7 reasons to visit us - Tourism in Vitoria-Gasteiz
Discover a city with over eight centuries of history, with 42 square meters of green areas per habitant and an extensive wine and fine food tradition. Here are seven spaces and proposals for enjoying Vitoria-Gasteiz.
1. Plaza de la Virgen Blanca
Whether you're visiting us for the first time or you want to rediscover the city, you simply can't miss this central square and everything that surrounds it: the Battle of Vitoria Monument - the most international episode in our history -, the Church of San Miguel, the local businesses, bars and restaurants... and a plant sculpture for your selfie!
2. Guided tours of the Santa María Cathedral
The tours around its restoration works allow you to visit every nook and cranny of this temple, from its foundations to its tower, which offers the best panoramic view of the whole city. It was declared a World Heritage Site in the context of the inner northern route of the St. James' Way.
3. Medieval Quarter
The city has one of the best preserved medieval quarters in Spain. It retains the configuration of its streets in the shape of an almond and walking through them allows you to admire the medieval citywall, the main Gothic temples and you can also visit unique museums such as the BIBAT Card and Archaeology Museum, or follow the route around the city murals.
4. Sustainable city
The city is surrounded by a Green Belt made up of large parks, notably the Salburua wetlands and their Ataria interpretation centre. The Europa Congress Hall is located along the Interior Green Belt of Avenida Gasteiz, with the vertical garden of the Europa Congress Palace. And the Florida Park deserves a special mention, created in 1820 and the long-standing icon of a city that has been named European Green Capital and Global Green City.
5. Wine and fine food with its own special taste
Pintxos, traditional dishes and sophisticated offerings make the local gastronomy one of the fundamental reasons for visiting the city. Not to mention the Rioja Alavesa wines and txakolifrom Álava, our confectionery tradition and the Produce Market, a highlight where you will find local products, workshops and gastrobars in the heart of the city.
6. Artium Museum-Centre of Contemporary Art
The Artium collection is home to over 3,000 works of art by artists such as Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró or Eduardo Chillida. It also contains the work of contemporary artists such as Cristina Iglesias, Elena del Rivero or Miquel Barceló. The centre-museum offers guided tours focussed on the temporary exhibitions and other à la carte options.
7. Sport in the green capital
The city is made for sport thanks to its green areas and its extensive network of facilities: paddle courts, tennis courts, golf courses, an ice rink... It's well worth attending the local teams' basketball or football matches and experiencing the most authentic elements of our culture at the rural Basque sport exhibitions during the local holidays.
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