From 1979, in spite of the industrial crisis that devastated Bilbao, the City Council has promoted a transformation of the city’s development planning, propelling its transition into a thriving service city with its referents in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the Metro, the recovery of the Estuary, the Euskalduna Palace, the Library of Deusto University, the Biscay Hall of the University of the Basque Country, as well as the constitution of the company Ría 2000 (Estuary development society) in 1992.

Bilbao has entered the XXI century with the vocation of a cosmopolitan city, with a metropolitan articulation that integrates its periphery into a common urban fabric. Bilbao has once again turned its structuring gaze towards the Estuary, recovering its banks for its inhabitants’ leisure.