Tourism in Vitoria-Gasteiz - Vitoria-Gasteiz in 1, 2 or 3 days - Day 3
Day 3: Museums and surroundings of the city
In the morning
To start off, visit the Lantern Museum, in Calle Zapatería. It has a beautiful collection of polychrome glass lanterns, which are taken out in procession in the evening of August 4, forming a unique spectacle.
The New Cathedral or María Inmaculada Cathedral is a large neo-Gothic building with impressive stained glass windows and curious gargoyles. A unique building that houses in its ambulatory the Álava Sacred Art Museum.
But if you are more into painting, don't miss the Museum of Fine Arts, on Paseo de Fray Francisco. Both its collection of Spanish and Basque painting and the palace that houses it possess enormous beauty.
Shopping in Vitoria-Gasteiz and Alava is a pleasure. The city combines the craft shops, bookstores and antique dealers - in the old quarters - with specialised shops and department stores.
In the afternoon
If you take the car, take the opportunity to take a short drive to the Sanctuary of Estíbaliz, a jewel of Romanesque architecture that is just a few kilometres from the city. In addition to the building's beauty, at the Álava Romanesque Interpretation Centre you can take a complete tour to find out all about this artistic style.
If you can extend your visit, other places in Álava that you won't forget are Rioja Alavesa or Añana Salt Valley.
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