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Bilbao is a contemporary city and the largest in northern Spain so its charm and navigability often come as a surprise to visitors. Those who have been to Bilbao know that it is a truly unique place where modernity blends with a rich local culture. Below are some reasons why Bilbao is a modern cultural hub and a wonderful place to live and study!

Bilbao is hosting international events

This year the spotlight is on Bilbao for many important international events including the 2018 rugby finals and MTV Europe Movie Awards! Bilbao?s friendly citizens, clean streets, and easy access to and from international destinations make it the perfect place to host these large events.

Bilbao is home to the University of Deusto

The University of Deusto is the oldest private university in Spain and is located in the heart of Bilbao. The university has a wide range of course options and the student population fosters a young and forward-thinking dynamic in the city. Check out this ISA Today post about why the University of Deusto is an ideal host university. You can also view the complete course listing!

Bilbao has beautiful architecture

The architecture in Bilbao is also unique and varied with buildings in the Casco Viejo, Bilbao?s historic old quarter, that date all the way back to the 1400s. Just across the river from the narrow streets of the charming old quarter are many modern buildings like the Iberdrola Tower and the San Mames soccer stadium. Though there are many beautiful buildings in Bilbao, the famous Guggenheim museum is the most iconic in the skyline. Check out this ISA Student Blog post to learn why this building is so important to the city.

Bilbao is winning awards

Don?t just take our word for how great Bilbao is; many institutions have also been highlighting this city in recent years. The San Mames soccer stadium is becoming a prominent location in the soccer world and was even awarded 2017?s Venue of the Year from the World Football Summit. The Academy of Urbanism also highlighted Bilbao, taking into account social, economic, and environmental factors to name Bilbao 2018?s European City of the Year!

Bilbao is known for culinary arts

Spain is known internationally for its delectable food and Bilbao is one of the country?s top culinary destinations. Given Bilbao?s prime location between the mountains and the sea, the rich Basque dishes are made with some of the nation?s freshest ingredients. Students in Bilbao have a chance to get hands-on experience with some notable dishes in the popular course Spanish through Gastronomy.

Bilbao is walkable

Though a large city, many neighborhoods in Bilbao are accessible by foot, contributing to unbeatable hometown vibe. Take a look at this ISA Today post to learn what one visitor saw walking around Bilbao in just one evening!

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