Tourism in Vitoria-Gasteiz - Reasons to visit us


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  1. Vitoria-Gasteiz's Old Quarters - a monumental site.
  2. Guided tours to the restoration work in Santa María Cathedral.
  3. BIBAT. Fournier Playing Card Museum.
  4. ARTIUM: Contemporary Art Museum.
  5. Green Belt: Salburua. Ataria: Salburua Interpretation Centre.
  6. Palaces in Vitoria- Gasteiz.
  7. Medieval City Wall of Vitoria- Gasteiz.
  8. Saint Jacques way in Vitoria- Gasteiz.
  9. Lamp museum.
  10. Gastronomy: Farmerás market.


Vitoria-Gasteiz is the provincial capital with the highest density of green areas per inhabitant. For example, we have planted over 130,000 trees belonging to 150 different species. The city is also surrounded by a Green Belt which can be toured on foot or by bike. All this has contributed to Vitoria-Gasteiz being appointed European Green Capital 2012.

Wide-ranging and varied agenda

Another good reason to come to Vitoria-Gasteiz is to attend the cultural and sporting events the city offers throughout the year.
Some of the activities that you must not miss are the Games Festival, the Jazz Festival(Opens in new window), the International Theatre Festival, puppets or the Azkena Rock Festival(Opens in new window). In addition, we cannot forget to mention the different events related to wine and nanogastronomy.

Monumental city

The medieval district, declared a monumental site in 1987, is one of the most beautiful and best preserved in the north of the peninsula. The city also offers remarkable artistic examples, from Gothic to Neoclassical.


Shopping in Vitoria-Gasteiz and Alava is, believe us, a pleasure. The city combines the craft shops, bookstores and antique dealers - in the old quarters - with specialised shops and department stores.


In Vitoria-Gasteiz you may sample from the most traditional dishes of the local gastronomy to the most advanced creations of the new Basque cuisine. There is a wide range of restaurants, steakhouses and ciderhouses. There is also a great offer of pintxos and lots of occasions to try them, such as the pintxo or casserole week.

Beauty and modernity

The expansion of the city in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries has managed to adapt its aesthetic tradition to current needs, creating architectural elements and structures of remarkable beauty.


Many testimonies of the city's history, art, nature and even the industrial tradition can be found in the collections of the museums of Vitoria-Gasteiz. A wide and attractive range of possibilities is open to anyone interested in this cultural aspect.

Festivities and traditions

The citizens of Vitoria celebrate their festivities all year round. The main festival is that of the patron saint - the Virgen Blanca (White Virgin) - which takes place from the 4th to the 9th of every August. All celebrations feature Basque traditions and sports: from pelota to stone lifting...

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