Vitoria-Gasteiz is three times a capital in spite of its size. First, it´s a capital of the Basque Country – it´s the seat of the Basque Parliament, and the official residence of the president of Euskadi is located here. Secondly, thanks to the great quantity of greenery the city got the title of the European Green Capital of 2012. Thirdly, Vitoria became the Spanish Gastronomy Capital for this year.
The Basque capital is also called a city of three towers because of the four belfries dominating the old city landscape – of the St. Mary´s Cathedral and the St. Michael´s and St. Vincent´s churches. Vitoria was founded in 1181 by the king of Navarra Sancho VI. In the course of the history the city, like any other, had its ups and downs but the old quarters were preserved in nearly perfect condition to the present day. They are also called the “Medieval almond” because of their shape if seen from the bird´s eye view. The medieval quarters were declared a Monumental Site in 1979.
Our guide will show you the main attractions of the city. You will visit the main squares, see the palaces and monuments. Our guide will tell you about the historical events and urban legends. The excursion can be supplemented with a visit to the Arms Museum, the Fine Arts Museum or the Playing Card Museum. We shall not forget about the local cuisine and the tour will be finished in the bar with the best pintxos (tapas) of the city.