Discover the Basque Country's capital from your holiday lettings in Vitoria-Gasteiz
If you want to travel to rentals in a smaller, less touristy destination than the usual hotspots like the South of France or Spain's Costa Brava, book a self catering holiday home in Vitoria Gasteiz and you won't be disappointed. The capital of the Basque Country is much less well known than its two other main cities, San Sebastián and Bilbao, which is actually less than an hour away, meaning that your accommodation is in an ideal spot for travelling and exploring other areas. The Basque city Vitoria Gasteiz was awarded the title of European Green Capital in 2012. This is because this metropolitan area is full of green spaces and parks, and it is committed to sustainable development and improving the environment. In fact, your private holiday lettings in Vitoria Gasteiz will be within a very short walking distance from one of these green spaces, as every resident here lives only 300m away from a park! This, along with the superb architecture that can be found here, is what makes it such a remarkable city to visit. The Basque country is located on the Bay of Biscay and, similarly to Andorra, it lies beween France, which houses three of its administrative districts, and Spain, which contains the other four.
Vitoria Gasteiz holiday homes – so much to see and do!
The Medieval District of the municipality became a monumental site in the year 1987; the Old Quarters here still remain in the same layout as in Medieval times, which really allows visitors staying in rental properties and other holiday accommodation here to go back in time and experience the history of the city as it would have been in the past. This is also a favourite spot amongst art-lovers, as there are examples of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and also Neoclassical art here. This is not the only area of Vitoria which is interesting to history and art fans alike; the whole municipality boasts a large range of stunning buildings, churches, museums and squares, and it is one of the few cities to have not one, but two cathedrals! The gothic Cathedral of Santa María is the oldest, built in the 13th and 14th centuries. It has a 17th century tower and boasts several chapels containing Flemish, Italian and Gothic Renaissance images. The more modern of the two is the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate, which was built in the 20th century and is very gothic in style. It is an incredible building to look at and is in a charming setting surrounded by greenery in the middle of a park. The entire city is known as an open-air museum, because there are so many works of art dotted around, such as sculptures, architectural works and gardens, which you can appreciate from your Vitoria Gasteiz holiday lettings. The Museo de Bellas Artes is an art museum dedicated to in Spanish and Basque art from the 18th and 19th centuries, and the building itself and surrounding houses are very impressive, too. This museum also has a beautiful interior and some unique gardens to view.
Get to know a new culture in the Basque Country
Vitoria Gasteiz also enjoys an abundance of cultural festivities, for example the International Jazz festival which has featured many famous artists, including Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie. Gastronomy is a big part of society here, so another way to enjoy the culture is by trying out the local Basque cuisine; fish and meat grilled over hot coals, meat and bean stews and pintxos (Basque tapas) are but a few of the regional dishes. The food here is heavily influenced by the region's location – there is an abundance of seafood and fish coming from the sea on one side, but the mountainous inland areas have more cured meats and a large variety of vegetables with both French and Spanish influences. A popular Basque beverage is cider – and the friendly locals have an unusual way of drinking it. There are many cider houses in this district, in which there are huge cider barrels lining the walls. Instead of using a tap to pour the cider, a small peg is simply pulled out of the barrel and you have to put out your glass and catch the cider as it comes pouring out!
An exciting local festival, the Virgen Blanca festivities, has been held annually from the 4th to the 8th of August since the year of 1884 to celebrate the patron saint of the city. Here you'll find free open air concerts along with many other activities. This festival starts with a Celedón (a small doll with a beret holding an umbrella) making its decent hanging from a wire from the belfry of the Church of San Miguel to a balcony in the New Square, where it is then replaced by a human in traditional dress who wishes the citizens a happy celebration. There's a day during this Basque festival which is specially designated for the children, so it's a perfect time to take the family to stay in a rental propery or other holiday lettings in Vitoria Gasteiz. Then a few days later, the Celedón ascends once again to mark the end of the festival. This, along with all of the architecture, sightseeing tours, beautiful squares and intriguing street art makes this culture-filled capital a perfect destination which should not be missed off your travel itinerary. So book an apartment or one of the other rentals in Vitoria Gasteiz today and enjoy your stay!