Picture-perfect Bilbao is the capital and cultural epicenter of Spains Basque Country. It is the largest city and metropolitan area in northern Spain, and it is also one of the most heavily-industrialized cities in the country. Founded in the fourteenth century, Bilbao became one of the Kingdom of Castiles most important ports by the late Renaissance period. Situated between the Cantabrian Mountains and the Pyrenees, Bilbao is well-known for its temperate climate, as the city experiences cooler and wetter summers compared to other cities in Spain. In the early 1990s, the city government, inspired by the budding urbanist movement, green-lit the development of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which revitalized the entire port area and the downtown area called Abando.
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