Tourist information on Vitoria, Basque Country, Spain
Vitoria, a perfect place four your Spanish immersion course in Spain
Vitoria,capital of the Basque Country, is situated on a vast plain surrounded by mountains; 60 Km from the coast, 30 Km from the vineyards and old wine cellars of the La Rioja region, and 50 Km from the monasteries where the first texts in Spanish language appeared.
The location and all the possibilities Vitoria offers can be seen more clearly on the map.
Map of the Basque Country
Vitoria has about 240,000 inhabitants.
In the 1950´s, when the city had about 60,000 residents, Vitoria experienced a significant population boom. Its dynamic industry and services sectors attracted many people from other Spanish regions to settle in this ever-growing city.
Vitoria has both a train and a bus station, as well as an airport.
Vitoria is 351 Km from Madrid, 66 Km from Bilbao, 110 Km from San Sebastian, 112 Km from Burgos and 90 Km from Pamplona. All these cities, as well as others like Zaragoza and Barcelona, are interconnected by highways, bus and train lines.
There are regular flights available to and from Madrid and Barcelona.
More information on how to come to Vitoria.
The entire old town of Vitoria , with its narrow streets and unique architecture, has been declared a monumental group. The gothic churches of Santa Maria, San Vicente, San Pedro and San Miguel as well as the renaissance palaces of Montehermoso and Villa Suso, are worth seeing.
Afterwards, you can stroll through the Arquillos, an arcaded walk that leads to the two main squares: the Plaza de España, and the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca. This central area perfectly links the medieval quarter to the modern the town-centre.
This bustling area is filled with people strolling, shopping or sitting at the countless outdoor cafés, which line the streets. Time flies as you sit and watch people coming and going and children trading their card collections on Sunday mornings...
The parks, pedestrian-only streets and wide avenues are an open invitation to walk to the Museum of Fine Arts or the Romanesque church of San Prudencio. You can also go jogging around the Prado or San Juan de Arriaga parks.
See you soon in Vitoria, Spain, BasqueCountry!