Vitoria is the political capital of the Basque country and administration was recently relocated from Bilbao to Vitoria. Spanish is the main language, but Basque language is common and English is not spoken everywhere
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 coming from Bilbao Airport on a toll road or using public transport (bus). Vitoria has a small Airport (Areopuerto Vitoria-Foronda) 8 km north of the town with a few flight destinations.
Two new shopping malls where 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 centre 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 especialy in Vitoria. Ayestaran located in Calle Dato is a place where you can find nice stuff. Sadly, it is expensive.
Corte Ingles is Spain flagship retailer and the store is located in the centre 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 centre 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.
You couldn't wish to have more choice. Around the town centre there is a bar every few meters. Some are designed for younger people other do all ages.