In a survey carried out among the inhabitants of the territory of Biscay about how closely they identified themselves with their institutions and companies, it was found in general they considered the Port of Bilbao to be something of their own, as well as important for the economy, something that creates employment and is in continuous renovation.
In the past, the people living on the River banks lived together with the Port, and consequently, they saw it as something close, part of their everyday life, almost at hand’s reach.
Now, as is happening in all European ports, facilities are moving towards the sea, and naturally, town dwellers are losing sight of them.
However, the Port of Bilbao forms part of, and feels integrated in its immediate environment, where it is working as an active agent in the processes of town regeneration, infrastructures development and the promotion of knowledge and sport.
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is built on lands ceded by the Port Authority, which is also a founder partner of the Maritime Museum of Bilbao, whose ends are to contribute to the development of the maritime community by disseminating history and promoting knowledge of the sea and its related activities.
The Port of Bilbao sponsors events such as local regattas, promotes knowledge of the Port’s own activities among professionals and students, and takes part in different meetings such as the European Heritage Days.