Vitoria-Gasteiz has been the political capital of the Basques since the 20th May 1980. Spanish is the main language, but knowledge of Basque is common. English is not widely spoken, except by the young. The Basque language is called Euskera and nobody knows exactly the origin of this language.
Visitor information: Tourist office at Plaza General Loma 1 is open daily from 9AM till 7PM, closed at midday.
Cold in the winter, mild in the summer, you definitely would like to visit in the months of May to August. A bike and walk friendly city it's famous for having many green spots around it. The business activity centers around the Michelin and Mercedes-Benz factories.
You can visit Vitoria-Gasteiz coming from Bilbao Airport (Loiu) on a toll road or using public transport (Autobuses La Unión). Vitoria-Gasteiz has a small Airport (Aeropuerto de Foronda) 8 km north of the town with a few flight destinations.
There is a shuttle bus between the airport and the bus station , which seems timed to coincide with the major arrivals and departures, and cost €3 each way.
There is a left-luggage facility at the Coach Station (It recently moved from city centre to near the Basque government in Lakua neighborhood ). There is a tram between Lauka and the city center.
The train station connects with Madrid, Pamplona and Miranda de Ebro. If you come from Barcelona or Zaragoza you may want to book your train to Miranda de Ebro and take a bus from there(3€).
Situated in the south of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz is a city without sea. To the North, at only 66 km is the city of Bilbao, and at 114 km the beautiful city of San Sebastian. The South part of Alava province, is called La Rioja Alavesa, where the visitor can test ones of the best red wines of the world. There are a lot of touristic tours, and you can find more information about in the following web: . The province situated in the South of Alava is La Rioja, where the cultivation of wine is one of the most important attractions.
Vitoria-Gasteiz itself is a very small city. Virtually everything you will want to see is reachable on foot. If you do not fancy walking there are several other proposals to move around:
Free bike hiring service in several spots through the city: 
Tuvisa. Official information on times and bus network (only in Spanish): 
Taxi Iberia 
Radio Taxi Gasteiz Santa Mª, 9-3º 01001 Vitoria-Gasteiz Tel. 945 27 35 00 Fax. 945 27 36 99 firstname.lastname@example.org
Patxi Taxi Tel. 656 710 167 email@example.com 
The city has an ancient town center where most of the streets still have the medieval name of the jobs that was used to be in each one of the streets (Herrería, Zapatería...) In the Town Center you can find the Cathedral of Santa María, that is one of the most important attractions of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Guided visits can be made, and it´s recommended to make the reservation via Cathedral Santa María web page.
Move around to see the atmosphere! City Center Early at night: Plaza Virgen Blanca, Calle Dato, Calle Postas Later at night (11 and later): Medieval Area Main streets: Zapatería, Cuesta de San Francisco, Cuchillería, Pintorería, Nueva Dentro, Nueva Fuera Ensanche Area Main streets: Calle Dato, Calle Postas, Calle San Prudencio.
Two new shopping malls were opened in the north of Vitoria on the road going to Bilbao comprising grocery, DIY, cinemas, bars and everything else you need.
Or go to the traditional small shops in the town center such as Calle Dato. This is the place where you find Vitoria-Gasteiz's best shops and bars as well.
Leather and shoes is always an option in Spain and especially in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Ayestaran located in Calle Dato is a place where you can find nice stuff. Sadly, it is expensive.
Corte Ingles is Spain's flagship retailer and the store is in the center of the town: you can probably find everything you want, but it is pricey by Spanish standards.
Traditionally you can have a few small drinks in the bars around the town center and enjoy this with some tapas. Usually every bar has one speciality and it is interesting to taste them and then you go to another bar. The boiling point for bar visits is at 2PM just before lunch time. The Basque cuisine is one of the best in Spain and Vitoria has restaurants in all categories.
Like in other cities of the Basque Country nightlife is centered around the old medieval zone of the city or 'Casco Viejo' where there a bar every few meters. Same style bars usually (but now always) tend to be around the same area. Depending of what kind of night you are searching for you should head to one street or another:
When it's hot local people go to a water reservoir that forms a huge lake in the north-east, approximately 10 kilometers on the road to San Sebastian. People make picnic there and you can swim.