Leioa

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Leioa
Municipality
Leioa town hall
Leioa town hall
Coat of arms of Leioa
Coat of arms
Leioa is located in Spain
Leioa
Leioa
Location in Spain
Basque Country
Leioa
Leioa
Location in Basque Country
Coordinates: 43°19′44″N 2°59′5″W / 43.32889°N 2.98472°W / 43.32889; -2.98472
Country  Spain
Autonomous Community  Basque Country
Province Biscay
Comarca Greater Bilbao
Area
 • Total 8.5 km2 (3.3 sq mi)
Elevation(AMSL) 30 m (100 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 30,626
 • Density 3,600/km2 (9,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (GMT +2) (UTC+2)
Postal code 48940
Area code(s) +34 (Spain) + 94 (Biscay)
Website Town Hall

Leioa (Lejona is the Spanish-language name, and the earlier official name in Spanish language) is a municipality in Biscay, Basque Country, in northern Spain. Today it is part of the Bilbao conurbation. Its population stands at approximately 30400.

History[edit]

It was a village with no more than 8000 people until fifty years ago, when development came its way, as Bilbao expanded. Today with a rapidly increasing population it is becoming part of metropolitan Bilbao.

Features[edit]

The main boulevard in Leioa (Looking south towards Bilbao).

The municipality of Leioa still retains much of its agricultural past and out of the urban centre many traditional Basque houses can still be seen on little family farms. Though rapid development puts their long term future in question. The University of the Basque Country (EHU-UPV Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea - Universidad del Pais Vasco) has most faculties within this municipality.

Metro[edit]

Two consecutive stations of Line 1 of the Metro Bilbao rapid transit system are located in Leioa: Leioa and Lamiako.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°20′00″N 2°59′00″W / 43.333333°N 2.983333°W / 43.333333; -2.983333