Vitoria Travel Guide

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Vitoria Things to Do

  • The medieval quarter IV.

    Just across the road from the Palacio de Escoriaza-Esquibel is a small park with this extraordinary piece of street-art on the entire wall. There is also this gigantic statue in wood, but nothing to tell me who it is by or what it represents. Further down the same street at no 2 is the Centre Culturel Montehermoso, a beautiful 16th c building that...

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  • The medieval quarter III.

    Moving around the circuit back towards the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca, on the right hand side of calle Frai Zacarias Martinez you'll find yourself on a square that has a good piece of the old Gasteiz city walls including a square tower constructed in the 11th c. Here is to be found also one of the most important pieces of Basque Renaissance, the...

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  • Churches of the Old Town II.

    San Miguel church stands on the Plaza de la Vergen Blanca, but is situated on a sort of terrace/balcony that overlooks the square. Built in the 14th c, it is once again gothic in nature and is noted for having 9 different chapels inside. On the front of the main portico is a niche with a statue of the White Virgin, the patron saint of Vitoria,...

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  • Churches of the Old Town.

    Starting with the Cathedral Santa Maria at the end of the Cudilleria. Unfortunately at the moment (July 2012) it is pretty much covered in scaffolding and being renovated, although there are guided tours during this work (8€). Started around the year 1200 it went through many phases before being finished with a 17th c bell-tower.Another gothic...

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  • The medieval quarter II.

    Just to the right of Los Arquillos is the "Cudilleria", the main street where the students meet for a drink and a chat outside. There are a few restaurants and a lot of bars along here. On the right is the Casa del Cordon, so called because of the intricate Franciscan lacework around the double entry doors. Owned by a bank today, it is given over...

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  • The medieval quarter.

    Any hotel will give you a map of the inner city where most of the monuments are. You can either follow the "Camino de Santiago" or just follow the map from wherever you start the tour. A couple of hours are enough to visit the old quarter without actually entering or really visiting the churches and monuments. Starting by the Plaza de la Virgen...

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Vitoria Restaurants

  • Nice and intimate.

    This little restaurant is just on the other side of the street from the Artium museum and the hotel Bilbaina where we stayed. Nice decoration, comfy dark wood and nice lighting. The food is nothing fancy but then again neither is the price. 12 euros for a 3-course meal inc the bottle of wine. Couple of coffees and tip made it a round-up to 30E...

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  • Indian in Spain

    This Indian restaurant was just down the road from our flat, and we went here a couple of times when we got bored with our own cooking. The staff were always friendly and welcoming, even when we turned up much much earlier than any other customers (we never quite got used to the Spanish way of eating late), and the food was always delicious. We...

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  • Basque Bacalao

    In our last week in Vitoria we were taken out for a meal by some of our Basque colleagues, and went to this restaurant. We had bacalao (traditional salt-cod) with chocolate - an odd combination! - and a bacalao salad, followed by a wonderful dessert that was recommended by our friends, which we were told was called Valenciana - freshly squeezed...

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  • Quick cheap eats

    If you want to get a take-away pizza, or want a quick cheap meal, there is a Telepizza branch on Calle de los Herran, and another at the El Boulevard shopping centre/mall (I think there are others as well, but those are the ones we used).

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  • TAJ-MAHAL INDIAN RESTAURANT

    It´s in the old town, five minutes walking from the Artium. The service and the quality are really good, but it´s a little bit expensive in my opinion. I paid about 20€ in 2009 for a dish of curry lamb, some rice and a cheese bread.

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  • INDIAN RESTAURANT

    If you are fed up of basque food you can try in this indian restaurant. There is another indian restaurant five minutes walking from this one but the relation between price and quality is better in this one.I recomend the tandori chiken (4,50€ in 2009) but there are many other delicious choices.

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Vitoria Nightlife

  • Part 5 - breakfast

    I think we chose this cafe as it was one of the few open before 8am, not to mention being close to our flat! Best to soak up all that alcohol by getting something to eat - croissants, pain au chocolat, or a bocadillo tortilla patata if you can stomach it!

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  • Part 4 - clubs

    Spree opens at about 3am, and I've actually no idea when it closes as we gave up before that happened... I think we left at 7am, so that should give you a rough idea! Again, it's a fairly small bar, so it's usually heaving, but it's a fun place to hang out with friends. As with other bars, we seemed to be given several free shots of oddly-flavoured...

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  • Part 2 - Fuel up

    Spaniards generally eat quite late, so if your pintxos haven't filled you up you should grab some dinner (at around 10-11pm) before you go on for serious drinking.If you don't want to go out to a restaurant (if you do, see my restaurant tips), and don't have a home to go to, then you could worse than follow the young Spaniards' example - get a...

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Vitoria Transportation

  • Cheap and cheerful

    There is an airport at Vitoria, but it seems that none of the airlines fly there from Britain any more. You'll most likely fly into Bilbao, in which case, just get the bus from there - it takes an hour, and costs 5,45 euros one way (2008 price).You'll arrive at Vitoria bus staton (pictured), from which is an easy walk to almost anywhere in the...

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  • By Bicycle

    Vitoria serves excellent possibility to go around by bike. You may use special bikes owned by the town without any fee . The season begins in the end of May.

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  • Bus from Bilbao

    Pick up bus from San Mames, there are various ticket outlets.... The first time I got a little confused between Bus Number and Platform (too many beers no doubt) anyway it's easy to change your ticket, just point to yourself and say 'STUPIDO' then no problem! Anyway costs around 5 five euros and takes under an hour!

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Vitoria Shopping

  • A veritable Aladdin's cave!

    A fascinating shop opposite the Artium, full of antiques and bric-a-brac, including jewellery, books, furniture and a horse-drawn carriage, of all things! You can pick up small items of jewellery, or little boxes, for under 5euros - for larger items of furniture, probably well over 100 euros!

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  • Careful with your timing!

    Shops open around 10 and then close around 1 or 2 pm. They will open up again between 4 and 4:30.Lots of places in Vitoria, including museums, are closed on Mondays.This shop is the only shop I came across that had souvenier type of gifts. I picked up (and bought) a refrigerator magnet and a patch to sew on my suitcase. ( I know, I have extravagant...

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  • Feel free to need beauty products or...

    Vitoria has an abundance of pharmacies. Couldn't miss them with their neon green lights. Fortunately I didn't need any headache tablets or beauty products, so I never set foot in one...

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Vitoria Local Customs

  • Ham Hocks

    Most cafes have ham hocks hanging up behind the bar. Sliced ham is often found on many pinchos. Our friend tells us that their ham is salted, not smoked dry.

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  • Good News!

    There is very little tipping required in Vitoria. The taxi drivers turned down tips, as did the coat check lady at a disco. When I asked my friends how much of a tip to leave the hotel maid she said, "Nada." (none!)The cafes do accept a tip--a mere 10 percent...I could get used to this!

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  • Senior Fashion

    I'm sure it's not mandatory, but it sure seems like every gentleman over the age of 70 can be seen wearing a beret!

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Vitoria Warnings and Dangers

  • Wiki Bar In 'The Old Town (part)'

    This is the worst pub in the world. It is packed wall-to-wall with people trying to dance to the worst music in the world (petrol-station music), Clapping hands etc. You can't get to the bar for love nor money! Visit other bars in this road or area... If not bring your own rope! I was thinking of opening a shop next door selling rope... I would...

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  • No boundaries!

    Roads in Vitoria may be asphalt, brick, cobblestone, concrete, etc. It's hard to tell which is road and which is sidewalk and cars seem to drive everywhere! You may be ambling along on what you think is a sidewalk and have a car zoom up your butt! Add to this the fact that Vitorians drive at the speed of sound and you are in for a few scary...

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Vitoria What to Pack

  • Rain or sunshine?

    The weather can be pretty changeable in the north of Spain, even in summer. July 2008 was unusually hot, with the temperature frequently reaching 38° C, but climate change may well make that the norm, so plenty of light clothing is a good idea, but take a jacket too just in case of rain (the first 3 Sundays I was there it rained!). If you're...

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  • Thinking ahead...

    Don't bring big, bulky luggage if friends will be picking you up at the airport- it might not fit in the car! Vitoria is in the rainy part of the country. Bring an umbrella. Lucky me! Didn't need one-uncharactiscally warm and sunny during our stay! lots of pharmacies. look for the flashing green neon cross. Since Vitoria isn't a tourist city,...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Vitoria Sports & Outdoors

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    by Stevo68 Written Dec 22, 2005

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    In La Liga but not doing too well... seems like most of the younger people support bigger clubs!!! Come on support your local team!

    Come on Alaves

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Vitoria Favorites

  • Beautiful City

    Vitoria is a beautiful city to visit on foot. There are so many parks and pedestrian walkways, and the buildings and their landscaping are always captivating. Villa Sofia, pictured here, is located on Paseo de Fray Francisco.

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  • How to drink and socialize properly...

    The Basques know how to do it! I was wondering how I was going to be able to keep up when I heard that the locals here go from place to place, a drink and eats here, a drink and eats there, and so on and so on.But here's how I was able to cope!1. Pinchos are small potions, so you don't stuff yourself straight off.2. You order a tinto (sounds like...

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  • ETA and Euskal Herria

    ETA / Euskal Herria stickers, posters, and graffiti are everywhere. Daily vigils can be seen in Plaza de la Virgen Blanca.

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