Vitoria-Gasteiz, Green capital

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Vitoria-Gasteiz, home of the Basque parliament and capital of the Basque Country, is a green city, rich in natural areas and a just short distance from Rioja Alavesa, a world-class wine tourism area.

You’ll feel it as soon as you arrive - Vitoria-Gasteiz is friendly and convenient, designed for living in: everything is close at hand, including the so-called Green Ring, a perimeter around the city formed by six large parks you can explore on foot or by bicycle. In one of them, Salburua, you can see several lakes which, thanks to their privileged location on a migration route, are visited by a wide variety of birds. Vitoria-Gasteiz gets international certification as a destination for sustainable tourism, Biosphere Responsible Tourism.


Another of the treasures Vitoria-Gasteiz has to offer is what is known as the Mediaeval Almond, so-called because of its shape, one of the finest old quarters in the Basque Country.


The Cathedral, a Gothic literary star

The gothic Cathedral of Santa María will be first on your list. It occurred to somebody that long-term restoration work on the building could be taken advantage of to show visitors and history lovers just how it was constructed. A brilliant idea! Over a million visitors have already explored its naves, atrium and walls. Novelists like Ken Follett and Toti Martínez de Lezea have taken inspiration from the cathedral to tell the stories in their books. Old Gasteiz also boasts the status of a Historic Site. Its street names – Cuchillería, Herrería, Pintorería, Correría, etc. – recall the trades of the guilds (cutlers, smiths, painters and harness makers, respectively) to which they were home.


Vitoria-Gasteiz is just a short distance from Rioja Alavesa, so you can combine a visit to the city with the pleasure of discovering some of its famous wineries. The capital loves fine food and wine in all their dimensions.

    How to get about by public transport

    A good way to get to know Vitoria-Gasteiz is by bike. So far, the city has almost a hundred kilometres of streets or paths conditioned for cyclist traffic.

    • By tram: The Vitoria-Gasteiz tram is in operation since the year 2008 and is a quick and easy way to get to the city centre. It currently has 2 lines and you have night-time hours on weekends and public holidays.
    • By bus: Vitoria-Gasteiz has 10 bus lines that connect all points in the city, as well as night buses and special lines (such as the one that connects the city centre with the Buesa Arena basketball pavilion, the Alava Technology Park or the airport)..They have a frequency of approximately 10 minutes and are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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    Nearby routes and plans

    Tour of the settings for El silencio de la Ciudad Blanca (the Silence of the White City)
    Tour of the settings for El silencio de la Ciudad Blanca (the Silence of the White City)
    A magical journey to the past of Rioja Alavesa
    A magical journey to the past of Rioja Alavesa
    Mural Itinerary of Vitoria-Gasteiz - The Painted City
    Mural Itinerary of Vitoria-Gasteiz - The Painted City


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