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Bilbao today is a prime example of urban restructuring, having transitioned from an industrial city to a city of services and culture.

Discover the urban evolution of Bilbao visually and intuitively by taking a historical look at the most relevant projects undertaken in the process.


In project

Bilbao's transformation has no start and end date, but rather is an ongoing process.

Learn about the projects that will become the new landmarks to consolidate Bilbao as a leading city in urban planning and architecture.


New constructions

For some time now, Bilbao has been unveiling significant urban and architectural novelties.

This section will provide full detail of recent endeavours which are already a part of the New Bilbao.


Heritage buildings

Bilbao has taken great pains to preserve its heritage as much as possible, making renovating and preserving Bilbao's historic buildings a key aspect to combining the new architecture with that of inspired artists of yesteryear.



Modern architecture has raised twenty-first century Bilbao off the ground. As great national and international architects -many of them recipients of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize- left their mark in the form of modern works of art.The city's commitment to world-class architecture is self-evident and has been successful.




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The Tram returns to Bilbao

The transformation of the city has concentrated on improving communications aimed raising living standards, but ever-mindful of our past. So it was that in 1872, and acquiring the name of tranvía de sangre (blood tram), the animal-drawn tram was the first tramway line to begin operation in Greater Bilbao. Regular service ran between Bilbao and the town of Getxo, located on the Right bank of the river, until 1964.

Over a century after the original service began and with an initial budget of €20 million, 27th May 1999 saw the work begin to lay the tracks in the streets for the modern EuskoTran. A clean, efficient and ecological aboveground railway was on its way to being a reality. As with the Bilbao Metro carriages, the tram carriages were manufactured by the Basque company CAF, with each unit measuring 25 metres in length and capable of carrying 192 passengers.

Tram's rute

In 2004, Line 1 was completed, which runs from the heart of Old Bilbao, Atxuri, to Basurto Hospital travelling along the river bank, through Abandoibarra, past the Guggenheim Museum and the Euskalduna Conference Centre. It is a fun and functional means of transport that traverses the city centre in a sustainable fashion, so much so that the Basque Government has already decided to extend the tramway to Ametzola train station in the district of La Casilla. Perhaps in the future it will be possible to fulfil the dream of looping the line back to Atxuri, thus completing a circle which would enable people to travel across the whole city by tram without having to walk a step.

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