The Congress will be celebrated in the city of Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain).

Where is Bilbao?

With a surface area of 41.50, the municipality of Bilbao is located on the Basque threshold, the range between the larger Cantabrian Mountains and the Pyrenees. The city was founded by Diego López V de Haro in 1300 and is located 404 kilometres from Madrid (4 h), 120 kilometres from the French border (1h.20 min.). A 2 hours flight separates it from London.

How many people live in Bilbao?

Bilbao is the largest city in the province of Biscay and in the Basque Country as a whole. It is also the largest city proper in northern Spain. Bilbao is the tenth largest city in Spain, with a population of 345,141 as of 2015. The Bilbao metropolitan area has 1,037,847 inhabitants, making it one of the most populous metropolitan areas in northern Spain; with a population of 875,552 the comarca of Greater Bilbao is the fifth-largest urban area in Spain. Bilbao is also the main urban area in what is defined as the Greater Basque region.

Is the city safe?

One of the safest of the country, with an extremely low accident rate. One of the attractions of its lively nightlife is that you can enjoy yourself without any problems until very late at night. Just take the same basic precautions as for any other trip.

What is the weather like in Bilbao?

Bilbao and its metropolitan area has an oceanic climate according to the Köppen climate classification with mild winters and warm summers.

The climate of Bilbao and the rest of the north-western part of Spain (the so-called Green Spain) is different from the rest of the country, characterized by a higher amount of rainfall and precipitation days, fewer sunshine hours and mild temperatures, in summer comparable to northern half of Europe with temperate climate.

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