An industrial port in the north of Spain, Bilbao is nestled amongst green mountains and is the de facto capital of the Basque country. Its downtown area is awash in skyscrapers and is home to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao that is a shimmering titanium-clad building with its modern and contemporary works. The city will captivate you whether you are into outdoor pursuits, lunching all day or want to check out its staggering architecture, such as the Santiago Calatrava Bridge or a wine storage warehouse that has become a cultural center. Coworking venues have opened up in this contemporary city that wears its historical beginnings like a golden cloak.
You can ooh and aah at the art nouveau train station, peek into the neo-baroque theater or walk into one of the magnificent cathedrals. Beautiful plazas and parks litter the cityscape and riverside promenades are perfect for walking whilst licking that decadent dripping ice-cream. The Basque cuisine will have you unashamedly drooling whether you are sitting in a "pintxo" bar, a family run restaurant or a Michelin-starred affair hiding in a cobblestoned laneway.
Spain boasts of having an education rate of 40.1% and it is home to a number of impressive educational institutions with 3 of its universities in the top 10 of the Financial Times' annual European Business School Rankings for 2017. There are plenty of opportunities for tech savvy entrepreneurs, as Spanish startups grew 7% in 2017 with signs pointing to a consolidation within the startup community. The fear of red tape and failure that has long been a drama for the startup ecosystem and this has been pushed aside by its tech hungry youth in favor of one of optimism.
The attractive lifestyle lures tech geeks from all over the world for its relatively cheap cost of living, the general lifestyle of laid-back vibes with tapas infused night revelry. Its locals are no longer running abroad to pursue their dreams and coworking venues have given them the place to mingle and collaborate with likeminded souls.
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