TOURS AT THE HISTORIC TOWN OF VITORIA-GASTEIZ

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A walking tour around the Historic Center of the city. Starting from the Touristic Office (Plaza de España), the route takes around 2 and a half hours. We enter the Medieval Town and have a look at the renaissance palaces and manors of Villasuso, Casa del Cordón, Escoriaza-Esquibel, El Portalón and Montehermoso. We visit as well the Playing Cards Fournier Museum, with one of the biggest collection in the world. We will have the opportunity to see the medieval walls of the city, and the Santa Maria Cathedral (s. XIV) formerly used as a deffensive bastion. After visiting the church of Sam Miguel, with the Virgen Blanca sculpture ,patron virgin of the city, we finish the tour with the Plaza del Matxete, Plaza de España and Plaza de la Virgen Blanca.

TIMETABLES: Holy Week, July, August, September and long weekends. Saturdays all year. Time: Departure 11h30 from Touristic Office. PRICES: 5€ APROX. DURATION: 2h.

GUIDED BICYCLE TOURS

The best way to discover the outskirts of Vitoria is the guided bicycle tour. You will discover three different locations: the green ring in Salburua, the historic site of Armentia and the road to Santiago in Estíbaliz. We move along car free bicycle paths, and sightseens are splendid. There are a few stops planned and the tour ends with a guided visit to the end spot.

VISITS TO THE MEDIEVAL WALLS The Medieval Town brings you the opportunity to discover the city history with a walk along the old medieval walls of Gasteiz (s. XI). The visit starts at the Santa María Cathedral, where there are still some remaining parts of the wall. Going out of the church, you will enter a 3000 square meters area very pleasant path, with aromatic species designed for the viewing of the walls. They first defend the village, then the City of Vitoria.

The tour goes by a footbridges system and allows you to watch 300 meters length of the ancient walls, limited by four towers. The recovered part of the walls are located between the Cantón de la Soledad and Cantón de la Carnicerías and visitors will enjoy one of the unique sites of the city. Pza de la Burullería Tel.: 00 34 945 255 135 Previous reservation needed.

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MUSEUMS OF VITORIA

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•  Artium: Basque contemporary fine arts museum. Artium: Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo.

The permanent collection composed by more than 1.600 works (paintings, sculptures drawings, engravings, pictures and installations) is considered one of the best you can find for basque and spanish contemporary art.

It is always partially exhibited, along with temporary exhibitions and they carry out many other activities.

•  Montehermoso cultural center. Centro cultural Montehermoso.

Aimed to the creation, exhibition and promotion of contemporary art and thinking. Very involved in gender equality policies.

•  Fine arts museum. Museo de Bellas Artes.

Basque classical paintings.

•  Weapons museum. Museo de Armería.

The collection holds weapons and all time war related objects. There is a section devoted to the Batalla de Vitoria.

•  Archaeology museum. Museo de Arqueología.

Objects found in the archaeologic sites from Alava. They cover the period from the first human activities to the middle age. BIBAT museum, Cuchilleria street, 54.

•  Natural science museum. Museo de Ciencias Naturales.

Everything related to natural world is exhibited here (minerals, insects, butterflies, etc.). Siervas de Jesús street, 24.

•  Fournier playing cards museum. Museo Fournier de Naipes.

In this very peculiar museum you will know about cards history and graphic design evolution, visiting the best collection of playing cards in the world. BIBAT museum, Cuchilleria street, 54.

• Sacred art museum. Museo de Arte Sacro.

Important works from the religious heritage are exhibited in the María Inmaculada Cathedral (New Cathedral). Adress: Catedral Nueva Monseñor Cadena y Eleta.

• Lanterns museum. Museo de los Faroles.

Beautiful lanterns from the Rosario de los Faroles procession. Every August the 4th it goes round the center of the city. OTurism information office, General Loma square, 1

MUSEUMS:

• Museo de Armería: 945 18 19 25.

• Museo Arqueología: Tel. 945 20 37 07.

• Museo Ciencias Naturales: Tel. 945 18 19 24.

• Museo Fournier del Naipe: Tel. 945 20 37 07.

• Museo de Arte Sacro: Tel. 945 18 19 18.

PARKS IN VITORIA, THE GREEN RING

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Vitoria is a city with many pedestrian areas, parks and bicycle lanes. Going for a bike ride is very recommended, because there are very few hills. A very easy and handy route joins the Parque de La Florida and Armentia, a small village just three kilometers away.

There are eleven points for borrowing bicycles around town. One of them is very close  from the park, in the Touristic Information Office. Bikes are free, you will only be required to show your ID card or passport.

All in all there are six parks around Vitoria: they form the so called “green ring” of the capital. One of them, Salburua, is not really a park, but one of the more relevant continental wetlands in the Basque Country, and Ramsar wetlands internationally catalogued.

There are several marked walking and bike routes there. Just follow the signs along the paths.

SEAFOOD AT HOME OR AT THE RESTAURANT

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Enjoying a good seafood meal is always a pleasure. We suggest two options: the seafood shop ORIO is in Pío XII street, number 13 (very close from the apartments). You will find there alive seafood. You may cook it yourself or ask them to boil it for you and take it home for a fine soirée.

The other choice is the marisquería Urrunaga in Legutiano, Urrunaga (18 km. away). A very popular seafood restaurant. Very good quality in a beautiful environment.

 

VITORIA FROM THE SKY

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Light aircraft tours

The aeroclub Heraclio Alfaro gives you the opportunity to have your maiden flight 450m over the city and surrounding area. Available for two or three people avid for new experiences. You decide where to go and enjoy the landscapes.

The flight will help you discover the urban planning of the city, where parks and gardens stand out, and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the region with the reservoirs of the Zadorra river and the plain surrounding Vitoria (the Llanada Alavesa).

Journey in a hot air ballon over Vitoria.

Alava en Globo is a company established in the year 2000 that plans balloon flights for companies, institutions and private individuals. Their experienced pilots hold the required licenses from the Dirección de Aviación Civil.

Suggested flights over the nature, with unique landscapes, standard flights over special areas, or flights designed for couples. But you can custom your flight completely  if you want to.

THE RIOJA

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The Rioja Alavesa is well known thanks to the excellent wines produced there, and it is worth a visit.  A turistic bus, called “enobus” is an interesting choice. You will tour around the region and visit a winery for 10€. On board you’ll find lots of info: audio guides in different languages, and leaflets that will help you make the most of the visit. If your choice is driving your own car, we would recommend going first to Laguardia and ask there for guided visits. There are two offers: “Piedra y vino” and “Miradores”.
First will show you Laguardia and then take you to La Villa de Labraza, the Santa María church in Moreda, the renaissance altarpiece and the “Hechicera” dolmen at Elvillar, the town of Poblado de la Hoya and finally an open air walk at the Ysios winery. The rout of the “Miradores” will take you to the Póveda park, the viewpoint at Elciego, the tower of the Samaniego church and the “Balcón de La Rioja” where you’ll find spectacular views. Just a simple walk around the medieval town of Laguardia, placed just down the “Sierra de Cantabria” is worth a visit. The history of this city, declared Monumental Ensemble, is bound to wine and its wineries produce around twelve million litres a year. Lately, Laguardia and the Rioja region experimented a turistic boom thanks to the bet for enologic tourism, with prestigious wineries, some designed by internationally well known architects. For instance the Ysios (Laguardia) wineriy, the first to stress on enologic tourism, built by Santiago Calatrava by the end of the nineties. Another outstanding building, designed by Frank Gehry is the Marqués de Riscal winery (Elciego). The titanium facade and stunning architecture deserved several prices. Avant-garde and tradition compose the landscape at Elciego. Then, there are singular projects, like the San Prudencio winery, producing “ice wine” from black grape, very popular in northern countries like Canada or Austria, but rare known in Spain. A surprising initiative develops at the Bodegas Valdelana (Elciego), the first worldwide to add edible gold to red wine. The bottle comes with a laminated gold dipenser. Apparently, a very successful attempt in Russia or Dubai, where this sofisticated wine is very celebrated.

VITORIA GASTEIZ, EUROPEAN GREEN CAPITAL

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Parks of Vitoria

Spanish regional capital Vitoria-Gasteiz and the French city of Nantes have been named as winners of the European Green Capital award for 2012 and 2013. The awards were presented by EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik at a ceremony in Stockholm, European Green Capital for 2010.

Vitoria-Gasteiz – winner 2012
Vitoria-Gasteiz, a regional capital of northern Spain, has made great progress in greening a traditional urban environment. The “Green Belt”, a semi-natural green area partially reclaimed from degraded areas, surrounds the centre, ensuring its entire population of almost a quarter of a million people lives within 300 metres of an open green space. Numerous measures are in place to assist and increase biodiversity and ecosystem services. Flora and fauna are monitored and habitat fragmentation is reduced wherever possible.

The city is successfully coping with water scarcity and has steadily decreased its water consumption over the last decade. Many water related investments have been made to improve water supply and quality, reduce losses, and work towards sustainable consumption. Vitoria-Gasteiz has an ambitious objective of reducing domestic water consumption to below 100 litres per capita per day.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, founded in 1181, is second in size only to Bilbao in the Basque Country, and has some 240,000 people currently inhabiting this gem in northern Spain. Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital of the Álava province and of the Basque Country.

Nature brought into the city
Vitoria-Gasteiz is comprised of concentric circles, with the city itself at centre. The “Green Belt”, a semi-natural green area partially reclaimed from degraded areas, surrounds the centre and brings nature into the city. The third circle is dominated by forestry and mountains.

The city has a high proportion of green public areas, ensuring that the entire population lives within 300m of an open green space. Numerous tangible measures are in place to assist and increase biodiversity and ecosystems services.
Flora and fauna are monitored, habitat fragmentation is reduced wherever possible, and measures have been introduced to decrease light pollution. Besides being recreational areas and natural habitats for plant and animal life, the green areas also have an educational purpose: the community gardens, for example, enable the population to study horticulture at close range.

Deers in Salburua, Vitoria

Managing water scarcity
Vitoria-Gasteiz has an ambitious objective of reducing domestic water consumption to below 100 litres per capita per day. Already today, water consumption has decreased steadily from 1999 to 2009. Water-related investments have been made within the context of the Agenda 21 environmental action plan for improved water supply, to reduce losses, work towards sustainable consumption and improve water quality. A citizen’s information office on water consumption and efficiency has also been set up.