7 good reasons to visit Vitoria-Gasteiz

'Virgen Blanca' square
'Virgen Blanca' square

Discover a city with more than eight centuries of history, with 42 square metres of green spaces per inhabitant and a great tradition of food and wine. Here are seven places and suggestions for you to enjoy Vitoria-Gasteiz.

'Virgen Blanca' square
'Virgen Blanca' square

'Virgen Blanca' square

Whether you're visiting us for the first time or you want to rediscover the city, you can't miss this central square and everything it has to offer: the Monument to the Battle of Vitoria -the most international episode in our history-, the church of San Miguel, the shops and restaurants... and a plant sculpture for your selfie!

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Guided tours of the cathedral

Visits to its restoration works allow you to visit every corner of this temple from its foundations to the tower, which offers the best panoramic view of the whole city. It was declared a World Heritage Site in the context of the northern inland Pilgrim's Route to Santiago de Compostela.

Medieval quarter of Vitoria-Gasteiz
Medieval quarter of Vitoria-Gasteiz

Medieval quarter

The city has one of the best-preserved medieval quarters in Spain. It maintains the configuration of its almond-shaped streets and walking through them allows you to admire the city walls, the main Gothic temples, visit unique museums such as the Bibat de Arqueología y Naipes, or follow the route of the murals.

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Sustainable city

The city is surrounded by a Green Belt made up of large parks, including the Salburua wetlands and its Ataria interpretation centre. In the Inner Green Belt of Avenida Gasteiz, meanwhile, is the Europa Conference Centre with its vertical garden. And special mention should be made of Florida Park, created in 1820 and which remains an icon of a city that has been named European Green Capital and Global Green City.

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Enogastronomy with a flavour of its own

Pintxos, traditional dishes and sophisticated proposals make the local gastronomy one of the fundamental reasons for your visit to the city. Not forgetting the wines of Rioja Alavesa and the txakoli of Álava, our pastry-making tradition and the Mercado de Abastos, a reference point that brings together local products, workshops and gastrobars in the heart of the city.

Artium

The Artium collection is made up of 3,000 works of art by a long list of artists such as Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Eduardo Chillida. It also includes works by current artists such as Cristina Iglesias, Elena del Rivero and Miquel Barceló. The museum-centre offers guided tours focusing on the temporary exhibitions and other 'à la carte' options.

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Sport in the green capital

The city is made for sport thanks to its green areas and its complete network of facilities: paddle tennis courts, tennis courts, golf courses, ice rink... It is well worth attending the basketball or football matches of the local teams and experiencing the most authentic part of our culture at the Basque rural sports exhibitions during the patron saint's festivities.

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Opening of the Goierri cider season

This year, for the eighth time in the region, the opening of the Goitur cider maker season was organised. The event was a reminder of the existing cider makers in Goierri and their importance in the gastronomic identity of the territory.

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