A. CASCO VIEJO (The Old Quarter)

Although its area has increased and its buildings have been rehabilitated throughout its seven centuries of existence, the Old Town preserves its original urban structure. There have been times of splendour and times of decadence, coinciding with the economical and social boom of the city or with the urban and environmental decline of the 19th Century. Read more


From the time it was annexed to the Villa at the end of the 19th Century, what was once the parish of Abando became the location for the development the “Ensanche,” or extension, of the city, which crossed the Estuary from the old historic walled enclosure. The incipient bourgeoisie established the model for the occupation of new city lots and the buildings to be constructed on them… Read more


Near the end of the 19th Century, the Bilbao bourgeoisie sought new locations for their residences outside of the Old Town. Powerful families of the time chose the Campo de Volantín for the construction of their palaces and mansions, symbols of their economic and social standing. Some smaller buildings had already been installed in this privileged location along the right bank of the Estuary. Read more


What had once been the parish of Deusto was directly connected with the shipping industry while still a rural area influenced by the farming and livestock sector. The remains of some palace buildings can be found along the riverbank and some farmhouses remain on the mountainsides. During the 1920´s the area was annexed to the city and became a new neighbourhood connected by its famous bascule bridge. Read more


Begoña had its own identity as a parish up until the time it was annexed to the Villa during the expansion boom at the beginning of the 20th Century. From its vigil over the city, the church has been a silent witness to social conflicts and wars which over the years have created the need for continuous reconstruction and restoration… Read more