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* Mid July. Festival de Jazz de Vitoria Gasteiz. -
* Mid July. Festival de Jazz de Vitoria Gasteiz. -
* 4th August. "Fiestas de La Blanca". One week long.
* 4th August. "Fiestas de La Blanca". One week long.
* 24 December. Christmas parade.
* 24th December. Christmas parade.

Revision as of 11:23, 17 April 2007

For other places with the same name, see Vitoria-Gasteiz (disambiguation).

Vitoria-Gasteiz is located in the heart of the Basque Country in Spain, 66 km south of Bilbao, 114 km from San Sebastian and 351 km from Madrid.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Plaza De España


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.

Get in

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.

Get around


The Festivals:

  • 5th January. Holly three kings.
  • Mid July. Festival de Jazz de Vitoria Gasteiz. -
  • 4th August. "Fiestas de La Blanca". One week long.
  • 24th December. Christmas parade.



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's best shops and bars as well.

Leather and shoes is always an option in Spain and especially in Vitoria. 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.

  • Bar Saburdi located on Calle Dato is the most famous bar in Vitoria. You can find a great variety of small snacks and everything is of the highest quality. The pancito con jamon is excellent.


Around the town center there is a bar every few meters. Some are designed for younger people other do all ages.


Get out

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