Bizkaia Aretoa


his building is located in one of the most emblematic parts of Bilbao. L-shaped, it opens out onto the estuary and the Guggenheim Museum, right in the centre of Avenida Abandoibarra, between the Padre Arrupe footbridge and the bridge known as the Puente de Deusto. It has a constructed surface area of over 9,000 square meters, spread over six floors. The 2,300 m2 ground floor provides a space for the building's main auditorium, Mitxelena, with room for 441 people, a large 400 m2 foyer, two meeting rooms and a spacious gift shop. The first, second and third floors have an area of just over 1000 m2 and will house the offices of the Vice-Chancellor and the Governing Council, two conference rooms for 161 and 66 people, five exhibition areas and offices for several services of the university. In addition, the building has in its first floor a 400 m2 terrace with amazing views. In the basement there is a car park and several storage rooms.

Nowadays, this building hosts all kind of social, cultural, academic and scientific events. Most of them are organized by the UPV/EHU, but there are also a few organized by external entities. Due to this, Bizkaia Aretoa has become in a reference place for the field of events in Bilbao.

It is an emblematic building designed by the architect Álvaro Siza, who has given priority to "maintaining the scale of the place, respecting cornices and placing the ground floor at the service of the pedestrian, open and permeable, offering views inside with huge wings that integrate the private space in the public area and vice versa". It has a mixed structure of wrought steel and concrete and its northern and eastern façades, which will form the main entrance to the building, are set with huge rectangular windows. The façades leading to the library, to the Deusto bridge and the Plaza Euskadi are clad in white marble, which is also found on the stairs and between the grey handmade tiles covering the main wall.



The conference venue, the Bizkaia Aretoa, is located in the artistic and commercial heart of Bilbao. This is a great spot from where to visit the outstanding buildings of the new Bilbao: projects by Moneo, Siza, Isozaki, Ferrater, Calatrava and Pelli. The venue is a short stroll from the Guggenheim and Fine Art museums and close to the city's commercial nodes: Gran Vía and the Zubiarte Shopping Centre. There is a tram stop right by the venue, which means that in just a few minutes you can visit one of the most intriguing parts of the city, the Old Town. To get there, you can take the tram or walk along the riverside past the Guggenheim Museum, the Calatrava Bridge and the Isozaki Towers. Find out how to get around below:


The closest stop is Moyua (Ercilla-Guggenheim exit). From there, go along Calle Elcano towards the river (in the Abandoibarra direction), with the Central Government building on your left. At the Plaza Euskadi roundabout, take Calle Ramón Rubial and walk down to the Bizkaia Aretoa. It is a 10-minute walk, approximately.  Map of how to get there on foot from the underground station.. Additional information:Metro Bilbao website.


The closest stop is Guggenheim, n front of the Bizkaia Aretoa. It takes a minute to walk there. Additional information:Tranvía Bilbao website.


The nearest car park is the Plaza Euskadi one. he entrance is on Calle Ramón Rubial, a 2-minute walk from the venue.


Bilbobus: Lines 1, 10, 13 and 18 have stops on the Plaza del Museo de Bellas Artes and on the Deusto Bridge (the venue is about 6 minutes on foot from each stop). Lines 13, 27, 38 and 48 have stops on Alameda de Rekalde (stops are about 8 minutes on foot from the venue). Lines 11 and 71 stop at Deusto University (just cross the river over the Pedro Arrupe Footbridge - a 5-minute walk).

Bizkaibus:Lines A2153, A2314, A2322, A3225, A3411, A3516, A3517, A3518 and A3527 stop on the Plaza del Museo (6-minute walk from the venue). Lines A3247 and A3414 have stops on Alameda Recalde (about 8 minutes on foot from the venue) and line A3223 has a stop at Deusto University (cross the river over the Pedro Arrupe Footbridge - a 5-minute walk).

Termibus Bus Station

You can get from Termibus to the Bizkaia Aretoa on foot in about 20 minutes, or take the tram from the San Mamés stop, going in the Atxuri direction.Map of how to get to the venue from Termibus..


RENFE: Abando Station (also known as the Estación del Norte) has an underground rail link (take any train going in the direction of Plentzia) and outside is the Abando tram stop (take any tram in the Basurto direction). If you want to walk from the station to the Bizkaia Aretoa, it takes about 20 minutes. Map of how to walk to the venue from Abando* RENFE provides a 30% discount for the participants. If interested in requesting, write to: info.sep2019@ehu.eus

FEVE: Concordia Station (also known as the Santander Station) is next to Abando Station (RENFE), and so you can get to the Bizkaia Aretoa by the means of transport mentioned above.

EuskoTren: Atxuri Station has a tram stop. If you want to walk from this station to the Bizkaia Aretoa it takes more than half an hour.Map of how to get to the venue from Atxuri Station


To get to Bilbao from Loiu Airport, take Bizkaibus line A3247, a taxi or hire a car.