Vitoria-Gasteiz is the political capital of the Basque since the 20th of May of 1980. Spanish is the main language, but Basque language is common and English is not spoken everywhere. 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 9 am till 7 pm, closed at midday.
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.
Ryanair has flights from Vitoria to Dublin and London Stansted. Currently the air fares are very low.
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 located in the center of the town: you can probably find everything you want, but it is pricy 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 2 pm just before lunch time. The Basque cuisine is one of the best in Spain and Vitoria has restaurants in all categories.
Around the town center there is a bar every few meters. Some are designed for younger people other do all ages.