Vitoria-Gasteiz

Vitoria-Gasteiz, capital of the Basque Country

Vitoria-Gasteiz, the traditional crossroads of cultural and commercial exchanges between Europe and Castile, has been the capital of the Basque Autonomous Community since 1980.

The medieval city, in which it is pleasant to stroll, is made up of narrow streets that have kept the names of the craftsmen’s corporations that officiated there.

From the Machete Plaza to the Bulerilla Plaza, Cuchillería Kalea, rue de la coutellerie, Pintore Kalea, rue des peintres, Zapatería Kalea, rue des cordonniers… and others, flourish around the central hill topped by Santa María de Vitoria Cathedral, a fourteenth-century Gothic masterpiece.

With most of the bars, discotheques and clubs concentrated in a few streets, the city centre is the meeting point of the city’s nightlife.

Administrative and political capital, industrial city, Vitoria-Gasteiz is connected to Madrid by half a dozen daily high speed trains, but also to Asturias, Catalonia, Castile and Leon in Lisbon and Paris.

Vitoria-Gasteiz is an extensive city. 1 tramway line and 15 urban bus lines, a fleet of taxis and free bicycle rental stations, as well as a large network of urban bike paths, are available to city dwellers and visitors.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, a European town with the largest area of green spaces per inhabitant, is a city with a sustainable development orientation, perfectly integrated urban development and respect for the environment.

Visits to Vitoria Gasteiz

La Almandra district

Declared Monumental Complex, the historic district of Vitoria-Gasteiz has retained its medieval layout. The nickname given to this quarter of Vitoria is due to its almond shape.

At the turn of its streets and squares appear civil and religious buildings, palaces and seigniorial houses. All these buildings show the testimony of regionalist architecture in turn Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque or neo-classical.

Florida Park

Paseo de la Florida.

Located in the heart of downtown Florida Park is a 19th century English-inspired garden. The paths are winding and the varied vegetation includes many conifers including cedars of Lebanon as well as sequoias, willows, chestnut trees of India…

A total of 95 tree species, including a 100-year-old walnut tree 30 metres high, embellish this urban relaxation area.

Visit the Monuments

Prudencio de Armentia Basilica

San Alto de Atmentia, 24. /p>

The first cathedral of Alava, the Basilica of San Prudencio was also one of the most important religious centres. Romanesque in architecture, it was built in the 12th century on the road to Santiago de Compostela. A great romaría, a religious procession, is celebrated there every April 28th, the day of the Holy Prudence, the patron saint of the city.

The basilica is open daily from 8am to 8pm. Free admission.

Santa Maria Cathedral

Plaza Burulleria. /p>

A religious fortress, Santa Maria Cathedral was built as an extension of the medieval city wall in the early 13th century and has fortified foundations.

Designated as a cathedral in 1862, threatening to collapse, it was closed to the public. The complex remains open for an original visit: that of the restoration and archaeological works that have brought to light many tombs. Guided tour: 8 €.

Museums

Museum Fournier of the playing card.

Calle Cuchillería 54. Palacio de Bendaña. /p>

Housed in the Bendaña Palace, a beautiful 16th century building, this original museum is the world’s first and most famous playing card museum. It was founded in 1868 by Heraclio Fournier, the founder of a large printing works in Vitoria.

A sympathetic visit allowing through various collections to trace the evolution of playing cards in different countries and continents over time.

From the manufacture to the approached themes, all sorts of playing cards are presented: satirical, ancient, taurine, divinatory, with a particular attention to the Spanish games.

The Fournier Playing Card Museum is grouped together with the Archaeology Museum, whose permanent exhibition retraces the history of the Álava from prehistoric times to the new Bibat cultural space.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 6:30 pm. Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, Sundays from 11 am to 2 pm. Closed on Monday. Admission: 3 €.

Bibat Museum of Archaeology in Álava

Calle Cuchillería 54. /p>

Spread over three floors, the museum’s collection includes pieces from the Palaeolithic, Iron Age, Roman and Middle Ages, when Vitoria Gasteiz was founded. Its gardens also house a collection of funerary steles.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 6:30 pm. Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, Sundays from 11 am to 2 pm. Closed on Monday. Admission: 3 €.

Museum of Fine Arts

Paseo by Frey Francisco. Augusti Palace/p>

Located in the Renaissance and Baroque palace Augusti, the exhibition of the Vitoria Museum of Fine Arts presents Spanish art from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as a glimpse of Basque art covering a period from 1850 to 1920.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm and then from 4 pm to 6.30 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm. Closed on Monday. Admission: 3 €.

Museum of Contemporary Art Art Artrium

Calle Francia, 24. /p>

The Artrium is located near Casco Viejo, the old quarter. This museum of contemporary art presents collections of Basque and Spanish art, sculpture, pop art, surrealism… You will find works by Picasso, Tàpies, Canogar and Miró.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 11 am to 2 pm and then from 5 pm to 8 pm on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 8 pm. Closed on Monday. Admission: 6 €, free rate on Wednesdays.

Museum of Weapons

Paseo by Frey Francisco.

The museum’s exhibition displays weapons and uniforms as well as many war-related objects from prehistoric times to the early 20th century.

A background also made up of lead soldiers, models as well as a rich and interesting collection of Arab, African and Eastern weapons.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm and then from 4 pm to 6 pm, only until 2 pm on Saturdays and from 11 am to 2 pm on Sundays. Closed on Monday. Admission: 3 €.



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