The origin of the capital of the Basque Country, founded in the 12th century, lies in the small walled village of Gasteiz. Its historic centre, known as the Medieval Almond, was declared a monumental site in 1997. It is a beautiful urban ensemble that will surprise you, with places as unique as the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca or Plaza del Machete.
Vitoria-Gasteiz has grown and expanded around this old village to become a sustainable, modern city with spacious green areas, named European Green Capital in 2012. The Salburua green belt illustrates the environmental sensitivity of this city. In less than an hour by car you will reach the spectacular Cathedral of Santa María, whose interesting rehabilitation works are on display to the public.
The Fiestas de la Blanca are held at the beginning of August. The opening ceremony is presided over by Celedón, a very popular character among Vitoria residents, with his contagious cheerfulness.
You shouldn’t miss:
- A guided tour to discover the history of the Cathedral of Santa Maria.
- Taking a stroll through La Florida Park, influenced by 19th-century French gardens.
- Exploring the network of streets that makes up the so-called Medieval Almond.
- Visiting the Plaza del Machete, one of the central points of the famous Vitoria-Gasteiz Mediaeval Market.
- Visiting the Church of San Miguel Arcángel, a Gothic-Renaissance church built mostly in the 14th century.
- Taking a tour of Salburua Park, one of the most important wetlands in Europe.
- Enjoying the merriment of the Fiestas de la Blanca, which are held in August.
- Savouring an aperitif at one of the terraces located in the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca.
- Stopping by the Vitoria-Gasteiz International Jazz Festival, one of the best in the world.
- Tasting the “vasquitos” and “neskitas”, the city’s typical sweets.