I visited Vitoria mainly for one reason (basketball) and absolutely loved the game and its environment but what's more, I really liked the city. This city in the Basque Country bears style and class altogether. While walking around the city I had that feeling I could spend some months working and living in Vitoria.
Although people tend to visit Bilbao and San Sebastián/Donosti more, Vitoria/Gasteiz is the seat of the government of the Basque Country. It holds the House of Parliament, headquarters of the Government and the Prime Minister official residency. This is a multicultural city, rich in arts, education, architecture and gastronomy. It was the first Spanish city to be awarded the title of Green Capital and is ranked among the top 5 places to live in Spain.
The Old Town has many well preserved medieval streets and squares and is one of the few cities which hold two cathedrals.
This city has lively entertainment and known festivals such as the Azkena rock festival, the jazz festival and Virgen Blanca Festivities.
A FEW THINGS TO SEE
Catedral de Santa María: 14th Century Gothic cathedral with a 17thC tower. It has chapels with Gothic, Flemish and Italian Renaissance images and paintings by RUbens and Van Dyck.
Catedral de Maria Immaculada: 20th Century, high Gothic style.
Plaza de la Virgen Blanca: a square joining many typical streets in the old townand surrounded by old typical houses, with a monument commemorating the Battle of Vitoria.
Basque Museum of Contemporary Art (Artium). It has a permanent collection which is considered one of the best in Spain.
- Ajuria Enea. The seat of the Lehendakari (prime minister), built in 1918 as the main residence of the family of Serafin Ajuria.
LEISURE: MUSIC & SPORTS
The International Music Festival in Vitoria: July 18-27.
- The Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival: July 10-16.
Azkena Rock Festival: June 29-30.
Fiestas de la Virgen Blanca: celebrated every year August 4-9 (events, activities, open-air concerts).
Football team Deportivo Alavés, games are played in Mendizorotza Stadium.
- Basketball team Saski Baskonia, playing in the Spanish League (ACB) and Euroleague, games are played in Fernando Buesa Arena.
Stay tunned for an upcoming post about the city we visited after Vitoria :)