We suggest several routes around the capital of the Basque Country to explore charming parks and places full of history. The Tourist Office and the Vitoria-Gasteiz tourism website are the places where you can find information on these routes around the city, an excellent plan for this time of year.
It is the social centre of the city and a large shopping centre with establishments of all kinds, from century-old shops to a variety of restaurants, cinemas and theatres. The starting point of the route is Eduardo Dato street, the most important street in the Ensanche of Vitoria and the city's commercial artery, followed by Arca square, Casa Pando-Argüelles, Casa de la Música, the Civil Government, Plaza de los Fueros, the Teatro Principal, Casa Fournier and Plaza de la Estación.
Literary routes and corners
Vitoria-Gasteiz has inspired stories, novels that take us on a tour of the city... Several personalities from the world of literature have a strong link with the capital of the Basque Country. An example of this is The White City Trilogy by Eva García Sáenz de Urturi, a novel that was later made into a film by Daniel Calparsoso; the Cathedral of Santa María inspired Ken Follett himself in his novels.
You can relive the history of the city and discover the scenes and characters of that era. In March 2015, the Council of Europe declared the various Napoleonic routes to be European Cultural Routes. The route consists of the Town Hall and Plaza de España, the Arquillos, the Monument to the Battle, Montehermoso Palace, Escoriaza Esquivel Palace, Echanove House, Marquis de la Alameda Palace, Alava-Esquivel Palace, Alava Provincial Council, the Armoury Museum and Napoleon's House.
In addition to the parks of the Green Belt (Salburua, Zadorra, Zabalgana, Olarizu and Errekaleor), there are a large number of green spaces and urban parks. These are wooded and landscaped areas for public use, where you can find ponds, recreational elements, walking areas, fountains, monuments... The Parque de La Florida (La Florida park), among others, is the most emblematic garden in the city. It is well worth a visit.
For those who want to get to know the city through a professional, there are guided tours to explore Vitoria-Gasteiz on routes designed to make the most of a city certified as a Sustainable Tourism Destination, Global Green City and European Green Capital. The Tourist Office will inform you of the various guided tours available.
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