What to see in Vitoria / Gasteiz


Discovering the hidden jewel of the Basque Country, holds many surprises. In this list you will find medieval and Renaissance history, modern proposals and a huge green ring of world recognition.

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Casco Viejo


One of the best preserved in Europe

  • Get lost in the streets of the historic center and absorb the essence of the city.


  • If you are interested in learning more about some of its most representative buildings, do not hesitate to pay them a separate visit.


  • Check with the tourist office the routes and various tour options to discover it in depth


  • The Historic Center of Vitoria retains much of its original layout. It sits on a hill and is shaped like an almond, a name by which many know it.


  • It is surrounded by a medieval wall from the 11th century that preserves almost half of its original structure.


  • The Old Town, in addition to its lively streets, offers the visitor a multiplicity of attractions: medieval houses, Renaissance palaces, religious buildings and highly attractive squares.


  • On Saturday mornings the attractive Almond Market is held, where it is possible to discover and buy various products.


  • Among the main points that cannot be missed in the visit, the following stand out: ○ Escoriaza Esquivel Palace ○ Villasuso Palace ○ Montehermoso Palace ○ Machete Square ○ Cutlery Street


  • The list of must-see sites begins in the Old Town. One of those that has best preserved its essence and that invites you to get lost in its narrow streets of Renaissance palaces, squares and museums


  • Free


  • 945 16 15 98/945 16 15 99.


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Tourist Office: October to June: Monday to Saturday: from 10:00 to 19:00. Sundays and holidays: from 11:00 to 14:00. July, August and September: Monday to Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Location: Plaza España, 1. 01001. Vitoria-Gasteiz


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Casa del Cordón


Civil Gothic style, accommodation of Felipe and Juana la Loc

  • If you are interested in delving into history, discovering various architectural styles and curiosities from another era, don't miss this visit.


  • It only takes a few minutes and is worth getting to know.


  • We have selected this site for being an emblem of an architectural style: civil Gothic and for having hosted Felipe el Hermoso and Juana La Loca, as well as Pope Adriano VI.


  • It is a construction from the 13th-15th century that houses a medieval tower around which the house was built.


  • It belonged to Pedro Sánchez de Bilbao, a wealthy merchant of the time and today it houses the headquarters of the Caja Vital Foundation.


  • Its façade consists of three entrances with pointed arches and inside it is worth visiting the Gothic room and its polychrome vault.


  • It owes its name to the San Francisco cordon that surrounds one of the gates


  • Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Closed: Friday afternoon. Location: Calle Cuchillería, 24. 01001


  • Free


  • + 34 945 064 363


  • 15 min - 30 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Catedral de Santa María


Gothic fortress cathedral

  • Do not forget to climb the tower and observe Vitoria from the heights. You can buy a joint ticket and access the guided tour.


  • Take especially into account the Pórtico de la Luz, a show that takes place at sunset in which the play of lights will transport you through time and the history of the cathedral.


  • Arrange a visit by contacting the telephone number in this guide in advance.


  • It was built between the 13th and 14th centuries. Gothic in style, it was built as a temple-fortress, to form part of the defense of Vitoria.


  • It was a collegiate church between 1496 and 1861, at which time it acquired the category of cathedral.


  • It has a plant in the shape of a cross and a transept where the chapels open.


  • The facades are masterpieces. The main one consists of three covers: dedicated to the Virgin, San Gil and the Last Judgment.


  • It is currently undergoing restoration works and it is possible to take a guided tour that explains the works and the archaeological area, a unique experience.


  • There is a museum in the Crypt that shows the history of the building and the city.


  • This is undoubtedly one of the central points of the city. Not only for its religious value, but for its architectural beauty, its towers and walls.


  • Cathedral and Tower Ticket: € 10.5


  • +34 945 255 135


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Plaza Santa María, 3 - 01001


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Plaza de la Virgen Blanca


Emblem of a victory and celebration core

  • As essential in this square, we recommend you sit on one of its many terraces and enjoy a tapas or delicious food.


  • Do not miss observing the square from the balcony of San Miguel, next to the statue of Celedón.


  • Observe and enjoy the various constructions and balconies that surround the square.


  • If you are visiting between August 4 and 9, don't miss the most important celebration in the city.


  • It was built in the 17th century and historically it was part of the suburbs and medieval markets were held outside the walls.


  • In the center you can see the monument to the battle of Vitoria, commemorating the battle and victory of the allied troops in June 1813, which meant the withdrawal of the Napoleonic troops by José Bonaparte.


  • To the north of it stands the San Miguel church, which is attached to Plaza España.


  • The central festivities of the Virgen Blanca, patron saint of the city, are held here. They are the most important festivals and every August 4 brings together locals and tourists with the Bajada de Celedón from the tower of the Church of San Miguel.


  • We continue with the list of essentials to locate ourselves in this square, one of the most emblematic of Vitoria.


  • In addition to being a meeting place due to its space and because several streets converge on it towards the Ensanche, it is fundamental due to its historical weight as it was the protagonist of the Battle of Vitoria in 1813.


  • Free


  • 15 min - 30 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Address: Plaza de la Virgen Blanca, 01001 Vitoria-Gasteiz


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Muralla Medieval


Centennial defensive enclosure

  • We recommend making this visit because it deepens and shows a different look at the walled enclosure.


  • The best thing is to buy a ticket combining this visit with the Cathedral and the tower to have a much more complete panorama.


  • To make the visit, it is recommended to make a reservation in advance since the number of people who leave each shift is about 15.


  • A large part of the Wall was discovered during excavation work in the basement of the Cathedral, in 2001.


  • From there, restoration work continued so that today you can admire and learn more about the medieval history of Gasteiz.


  • The order to build the ancient wall was sent in the 11th century, during the reign of Sancho VI. Then it surrounded the village located on the hill.


  • In 1202 the town was expanded and a second ring was built that connects with the old one in the Portal San Bartolomé. There are practically no remains of this phase. In 1256 a third and final phase of expansion of the wall began, which allowed the defense of the entire city.


  • Since 2006 there are day and night guided tours of the wall. They are managed by the Cathedral Foundation, which also manages the restoration.


  • Thanks to the restoration work, the city was awarded the “Europa Nostra” prize, which recognizes this type of initiative.


  • The Wall of Vitoria contains much of the history and urbanization of the city. That is why it becomes essential to discover and explore it.


  • Free if done for free. Guided tour of the Cathedral and the wall is priced at € 10 per person. Students, retirees, large families, unemployed and people with disabilities: € 6.


  • 945 255 135


  • 1 h - 2 h

    30 minutes 1 hour and a half hour with combined visit


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    If you want to do a guided tour, you must buy the ticket.


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Museo de Bellas Artes


Located in the Palace of Zulueta

  • Do not forget to visit and pay attention to its beautiful gardens surrounded by stairways, willows and sculptures by Basque artists.


  • Pay attention to the large carved wooden staircase and the interior lobby, true works of art.


  • Visit the permanent exhibition that exhibits works from the Prado Museum deposits.


  • Please note that the first Saturday of each month is free


  • The Museum of Fine Arts stands on the old Palace of Augusti Zulueta, built in 1912 by the same architects who built the New Cathedral.


  • It was a private residence and presents decorative elements of the most varied, between the Baroque, Renaissance and Neo-Basque.


  • Currently, it houses a collection of Spanish art from the 18th and 19th centuries and is dedicated to Basque art from 1850-1950.


  • Among the most important are works by Zuloaga, Maestu, Díaz de Olano and Aspiazu.


  • We continue to discover the most important corners of Vitoria and we cannot miss this museum housed in a beautiful palace from the early 20th century.


  • Whether it is for lovers of Spanish art from the 18th and 19th centuries or for those who are interested in knowing the architectural beauty of the Palace, this visit is worth it.


  • Individual: € 3. Groups (minimum 10 people): € 2 / person. Over 65s and unemployed: € 1.


  • +34 945 18 19 18


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 - 14:00 and 16:00 - 18:30 Saturdays: 10:00 - 14:00 Sundays and Holidays: 11:00 - 14:00 Monday closed Address: Paseo de Fray Francisco 8, 01007 Vitoria-Gasteiz


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Artium, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo


One of the most complete modern collections

  • Visit the museum and enjoy the extra activities it offers.


  • If you are with children, do not miss the programs that the museum offers on weekends for the little ones. It is a different way to discover contemporary art. They must register in advance.


  • The Basque Museum of Contemporary Art is located where the old bus station used to be, 50 meters from another of the emblematic museums such as the BIbat.


  • It was inaugurated in 2002 and consists of some three thousand pieces of contemporary art of its own that bring together works by Basque and Spanish artists such as Picasso, Miró, Barceló, Chillida, Oteiza, Cristina Iglesias and new generations.


  • It also has a complete program of temporary exhibitions of an excellent level.


  • In addition, it is a versatile and dynamic space that offers a multiplicity of artistic activities such as cinema, conferences, performing arts, workshops, among other activities.


  • The visit to this museum is of great interest because it is considered one of the most important exponents of Basque and Spanish art in recent years.


  • It is very well located, next to the old town and is worth it for the diversity of activities it offers.


  • General rate: € 5 Large family> 14 years: € 2.50 Students, unemployed and retired: € 2 Children under 14 and Artium friends: free. Activities for children: Adults: € 4. Children: € 1.


  • 945 20 90 00


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Tuesday to Friday: from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 20:00. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 11:00 to 20:00. Monday except holidays closed.


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Bibat, Museo de Arqueología y Museo Fournier de Naipes de Álava


Amazing museum complex

  • It is a real surprise to visit both museums, especially to know the collections of cards.


  • We also recommend paying attention to the arcade courtyard of the palace and not to miss the old card machine.


  • The Playing Card Museum is located in the Bendaña Palace, built in the 16th century in a Renaissance style and located in the heart of the historic center.


  • Inside it houses one of the five most complete collections of playing cards in the world. It shows copies of playing cards from the five continents and exhibits an old machine from the creator of the Spanish deck, Heraclio Fournier.


  • The Archeology Museum is located in the neighboring building, where samples of all the archaeological works of Álava from the 19th century are exhibited.


  • Items ranging from prehistory to the Middle Ages are displayed.


  • Bibat means “two in one” in Basque and houses the Fournier Playing Cards Museum and the Archeology Museum of Álava. An interesting mixture worth visiting.


  • First Saturday of each month: free Individual: € 3. Groups (minimum 10 people): € 2 / person. Over 65s and unemployed: € 1. Young people from 12 to 18 years old, students and members of Associations of Friends of Museums: € 1. Up to 12 years and ICOM members: free access.


  • 945 20 37 07


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 - 14:00 and 16:00 - 18:30 Saturdays: 10:00 - 14:00 Sundays and Holidays: 11:00 - 14:00 Monday closed Location: C / Cuchillería, 54. 01001 Vitoria-Gasteiz


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Parque de La Florida


A green space of 35 thousand square meters

  • Do not miss the opportunity to explore this immense and beautiful green space and discover, among the number of species, the 140-year-old American Black Walnut or the 40-meter high Virginia Tulip.


  • Tour and delight in the small Japanese Garden known as "Garden of Water".


  • The Florida Park is located in the heart of the city and has 35 thousand square meters made up of various species of trees.


  • It is in the expansion of Vitoria and is considered a true botanical garden of romantic style, typical of the nineteenth century in which it was designed.


  • Its hectares offer winding roads, small lakes and forests. It has more than 95 species of trees and 79 of shrubs in which conifers, willows, and horse chestnuts abound.


  • Vitoria is characterized by being a city that offers green and healthy spaces and this site is the most emblematic. It is highly recommended to know it and visit it to know why Vitoria is considered a sustainable city.


  • Free


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Parque de Salburua


Fundamental part of the Green Belt of Vitoria

  • We recommend going first to the Ataria Interpretation Center and from there, take one of the marked itineraries to visit and get to know the wetland. The visits are self-guided and the park has several panels to facilitate the tour.


  • Don't miss the chance to admire the spectacular views from the raised viewpoint of the Interpretation Center to get a different view of Salburua.


  • You can rent a bike and do the total tour of the Green Belt in just over 2 hours.


  • The Salburua green space was created in 1994 as part of a work to recover the natural ecosystem of the region, characterized by the wetland.


  • It is located to the east of Vitoria and consists of 206 hectares that are made up of two main lagoons, an oak grove and areas of prairies.


  • It is the most important natural area of the Green Belt and is very visited by city dwellers and by tourists or lovers of nature and ornithology.


  • It is considered the most important wetland in Europe and the great diversity of birds makes it an extremely tempting site for those who enjoy ornithology.


  • It consists of 9 km of road and various routes to travel it. The itineraries are divided into colors to facilitate their identification: blue for birds, white for invertebrates, green for botany and yellow for amphibians and reptiles.


  • In addition, it has an Ataria Interpretation Center and two special bird observatories to learn about the natural wealth.


  • The Interpretation Center has two floors dedicated to information on Salburua and a viewpoint from which the wetlands can be seen.


  • The Green Belt of the city and its surroundings is part of an important planning and restoration work with the aim of configuring an ecological and natural space around the city.


  • Free


  • 945 254 759


  • 2 h - 4 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Winter hours (from November 1 to March 31): Mornings: from 10:00 to 14:00. Afternoons: from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Summer hours (from April 1 to October 31): Mornings: from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Afternoons: from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Open from Monday to Sunday.


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Jardín botánico de Olárizu


Entertainment and education in a natural environment

  • We recommend starting the visit at the Casa de la Dehesa, there you can visit the Visitor Center, learn about the different itineraries you can do and rent a bicycle.


  • Choose one of the marked itineraries: the return to the Olarizu Botanical Garden, Temperate Forests, Mediterranean Forests, Sub-Mediterranean Forests, Boreal and High Mountain Forests.


  • It is located in the southern part of the city, at the foot of Mount Olarizu and forms part of the Green Belt of Vitoria.


  • It has 120 hectares in which it houses a great diversity of plant species, managing to conserve more than a thousand.


  • Among all the species, it represents mainly those that form the European forests.


  • In addition to the fields and the Botanical Garden, the main sites to visit in Olarizu are La Casa de la Dehesa, which is the Visitor Center and offers an exhibition space that provides information on the plant world.


  • This Botanical Garden is ideal to combine recreational activities with the possibility of learning about the plant and animal world of the region.


  • The majority of visitors and inhabitants of Vitoria who decide to spend a day outdoors enjoy the Olarizu fields. There they can play football, go for a walk, eat. Or they can also ascend the hill and from there see the plain.


  • Free


  • 945 16 26 96


  • 2 h - 4 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    The Olarizu Botanical Garden is a public park with no time limits for access, except for the space dedicated to the Garden of Useful Plants. Hours of the Garden of Useful Plants: October 1 to March 31: 08:30 - 17:45 April 1 to September 30: 08:00 - 21:00 Hours of attention to the public at Casa de la Dehesa and rental of bicycles: June 2019: Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, from 10.00-14: 00 and from 16: 00-20: 00. July and August 2019: Thursday and Friday from 10: 30-15: 00. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10.00-14: 00 and from 16: 00-20: 00. September 2019: Friday and Thursday the 12th, from 10: 30-15: 00. Days 20 and 27 closed. Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and the 11th, from 10: 00-14: 00 and from 16: 00-20: 00. October 2019: Thursday and Friday 10th and 1


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Centro Cívico Aldabe


Vitoria in colors. Outdoor art

  • We recommend that you visit the page muralismopúblico.com where you can have complete information about the project, visits, schedules and prices.


  • To know and understand these works of art it is best to do it through a guided tour. In it you will know the history behind the mural.


  • The murals on the facades of the historic center are part of the Mural Itinerary created in 2007 with the aim of generating a space for participatory art


  • Since its inception, the initiative generated more than 13 large-scale muralism workshops and in 2013 it was extended to the working-class neighborhood of Zaramaga.


  • Guided tours are currently offered that run through the itinerary and provide an explanatory look at the project.


  • The murals that are erected in large buildings in the Old Town are true public works of art that surprise and amaze.


  • They start from a project by local artists of muralism workshops and a participatory culture to provide the city with paintings and art.


  • Guided tours: Adult: € 8 -Minimum groups of 6 people. • Various groups (retirees, schoolchildren, unemployed, people with disabilities.): € 7 • Children under 6 years old (accompanied by an adult): free • Children between 6-14 years old (accompanied by an adult) € 6


  • 633-184-457


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Visits: Sundays in October, November and December from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


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Catedral de María Inmaculada, Madre de la Iglesia


Exemplary par excellence of the neo-Gothic.

  • It is worth doing this visit. It will not take you too long and you can admire a work of these characteristics built in the last century.


  • Pay attention to the gargoyles on the outside, typical of this type of architectural style.


  • If you are interested in learning more about the history of this Cathedral, you can take a guided tour that takes place daily, except on Sundays.


  • The Cathedral of Mary Immaculate or New Cathedral decided to be erected when a new Diocese of Bizkaia, Araba and Gipuzkoa was created in 1862.


  • Construction began in 1904 and ended in 1969, on a site of the former Convent of Las Brígidas.


  • The temple has a plan in the shape of a Latin cross, with five naves, an ambulatory and a crypt.


  • In the ambulatory is located the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art of Álava, which keeps very interesting elements.


  • This stop is interesting as a way to appreciate a neo-Gothic construction built in the last century and to visit both versions of the cathedral.


  • Free


  • +34 945 101 070 / +34 945 133


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Monday to Saturday: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Sacred Art Museum: Tuesday to Friday: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm



4 Ratings

dieg_malon

dieg_malon

Muchos monumentos que me dejaron sin aliento por su imponencia, pero también mucho verde como el Parque de la Florida, me sentí en el Paraíso.

21/08/2020

familiadiazrosas

familiadiazrosas

Una guía muy completa.

19/07/2020

pedrito

pedrito

después de tener esta guía en mi poder mi próximo destino será Vitoria. qué lugar tan mágico, encierra un enigma en su arquitectura.

17/07/2020

aitorlekuona

aitorlekuona

Creía que conocía Vitoria hasta tener esta guía en mis manos😅😅 muy buena🤙🏼

22/10/2019