Vitoria-Gasteiz, capital of Euskadi, European Green Capital 2012 National Gastronomy Capital 2014, invites you to stroll through history in its mediaeval centre, wander round the parks in the Green Belt and take a break enjoying delicious Basque food with fine Rioja or local Txakolí wine. In this city there are always new and surprising things to do, 365 days a year.
Vitoria's historical centre, officially declared a Monumental Complex in 1997, is one of the most beautiful and best conserved in the north of Spain. It is one of the city's greatest attractions and the main reason why Vitoria is visited by thousands of travellers from all parts of the world.
Beauty and modernity
Despite the significant growth and development of the city in the last two centuries, its traditional style has been adapted to current needs with the creation of exceptionally beautiful spaces and buildings. This beauty is a real gift for those walking along its streets.
Vitoria's cultural attractions do not stop with its monuments, old quarter and architecture. In the capital of Álava you can find interesting museums like the ARTIUM Museum of Contemporary Art, the Bibat Museum of Archaeology and Playing Cards and the Museum of Fine Art.
This spectacular city has one of the country's highest ratios of green spaces per inhabitant. This is evidenced by the 130,000 trees of 150 different species planted in all parts of Vitoria, which is itself surrounded by an extensive green belt formed by its six large parks. Country lovers can head out of the city in any direction and find marked routes for walks through natural parks.
Shopping in Vitoria
Shopping in Vitoria-Gasteiz and Álava is a delight, as you can find shops of all kinds including those selling craftwork, bookshops, shopping centres, etc. Fournier's playing cards, ceramics and Rioja and Txakolí wine from Álava are among the city's most characteristic products.
One of the city's most distinctive features is Basque gastronomy. Visitors can enjoy traditional cuisine and creative new Basque dishes accompanied by Rioja Alavesa or our local Txacolí wine. And you should not miss our famous pintxos, miniature dishes that are traditional in Euskadi, some of them authentic works of art.
Accommodation in Vitoria
The city's traditional character with modern touches attracts large numbers of tourists each year. Vitoria offers a wide range of hotel accommodation, of which Silken Ciudad de Vitoria is an outstanding example. This 4-star hotel provides excellent accommodation so that guests can relax and enjoy their stay in Álava to the full.