (94 426 90 26).

Except if you are an adept of in-room diner, I do no advice you to book hotel near BEC, the area do not have any special interests. For business meeting with local partners outside the city, center remain suitable. Airport is between 15 to 30mn taxi (based on traffic congestion).

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As you know, I always look for interesting, design, boutique hotel, and in Bilbao you have some choice. I install my suitcase for 3 days at Miro Hotel in front of the Guggenheim square and the Nerua river. Nice place to jog or exercise outside, you will find many joggers on the riverside. (for more details on Miro Hotel see my post my experience).

On weather side, I was expected a little warmer, but the area is green (that’s mean water and rains). The place is under the influence of the famous Golf de Gascogne, with an Atlantic influence. Result 1st day rain and heat smog, 2nd day sun, and 3rd mix (rain and sun) end of September.

Bilbao airport is well deserved by Vueling, or all major airlines once a day (Munich, Frankfurt, Paris, London…).

Hotel recommendation price range between 150 to 250€

Hotel Miro, (see my post on the hotel) www.mirohotelbilbao.com

Hotel Melia www.melia.com

NH Collection Villa Hotel www.nh-collection.com

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If you a have one hour to spend, you should walk around the Guggenheim Museum and discover an amazing building design by Frank Gehry, US. The steel and concrete structure is located near the Nerion river, and Gehry created a spectacular structure without it rising above the height of adjacent buildings. The highest part of the Museum is crowned by a large skylight in the shape of a metal flower covering the Atrium, one of the building’s most characteristic features. With 2 hours you could consider to visit the collection and the exhibition.

And you tell me about your favorite experience in Bilbao?

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