Gateway to Basque Country

Passenger numbers and facilities have grown at Bilbao Airport, reports Sebastian Schmitz, as the riverside city and surrounding countryside have become established on the tourist trail.

Bilbao was once a gritty, industrial port city. It was an important economic ‘workaday’ place, but not in the travel brochures. Bombings and assassinations by the Basque separatist movement, ETA, did nothing to promote the region. Apart from the mundane seaside resort San Sebastían, the Basque Country was a jewel known only to insiders.

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