Greater Bilbao

Not to be confused with the metropolitan area of Bilbao, which includes this region.
Greater Bilbao
Country  Spain
Autonomous community Basque Country
Province Biscay
Capital Bilbao
  Total 361.3 km2 (139.5 sq mi)

Greater Bilbao (Basque: Bilboaldea, Spanish: Gran Bilbao) is an administrative division of the province of Biscay, in the Basque Country, Spain. It is one of the seven comarcas of Biscay and the most populated one. The capital city of Greater Bilbao is Bilbao.

Greater Bilbao is made by the municipalities situated along the Estuary of Bilbao which themselves form a conurbation, which metropolitan area is the fifth most populous in Spain.


Greater Bilbao (in blue) within Biscay.

Greater Bilbao, or Bilboaldea, is located at the northwest of the province of Biscay, limiting with the comarcas of Enkarterri in the west, Mungialdea and Busturialdea in the east, Durangaldea in the southeast and Arratia-Nerbioi in the south. The Bay of Biscay limits at north.


Gran Bilbao real color image taken by NASA's Landsat satellite.
Infrared image taken July 5th 2000 by ASTER sensor on board NASA's Terra satellite. Reddish areas are vegetation zones, dark blue zones are water bodies, white zones are clouds, their shadows can be clearly seen and greenish pixels denote the densely urbanized areas beside the Nervion river. Source: Earth Observatory (NASA).

Greater Bilbao can be divided into six subcomarcas or subregions:


Sheep, field and farmhouse in Leioa, and buildings of Santurtzi on the background.

Greater Bilbao is divided into 25 municipalities, being Bilbao the capital city. The 25 municipalities, among some others, make the Metropolitan Area of Bilbao.

# Municipality Population Territory km2
Abanto Zierbena 9,647 18
Alonsotegi 2,835 16
Arrigorriaga 12,435 22.8
Barakaldo 100,502 24.3
Basauri 42,657 7.2
Bilbao 354,860 41.2
Derio 5,307 7.4
Zierbena 1,382 9.1
Etxebarri 9,171 3.3
Erandio 24,262 18.0
Galdakao 29,226 31.7
Getxo 80,770 11.9
Larrabetzu 1,874 21.5
Leioa 30,079 8.5
Lezama 2,465 16.5
Loiu 2,290 15.3
Muskiz 7,216 21.5
Ortuella 8,520 7.7
Portugalete 48,105 3.2
Santurtzi 46,978 6.7
Sestao 29,476 3.5
Sondika 4,536 6.3
Trapagaran 12,353 13.1
Zamudio 3,203 18.1
Zaratamo 1,735 10.0

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