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Pintxos route
A typical sample of the Basque gastronomy are the “pintxos”. These small delicacies are also called miniature cuisine. You have to taste the dishes and pintxos that made us become the Spanish capital of gastronomy!

De pintxos – Tourism in Vitoria-Gasteiz
The best routes and the best pintxos in Vitoria-Gasteiz

Typical gastronomy
Okay, the “pintxos” are delicious, but but what else do you eat here? Well, a small list of Alava classics could be:
> Scrambled eggs of Perretxikos
> Snails
> Vitorian stew
> Álava black truffle
> Stuffed leaves
> Potatoes with chorizo
> Broad beans a la Vitoriana
> Foal meat from the Alavesa Mountain
And for dessert: GOXUA!
All we washed down with the Rioja Alavesa wines the txakoli from Alava and the traditional beers and liqueurs of the area.
Platos y productos típicos de Vitoria-Gasteiz
5 platos típicos de Vitoria

Charged batteries
And now that we have loaded batteries, a walk to help us digest these delicacies.
What do we visit?

Cathedral of Santa Maria
Open for work: Visit a cathedral in a different way and sit in a Ken Follet novel. History and architecture hand in hand in this building, emblem of the Gothic in the Basque Country.
Santa María Cathedral Foundation

The Cordón house
The commonly called Casa del Cordón is a monumental house or palace located on Calle Cuchillería. It owes its name to the cordon of the Franciscan order of the arch of one of the twin entrances of the house.
The Cordón house

Medieval wall
The wall of Vitoria fortified the town in the Middle Ages, and its construction took place at the end of the 11th century. Approximately half of the total volume is conserved, and it was recovered at the beginning of the 21st century, which received the prize awarded by the organization Europa Nostra in 2010. Guided tours can be arranged through the Fundación Catedral de Santa María.
The Wall (made of cedar wood) by Vitoria Gasteiz

The Escoriaza-Esquivel Palace
Fernán López de Escoriaza, physician to King Henry VIII of England and, later, to Emperor Carlos V, and his wife, Victoria de Anda and Esquivel, ordered the construction of this palace in the mid-16th century.

Due to its architectural and ornamental wealth, it is one of the best examples of Renaissance civil architecture in the Basque Country.
Palacio Escoriaza-Esquivel

Sunset over Vitoria
On the Plaza del Machete, next to the Villa Suso Palace, you can enjoy the views of a spectacular sunset over the “skyline” of the city with the New Cathedral silhouetted by the colors of the sky.

Plaza del Machete
Located in the southern area of ​​the Medieval Town of Vitoria and around the Church of San Miguel and Los Arquillos, a corner steeped in history where the legend was engraved in its name.
Plaza del Machete

Plaza de los Fueros
Monumental complex built in 1981 by sculptor Eduardo Chillida and architect Peña Ganchegui. It has become a place for meeting and leisure. Find the sculpture of the Fueros de Chillida and the sports and cultural activities that this space houses.
Plaza de los Fueros
Plaza de los Fueros de Vitoria Gasteiz

Dona Otxanda’s Tower: Natural Science Museum
The Dona Otxanda tower is a beautiful building topped by battlements. It is one of the many defensive structures in the walled nucleus of Vitoria. At present, it is home to one of the many museums in the capital of Alava: The Museum of Natural Sciences.
Torre de Doña Otxanda
Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Álaba

Plaza de la Virgen Blanca
The Plaza de la Virgen Blanca is today the quintessential meeting place for people from Vitoria and the heart of the city. Also known as Plaza Vieja, it was part of the suburbs and outside markets were formerly held there.  It was built in the 17th century, in the central part it houses the monument to the battle of Vitoria against Napoleon’s troops. For centuries this was and remains the heart of the city.
Plaza de la Virgen Blanca
Historia plaza de la Virgen Blanca

Route of the murals
Vitoria-Gasteiz’s muralistic itinerary, IMVG La Ciudad Pintada, is a gallery of murals in the heart of the city, in its medieval quarter. Contemporary expression manifested in monumental art, carried out by artists and residents of the city collectively.
Un paseo por los murales
La ruta de los murales
Ruta de los murales de Vitoria Gasteiz

Abastos Market
The renewed food market in the city brings together the best fresh produce stalls, with a spectacular offer of gastrobars and a panoramic terrace.
Mercado de Abastos, centro temático de la gastronomía
Mercado Abastos

Florida Park
The Florida garden located in the heart of the city, is the most emblematic park in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Created in 1820, its design is inspired by the style of the French romantic gardens of the time. It houses the headquarters of the Basque Parliament and a small botanical itinerary.
Parque de la Florida

The New Cathedral
The Parish of Mary Immaculate is commonly known as the New Cathedral. One of the last great cathedrals built in the country, in the first half of the 20th century and in a neo-Gothic style, with a risky history. It is an incomplete construction whose main value lies in the sculptural wealth of the modernist style. Regular worship is celebrated in the beautiful crypt under the ambulatory.
Catedral de María Inmaculada

Artium, Basque Center-Museum of Contemporary Art
Dedicated to art and culture, it has an important collection of Basque and Spanish art from the 20th and 21st centuries, in addition to its temporary exhibitions. The building is a unique construction whose three-quarters are below street level, in what was once the city’s bus station.
Artium

Fine Arts Museum

Located in the Augustin-Zulueta Palace on the beautiful Paseo de Fray Francisco. A 100-year-old building that has had important reforms and that stands out for its beauty surrounded by gardens, willows and steps … It contains works by Zuloaga, Salvador Aspiazu, Maestu, Amárica and Díaz de Olano.

Museo de Bellas Artes de Álaba

Green Ring
In addition to the great amount of green areas in parks within the city, the “Green Capital” has “El Anillo Verde”: a set of peri-urban parks of high ecological and landscape value linked strategically by eco-recreational corridors. Sounds important, right? Just enjoy hiking its trails!

This ambitious project that began in the early 90s was selected by the UN among the 100 best world performances in the III International Contest of “Good Practices for the improvement of the living conditions of cities”. It has 6 consolidated parks: Armentia, Olarizu, Salburua, Zabalgana, Zadorra and Errekaleor.
Anillo Verde
Wikipedia Anillo Verde

Armory Museum
The Armory museum is located in former premises of the Ajuria Enea Palace: it shows the history and evolution of weapons from the origins of humanity to the beginning of the s. XX. The section dedicated to the battle of Vitoria (1813) deserves special attention, illustrated with interesting materials directly related to this event.
Museo de Armería

Ice skating
Located next to the Salburua wetland and the Fernando Buesa Arena Basketball Pavilion you will find the ice rink.
Bakh

Concerts
The main venues where you can enjoy live music throughout the city are:
> Sala Jimmy Jazz
> Sala Kubik
> Sala Helldorado
> Sala The Garage
> Sala Urban Rock Concept
> > Fernando Buena Arena Pavilion
> Iradier Arena

Congress Palace and Avenue
The Europa Palace is the dean of the Euskadi congress palaces and icon of sustainable architecture. Following a recent eco-architectural reform, the building has received the LEED Gold certificate from the Green Building Council of the United States. It is the ideal space for any congress event. Do not miss the vertical garden on its facade and the “green” avenue.
Palacio de congresos Europa
Palacio de congresos

Sculptures and emblematic photos
Walking through our streets you will discover the elements that have become emblematic of the city and that deserve a good snapshot:
> The walker
“La Reflexion”, also known as “el Torero”
> The looks: curiously, the statue in the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca and the one in the Plaza del Museo Artium share a name despite their differences
> Celedon statue on the balcony of San Miguel
> The Ken Follet bust in the Santa Maria Cathedral
> The statue to Wynton Marsalis in the florida park
> The bronze crocodile and rhinoceros behind the New Cathedral

From Vitoria
Traditional crossroads between North and South and an important political and commercial square since medieval times, the city is located at a strategic point that allows travelers to visit not only our old Gasteiz but also the most interesting enclaves in the region: Rioja Alavesa, the Llanada Alavesa, foothills of the Gorbea … And to take trips to the nearest cities: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona, ​​Logroño, Burgos.
You can take advantage of the exceptional location to make day trips:
> Bilbao: 50 minutes by bus.
San Sebastian: approximately 90 minutes by bus or train.
> Logroño: 60 minutes by bus.
> Pamplona: 50 minutes by train.
> Burgos: about 90 minutes by bus or train.
And of course, you can take advantage of visiting our province.

The Llanada
La Llanada has always been a land of meeting and crossroads. The region offers visitors interesting routes to discover its historical heritage: megalithic monuments, those of the itinerary of the Camino de Santiago inland, such as Gazeo or Alaitza, the walled old town of Salvatierra, the Renaissance Palace of the Larrea in Argómaniz, the tower of Mendoza …
As for nature, the mountains that delimit the Llanada to the north,  Aizkorri-Aratz Natural Park, and to the south, Entzia e Iturrieta, offer ample possibilities for hiking. In addition, around the Ullibarri-Ganboa reservoir you can enjoy the Garaio Park, with bathing beaches and the  Mendixur Ornithological Park, an ideal enclave for bird watching.
La Llanada

Salinas de Añana
The Añana salt flats, located at 30 km. from Vitoria-Gasteiz, are one of the oldest salt factories in the world, with more than 6,500 years of history. One of the most spectacular and best preserved cultural landscapes in Europe: the Salt Valley has been a World Agricultural Heritage since November 2017, the only landscape with this distinction in all of Europe.

Nor should we forget that Salinas de Añana is much more than its salt factory, since, in addition to being the gateway to Valdegovía and the Valderejo Natural Park, it has important archaeological remains from the medieval period that are being studied and recovered.
Valle Salado

Gorbeia natural park
The Gorbeia Natural Park – the largest in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country – keeps within it a host of natural and cultural treasures. The most typical excursion is to ascend to the famous Cross. There are very different landscapes of steep rocks, soft pasture areas, or beech and oak forests.
Parque natural Gorbeia

Rioja Alavesa
Take part in wine tourism in the most prestige designation of origin of wines in Spain, in small medieval towns settled on hills with walls and emblazoned houses, avant-garde architecture … Are you going to miss it? No way!
Rioja Alavesa

Route of the Romanico Alaves
In the beautiful Alava regions of Valles and Llanada, in a strip of territory that registers the province from west to east, very close to Vitoria, it finds an exceptional Romanesque heritage: more than 240 temples with Romanesque elements make up an entire historical territory for discover and enjoy both on your own through the “Routes of the Romanesque”.
Ruta de 2 días

Santa Catalina botanical garden
This small treasure is hidden in the shelter of the mountains, in the Sierra de Badaia, in the town of Trespuentes. a corner of singular composition, in which we find a beautiful fusion of nature, architecture and history.
Jardín botánico

Leze Cave
Located between the towns of Ilarduia and Eguino, and in the provincial park of the same name, La Lece is a ravine-cave that crosses from north to south a whole limestone massif located in the Sierra de Altzania, dividing between Gipuzkoa and Álava. In all this area, ideal for lovers of climbing is the Ilarduia and Eguino climbing school.
Leze Ravine

Nervion waterfall
The largest waterfall in the Iberian Peninsula. We recommend visiting it after a heavy storm, frequent rains or next to the thaw. If we do not do it under these conditions, we are in danger of finding a large gorge without water, dry, even in winter.
Itinerary
Routes

Golf
Álava is a privileged area for golfers: there are four golf courses with different characteristics to enjoy a match surrounded by nature and unique landscapes.
Play golf

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