The City of Vitoria
Vitoria-Gasteiz, capital of Euskadi, enjoys a privileged location. Located at an important road junction, it stands astride the north-south route to the rest of the Iberian Peninsula and forms the natural exit from the Basque country to the Mediterranean. The road network that connects the city with Bilbao, Donostia-San Sebastián and the surrounding communities is modern and very safe.
The A-1 that connects Madrid to the rest of Europe also runs through the province of Alava and means that Vitoria-Gasteiz is less than 4 hours from the capital of Spain. Its strategic position, excellent transport network and proximity to other capitals make Vitoria-Gasteiz a magnificent destination and the ideal starting point to explore Euskadi.
Approximate distances by road:
Bilbao: 0 h 57 min
Donostia/San Sebastián: 1 h 16 min
Logroño: 1 h 05 min
Pamplona: 1 h 09 min
Burgos: 1 h 14 min
Santander: 1 h 50 min
Zaragoza: 2 h 28 min
Madrid: 3 h 29 min
Barcelona: 5 h 07 min
Vitoria-Gasteiz is a modern, authentic, friendly, green, sustainable, modern, medieval city with loads of charm.
Its compromise with sustainability is demonstrated by the 2012 European Green Capital award, obtained thanks to its environmental policy and the commitment and involvement of citizens who feel proud of their city. It is also in the process of obtaining certification as a Biosphere Responsible Tourism destination and will be the first city in Euskadi to do so.
The development of a series of innovative and committed actions in this field such as eco-districts, the ambitious mobility plan, measures to improve air quality by controlling emissions from industries, the reduction of noise pollution and an entire policy of awareness of the use of office supplies, furnishings, etc. have contributed to creating this green city.
In fact, it is the first Spanish city to achieve GEP Platform certification that ensures the competitiveness of companies and industrial areas and also obtained the 2010 Green Flag Environmental Award.
In addition, Vitoria-Gasteiz’s Green Ring - made up of seven parks that surround the city and a total of 47 kilometres of pedestrian and cycling itineraries that add to the other 43 kilometres in the city - endows it with a natural periphery of high ecological value where people can walk, cycle, observe birds and enjoy nature just minutes from the centre of the capital. Consequently, access to parks from the city centre on foot, by bicycle, bus or by car is quick and easy.