Vitoria is a city made for walking, to enjoy it while strolling around without rushing, without the stress of cars. You find places like Plaza Vieja, where you sense that Vitoria is depicted in the walls of the buildings that border this beautiful and unique space. We contemplate part of ancient Vitoria in the stairs that give way to Gasteiz, we observe the romantic Vitoria, with its houses with white windowed balconies, the strong Vitoria with the incredible statue commemorating ancient battles. We find modern Vitoria where the city widens. The gastronomy, the tapas, is found in the innumerable taverns, bars and terraces; the feeling of the city with the great atmosphere that this square has.
It’s an all inclusive, a beautiful recompilation of the Vitorias that await us. For me it is a unique place, full of life, history, art and culture, where suddenly a group of people start dancing to the sound of traditional music. It is a gathering place for locals, a welcoming place for those of us visiting from outside, and we feel a great warmth in this square. The hustle and bustle, the handshakes, kissing, kids running around, tourists, photographers, and the curious eyes, such as mine, that can’t stop looking all around. When you get there, sit down, observe, enjoy and feel the passion and elegance that this city transmits. I must admit, Vitoria made us fall in love with it!
This park is in the village, and it is where when i fisrt arrived to Vitoria, and I didn't know anything, I went in search of peace and quiet. When I took my camera out, this photograph became one of my first attempts at night photography. Now that I'm settled in at the city, it is still my favorite place. How I made this night picture? Everything was quite dark. ISO 200. With tripod, 25 "exposure. The highway was behind me and I was 2 meters above the camera. You imagine my face when I saw the result of the photo in the camera. I think this helped me to perceive a certain magic in this forest.
Situated high on a hill, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, overlooks the old town of Vitoria. It is a Gothic style cathedral, which grew from a twelfth century church. Due to this there were structural problems from the start. Due to these problems, the Cathedral was closed to the public in 1994, in order to undertake a series of reforms to solve the problems. However now you can visit the Cathedral in a very original way - you go into the work itself and see the restoration work. The visit takes place through scaffolding that crosses the Cathedral. A guide explains everything first hand, such as the reconstruction process and techniques being used. There are still a few years until it will be completed, but it is a unique opportunity to see and learn the whole process. Besides, in what other Cathedral you will have the opportunity to see it from the middle and up high?
Pantano de Landa is a beautiful place that is suitable for swimming and leisure in general, it is a completely green area with all amenities possible such as bars, toilets etc. .. It is used by both Alava and Gipuzkoa given the proximity to these province.
The Humedales de Salburua are part of the green belt around the city. I live very close to this spot, and I love coming here to relax surrounded by animals and plants. In the winter, you can go ice-skating, and in the spring, you can watch the deer during their mating season. A great spot for walking, watching birds, or just enjoying nature, only 10 minutes from the centre of Vitoria.
It is an interesting artistic curiosity in the streets of Vitoria. Up till today, there are about seven buildings that can boast this true works of open air art, but slowly, many facades of Vitoria-Gasteiz are awaking from their insipid life and becoming living stone, full of colors.
As you stroll through Gasteiz you discover secrets that you won’t find in the typical tourist guides. It is worth to spend as much time as possible there and enjoy this street art that is transforming the old downtown of Vitoria while discovering the delights of this beautiful city.
A curious statue precedes the entrance to the Vitoria Cathedral: a thoughtful Ken Follet who seems lonely and melancholic in the middle of the great plaza. When you go near, it is surprising to see him have a media celebrity air, a “because I’m worth it” kind of look.
All jokes aside, the statue, the surroundings and the plaza constitute one of the most charming corners of the old Gasteiz.
Once we finished the guided tour of the cathedral and while we were waiting for the tour of the wall, we decided to enjoy this corner and get closer to Ken. The truth is he doesn’t speak much, but his books are interesting.
A great literary figure has given international fame to this beautiful town, which has rewarded him with this interesting statue. His last book draws a lot of inspiration from the Vitoria Cathedral.
Here I've posted a photo of the Catedral de María Inmaculada. As you read this, I'm sure everybody will think that is a picture of the front, it isn't, the picture was taken from the park that's behind the cathedral. You can see the charm that this cathedral hides. I hope you like it and visit it.
Some of the vitoriano wall still remains in the old town. It has been rehabilitated and is now one of the most interesting tours of my city. Anyone who visited Vitoria a few years ago and were told that this city has a wall of more than 200 meters may have found it a bit strange because they didn't see the wall... maybe they wondered where it was or laughed at us because it was made up. But the reason is because this wall was not well known because it was mostly hidden by houses and streets of the old town. In the pictures you can see the visible part of the walls, which you can not see on the tour.
Located on the road between the church of San Miguel and San Vicente. The Plaza del Machete marked the boundary of the medieval town, and owes its name to the fact that on the wall of the church of San Miguel there's a gap, where a machete was once kept (nowadays you can see a replica). It was used by the local government, who swore to enforce laws under it. It was also known as Judgement Square, as the death sentence was carried out here.
I like northern Spain because it is always green. Vitoria is an example of a city built around gardens, some decorated more than others, but green always dominates the landscape. The Florida park is the most ornate and maintained park of the city both in summer and winter. Here stands real size the figures of the nativity.
I spoke of Ca l'Oscar as "the place to eat rice that succeeds in the last year", and with good reason. Taking advantage of good weather at noon, we sat on the terrace of the restaurant, in the heart of Tarragona, Plaça del Rei, and ordered rice for six. First, a pica-pica as classic as well as croquettes, salad, squid and tomoto bread (pa amb tomàquet in Catalan). Second, rice. I could write a thesis about variants of paella up and down the Mediterranean coast. In this case, it had more red than yellow, with seafood but no vegetables. In any case, 10 - a no nonsense restaurant with good food and that triumphs like the people of the city.
The medieval old town of Vitoria-Gasteiz is almond shaped and the streets and townships form around the Cathedral of Santa Maria in its height. The streets are named for trades and craftsmen ve settled them, such as Cutlery street, the Painters, the Blacksmith or the Shoes. There is a guided tour of the Cathedral and the old city wall.
This mall is in Vitoria, and is the largest shopping center in Vitoria. Its exterior design is quite attractive, especially with it's crystal ball on one of the facades. It has several floors of parking, both roofed and outdoors. It's interior consists of 3 floors, ground, first and second, with a movie theaters and entertainment area. There is also an Eroski supermarket, Zara, Pull and Bear, Kiabi, Artepan among other things. It can be accessed by bus.
This place is set in a magnificent palace, and it was once in one of the most beautiful areas of the city Augustin Zulueta. The palace was built as a private residence and it dates back to 1912, and it is now a museum dedicated to Spanish arts from the eighteenth and nineteenth , and more especially to the Basque art from 1850 to 1950. Vitoria Ignacio Lozano and Fernando Diaz de Amárica have a special place in this beautiful museum.
This battle was fought on June 21, 1813, between the French troops escorting Joseph Bonaparte in his flight and a conglomerate of British, Spanish and Portuguese troops under the command of the Duke of Wellington. The Allied victory led to the final withdrawal of French troops from Spain (except Catalonia) and forced Napoleon to return the country's crown to Fernando VII, ending the Spanish War of Independence. In June 1911 the Spanish government applied for credit to erect a monument to this battle, placed in a square in Victoria. The city had a competition for the design and it was won by Gabriel Borras, who finished the work in 1917.
This Galician Center is located in Vitoria, and was founded in the 1950's. Its current headquarters opened in 1999. Here you'll find traditional Galician activities, including theatrical shows and concerts. One of the highlights is the 25th of July when, every year, the feast of Santiago is celebrated. The center has a bar/restaurant that offers daily menus, which can be enjoyed, weather permitting, on the terrace.
Among the best things to see in Vitoria are the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the medieval city wall, the medieval town and the Artium Museum. The Cathedral of Santa Maria, top of many tourists' lists of what to do in Vitoria, is a 14th century Gothic building with a tower. It has a porch with three covers decorated with statues and reliefs. Inside, the chapels contain Gothic, Flemish, and Italian Renaissance images. It is without a doubt the most important of the religious attractions in Vitoria, but there are others, such as St. Peter the Apostle Church and the Basilica of San Prudencio de Armentia.
For non-religious stuff to do in Vitoria, go to the medieval wall, whose remains were discovered in 2001 during archaeological excavations. You can also see El Portalón, the Tower of the Hurtado de Anda, the Escoriaza-Esquivel Palace or the Casa del Cordón among others. For green places to visit in Vitoria, there are plenty of parks. You can walk through the Park La Florida, jog in El Prado o,r when you're tired of the more energetic Vitoria activities, just relax by sitting under the chestnut trees of the Paseo de La Senda.
The number of things to see in Vitoria is vast, se we recommend that you take a couple of days to visit the quiet town and see all the sights and Vitoria attractions that draw more tourists each year. Visit Minube for more hints on what to do in Vitoria.