One day in Vitoria / Gasteiz


Get to know the capital of the Basque Country in one day. Soak up its medieval and Renaissance history and its modern proposals, as well as visiting a world-renowned green ring.

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Catedral de Santa María


Gothic fortress cathedral

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


  • You can request a visit by calling the telephone number in this guide beforehand.


  • 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 places to visit in the city. Its religious value, its architectural beauty and its towers make it a unique place. That is why you should take some time to visit it.


  • 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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Casco Viejo


One of the best preserved in Europe

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


  • Check the routes and routes that the city offers at the tourist office.


  • 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 an 11th century medieval wall 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


  • We leave the Cathedral and enter the Old Town. It is one of those that has best preserved its essence, so crossing its streets surrounded by Renaissance palaces, squares and museums is a success.


  • 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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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 15.


  • Much of the wall was discovered during excavation work in the basement of the Cathedral in 2001.


  • From there, the restoration work continued so that today a good part of the medieval history of Gasteiz can be admired and learned.


  • 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 collects a good part of the history and urbanization of the city. That is why it is essential to discover and go through it. You can do the combined visit Cathedral + walls and take advantage of the guided tour.


  • 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


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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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.


  • 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 in Álava. A mix 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


  • 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 Location: C / Cuchillería, 54. 01001 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 around three thousand pieces of contemporary art that bring together works by Basque and Spanish artists such as Picasso, Miró, Barceló, Chillida, Oteiza and Cristina Iglesias, as well as new generations of artists.


  • 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 and 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 price: € 5 Large family> 14 years: € 2.50


  • 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. Mini Artium: Saturday mornings: children from 5 to 11 years old. Saturday afternoons: young people from 13 to 16 years old. Sundays for children from 3 to 5 years old. Address: C / Francia, nº 24. 01002 Vitoria-Gasteiz


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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 story behind the mural.


  • The murals on the facades of the Historic Quarter 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. Visiting it is highly recommended.


  • 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.


  • 633-184-457


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    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 María Inmaculada or New Cathedral was 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 Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday: closed


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Plaza de España


Beautiful arcaded square headquarters of the Town Hall

  • While you admire the architecture of this square, sit in one of its typical tapas and pinchos bars.


  • We are located in the square that separates the Old Town from the Ensanche, also known as Plaza Nueva. A large porticoed square that impresses and invites you to sit in one of its many bars and terraces.


  • It is neoclassical in style and is characterized by its arcaded structure and its large dimensions.


  • It was initially conceived to develop festivals, celebrations, commercial markets and bullfights.


  • In it you will find the Town Hall and the Municipal Tourist Office.


  • Through the west door, you enter the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca, both considered the main squares in Vitoria.


  • Throughout its history, it has been baptized in various ways. In addition to Plaza de España and Plaza Nueva, it was known as Plaza de la Constitución, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de Alfonso XIII, among others.


  • The Plaza de España was built in 1781 by the architect Justo Antonio de Olaguíbel and was constituted on the border between the old part and the Ensanche, at that time under construction.


  • Free


  • 15 min - 30 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Address: Plaza de España s / n, 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.


  • A green space that relaxes and falls in love. Visiting it is a wise choice to take a break.


  • It is highly recommended to know it and visit it to know why Vitoria is considered a sustainable city.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Plaza de la Virgen Blanca


Emblem of a victory and celebration core

  • As essential in this square, we recommend: sitting on one of its many terraces and enjoying a tapas or delicious food.


  • Do not miss the opportunity to observe 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 was part of the suburbs and medieval markets were held beyond 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 is the San Miguel church, next 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.


  • One of the most emblematic of Vitoria, essential in any visit to the city.


  • In addition to being a meeting place because of its space and because several streets converge on it towards the Ensanche, it is fundamental due to its historical importance 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



7 Ratings

andreashamutenya

andreashamutenya

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26/04/2021

josemartin

josemartin

Una ciudad para andarla y no dejar nada por ver. Un interesante itinerario para no perderse nada de lo más destacado si sólo la visitas un día.

12/08/2020

mariomarquez

mariomarquez

en Vitoria hay muchas cosas que ver, hacer y conocer. pero si se está limitado de tiempo, está guía agrupa los mejores atractivos de la ciudad para q se puedan conocer en 24. Fabuloso .

10/08/2020

familiadiazrosas

familiadiazrosas

Me encanto recorrer está bella Ciudad y acompañados con esta guía ha sido una gran experiencia

02/08/2020

antoniorexha

antoniorexha

fabulosa por su catedral gótica de Santa María y el museo de Naipes. Es muy interesante el lugar.

22/07/2020

albaviajera

albaviajera

Tengo todo aquí! Gracias.

20/07/2020

daniela

daniela

Tiene todo lo que necesitaba 😁👍🏼

26/11/2019