Incentives in the city
In addition to the following list of incentives in the city, the Conference and Tourism Service of Vitoria-Gasteiz Town Hall has a number of "a la carte incentives" to suit the needs of each conference. For more information and to book activities go to: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: + 34 945 161 520.
"Culture vultures" route - monuments and more
A guided tour around the city's medieval quarter (with its curious almond shape) which, in 1997 was declared a "monumental ensemble". The itinerary includes visits to Renaissance mansions, striking gothic churches, baroque building façades and examples of neoclassical architecture.
The green route
A visit around part of the city's green belt (preferably by bike). A trip around part of the city's green belt and a stopover in Salburua (to enjoy the deer and visit Ataria, the marshlands interpretation centre) is, perhaps because of its uniqueness and beauty, one of the incentives that event-organisers ask after most.
Route for the sweet-toothed
Vitoria-Gasteiz has a centuries-old tradition of cake and pastry making. The "route for the sweet-toothed" which the Tourist Office organises allows visitors to get to know some of the secrets of the city's bakers and at the same time make a traditional Basque desert with the help of one of the Association of Artisan Baker's and Confectioners pastry chefs.
Pintxos (Basque nibbles) route
History and delicious nibbles, a perfect mix for discovering the city centre. Use the bote-pote card which you top up, like a kitty and then go out as a group and use it to pay for food and drinks at those bars that have signed up to this initiative. You can even top-up the card from your mobile phone.
Another option when organising the social part of an event is to follow one of over 20 pintxo-pote routes through the city. This is a Vitoria invention that has been exported to other provinces and consists of going out on a Thursday or Friday evening (depending upon the neighbourhood) and having a nibble (pintxo) and a glass of wine (pote) at a fixed price between 19,00 and 23,00.
Experiencing Vitoria in 3D (3 dimensions: green, history and gastronomy)
This programme includes a visit around part of the city's green belt on a tricycle with a driver or in a bike-rickshaw, a tour of the restoration work at Santa María cathedral in the old quarter and concludes with a show-cooking session in which all the food that is cooked is then eaten by the whole group together with the chefs who prepared it.
In this programme you walk or cycle out to one of the bird hides at Salburúa or the Ullibari-Gamboa reservoirs on the outskirts of the city.
Green city trails for walking or running
Vitoria-Gasteiz is very much a sports-mad city with many jogging. fans. This initiative, arranged together with hotels has a series of 30 to 60 minutes routes starting from the hotels where the conference delegates stay.
Different workshops can be arranged for groups interested in taking a closer look at the folklore and traditions of the Basque country. These include: Basque language and improvised verse (bertsolarismo), Basque pelota, traditional dances and the txalaparta (a Basque musical instrument).
Touching the sky
In this initiative balloon flights provide a birds-eye view of the city and its surroundings.
Vitoria-Gasteiz and The Way of St James (Camino de Santiago)
A guided tour through the city and its surroundings following the St James trail marks.
This group initiative takes delegates to see a basketball match at Buesa Arena where they will be allowed into the VIP room to enjoy some delicious food as part of the experience.
Workshops adapted to the requirements of conference delegates which can include practical dessert making for small groups, wine tasting, mini wine/food combination courses with the best wines of Rioja Alavesa and txakoli young wine, cooking parties or show-cooking at one of the catering schools.
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