Bilbao is a northern port city in Spain and de facto capital of Basque country. It’s ideal for digital nomads seeking a coliving experience in a city of perfect size - not too big and certainly not too small.
Don’t even think about asking for tapas here - in the Basque region they’re called “pintxos.” Meaning “toothpick food,” the correct pronunciation is “peen-chos.” Like many coastal cities in Spain, there is plenty of fish to eat - cod is the regional specialty, which is prepared several ways here.
Bilbao has a temperate, subtropical climate. Temperatures are quite mild, with the high 50s in the winter and high 70s in the summer. Nights are always cool. Like much of northern Europe, the city has high rainfall, giving the region its luscious, green color.
The Guggenheim is undoubtedly the most famous landmark in the city. There are lots to do including visiting Ribera, Europe's largest indoor market. Architecture tours are an awesome idea when visiting - there are several! Remote workers who enjoy music love to find coliving spaces here - when musicians or bands go on tour, they usually stop in Bilbao. The city also hosts a ten-day-long summer festival.
Getting around Bilbao is as easy as any big city - there are busses, subway, and streetcars. Don't worry about getting home because the subway runs all night on Saturdays.
Here are some fun facts about Bilbao:
- The Basque community is fairly autonomous with their own regional government and police force
- The Guggenheim's exterior is covered in around 33 000 titanium sheets, which give off a different color depending on weather and light conditions.
- While the Guggenheim looks like a flower from above, it looks more like a boat when observing it from the ground
- The people of Bilbao are so proud, that in the 18th century, there was a law penalizing ingratitude.
- Basque Country has its own language that is linguistic different from other European languages - 50% of residents speak it