Vitoria-Gasteiz, a novel city

Rutas de novela El silencio de la Ciudad Blanca
Rutas de novela El silencio de la Ciudad Blanca

Discover six stages that will make you live in first person the trilogy "El silencio de la Ciudad Blanca", "Los ritos del agua" and "Los señores del tiempo" by the writer Eva García Saenz de Urtubi.

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"El silencio de la Ciudad Blanca", "Los ritos del agua" and "Los señores del tiempo" are the three novels of a trilogy written by Eva García Sáenz de Urturi, whose plot takes place mainly in Vitoria-Gasteiz and the province of Alava, and to which the film by Daniel Calparsolo is added.

Follow this route to accompany the protagonist throughout her investigations into events capable of turning upside down the peaceful life of a city like Vitoria-Gasteiz and capturing the attention of the international media.

Stage 1. Vitoria-Gasteiz

The silence of the White City has as its epicenter a city devoted to its customs -the novel starts in the middle of the celebration of the Day of the Blouse and the Neska, prelude to the Festivities of the White Virgin- and which is very comfortable to live in. Proof of this are some of the passages of the novel, in which we witness the 'rituals' of its protagonists, which are none other than those of any inhabitant of Vitoria-Gasteiz: going out for pintxos, strolling along the Green Belt...

Stage 2. Vitoria-Gasteiz - Lagrán

We leave Vitoria-Gasteiz towards the Sierra de Cantabria or Toloño, in the shadow of which is Villaverde, where the protagonist grew up "looking at the wall of beech, oak and hazelnut trees" that can be seen in the foothills of these mountains. Villaverde is one of the three villages that make up the municipality of Lagrán. On the way we can stop in Condado de Treviño to visit its "famous abandoned tower" or the enigmatic hermitage of San Vicentejo, "a small Romanesque wonder".

Stage 3. Laguardia - Laguardia

Laguardia is a monumental town through whose arteries runs the fruit of the seas of vineyards that surround it. All of Laguardia is, in fact, full of subway cellars that any visitor can get to know thanks to the routes that are organized, accompanied by wine tastings. Like the rest of the Rioja Alavesa, it is the ideal destination for wine and gastronomic tourism and for getting lost among enormous extensions of vineyards and olive trees among which stand out medieval villas with walled enclosures and ancestral mansions.

Stage 4. San Adrian Tunnel - Sandaili Cave

The Aizkorri-Aratz massif was formerly known as the frontier of evildoers due to the continuous clashes and robberies that took place in these mountains between the inhabitants of Alava and Gipuzkoa. It is a landscape of limestone mountains and endless beech forests whose main accesses are in the town of Araia in Alava and the municipalities of Oñati and Zegama, both in Gipuzkoa. Undoubtedly, a place that will delight all people who love nature.

Stage 5. Deba - San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

The Basque coast is full of places full of magic, as can be evidenced by reading Eva García Sáenz de Urturi. Two such places are the town of Deba, in western Gipuzkoa, and the islet and hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, the scene of pirates, covens and legends, and a place where it is impossible not to fall in love.

Stage 6. Mount Gorbea - Valdegovía

The Gorbeia Natural Park is located between the provinces of Alava and Bizkaia and is the largest of all the natural parks in the Basque Country. Natural waterfalls with vertiginous falls, karstic rocks, long extensions where cattle graze and some of the most impressive beech forests that can be found make this place a space of great symbolic charge. From there we will head to the south of the province, to Valdegovía, at the entrance to another of the must-see natural parks, the Valderejo Natural Park.

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Medieval Center Aerial view

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