Bilbao has a very localised gay scene, but a good one. Across the Merced Bridge is the pedestrian area of the old town. (Casco Antiguo) By day, the cobblestone streets are full of people watching terraced cafés. As night falls, the area gives way to a lively gay scene.
Bilbao is situated in the north-central part of Spain. The city is surrounded by two small mountain ranges with an average elevation of 400 metres (1,300 ft).
Bilbao is a vigorous service city that is experiencing an ongoing social, economic, and aesthetic revitalization process, started by the iconic Bilbao Guggenheim Museum and continued by infrastructure improvements, such as the airport terminal and the rapid transit system.