Basque sports - Tourism in Vitoria-Gasteiz

Basque sports have a significant presence in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Rural sports, Basque pelota or Álava bowling are the sports with the most tradition in the city and you can’t leave Álava without discovering them.

Álava bowling

Turismo - Bolo alavésOne of the most traditional sports is Álava bowling. You can watch a game any day of the week at the Bowling of the Plaza de los Fueros, located where the Postas and Fueros streets cross. Here, when there are no training sessions or competitions, people are allowed to play freely.

Rural sports

Turismo - herri kirolakRural sports originated from tasks that were carried out in the rural environment. A good opportunity to find out about the different types could be the Virgen Blanca festivities that take place from the 4th to the 9th of August, Olarizu, on the 28th of April in San Prudencio or at the Virgen de Estíbaliz on the 1st of May as you’ll be sure to see matches, competitions or demonstrations.

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Partido de pelota mano Every week in the Basque capital there are competitions(Opens in new window) of the different types of pelota(Opens in new window). A good way to get to know this sport is to head over to the Beti Jai fronton courts.

The fronton courts are next to the Mendizorrotza sports complex and very close to the La Senda Path, the city’s main tourist artery. This path leads to the centre of the city via the Prado Park, passing through the Ajuria Enea palaces (the official residence of the Lehendakari), the Armoury Museum and the beautiful Augustín Zulueta Palace, which is home to the current Fine Arts Museum.

Pelota Facilities

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