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Hotel Nagusi
Hotel Nagusi has an excellent location to discover Álava and its surroundings. Enjoy places full of history such as Bizkaia, Vitoria or visit the Armeria museum or the Museum of Fine Arts in Vitoria.
BIZKAIA
BIZKAIA

Bilbao

It is the capital of Bizkaia, a prosperous city with plenty of culture, gastronomy and leisure to offer. Here we propose several routes to spend a day in this city.

With regard to transport, we suggest you to drive to a free car park situated in Deusto, which is reached by the entrance to the city that reads "Plaza Sagrado Corazón". We descend across the main street to the Sagrado Corazón roundabout and we will take the direction Euskalduna Bridge. Down the bridge to the left of the skate park we find Deusto free car park. Another option is also trying to park on the streets of the neighbourhood itself, because there is no charge for parking.

From there, you can walk or take the subway. Deusto metro station is close to the car park. There you can buy a "DIA" ticket (one-day ticket) that will allow you to take the metro, bus and tram throughout your stay.

If you prefer to go directly to a downtown car park, you can check the main ones on this map

En route

To walk around a nice area and to enjoy a full view of the city, the best option is to take the metro to Begoña Park. You get off at Casco Viejo, and at the same station you can access the park through a lift. There we can take a walk and see the whole city and visit the Basilica of Begoña, a spectacular sanctuary to the patron saint of Bizkaia.

Once we finished our tour would go down in the lift to the station Casco Viejo, and this time we get off at Plaza de Unamuno. And we are now in the Casco Viejo (historic centre). It is the oldest neighbourhood in the city and locals also call it "the seven streets". Organizing a route through its streets is difficult due to the irregularity of its architecture, so the best option will be walk freely around the neighbourhood.

A mandatory stop at the Casco Viejo is the Plaza Mayor, located very near the Plaza de Unamuno. If we go down Sombrerería Street, a few meters to the right will access this large and beautiful square. We recommend a stop along the way in one of the oldest restaurants in the city "Victor Montes", having been a grocery store since 1936, currently offering spectacular pintxos bar and a menu of excellent portions.

If we continue walking through the Casco we will arrive at the Cathedral of Santiago. The Basilica is located right in the heart of the neighbourhood and, as a matter of interest; there are classic deli business right in the building façade.

Once you have walked the whole area, you must not forget to go through Somera street, which for the people of Bilbao is the main street of the historic centre and is full of craft shops and tapas bars.

When we decided to leave the Casco Viejo any of its streets opposite the Plaza Unamuno direction will lead to Ribera Street, where Market Bilbao, a renovated building, in which you can purchase typical delicacies.

Just right after the market, close to the river, is the Arriaga Theatre, an impressive building that houses many performances throughout the year.

Once there, there are two options: we can continue our tour walking around downtown and reach the shops and restaurants area or we can get on the tram and move to the area of museums to visit the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts .

Museums

If we decide to visit the museums, the best option would be to get into the tram at same stop "Arriaga" and move along the river until "Guggenheim" stop. From there you can easily reach both museums.

The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most important museums in the country shows permanent and temporary collections, witCULh more than six thousand works.

Although it is your first visit to Bilbao, and possibly will have heard or sound familiar to us the Guggenheim Museum, certainly one of the most renowned art centres worldwide. The museum is an outstanding artistic space starting with its own architecture. The shows change frequently and have works done throughout the twentieth century.

To eat in the area we suggest the two culinary offerings offered by the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao Guggenheim Restaurant, with a slightly casual and selected proposal, and Nerua, which serves haute cuisine.

If we opt for another choice, from the Arriaga we can continue visiting the city centre and continue the shopping and pintxos tour.

We walk from the Arriaga Theatre and cross the bridge towards the Plaza de Abando. On the same square on the right, at number 13 Calle Buenos Aires we find the New York cafe, a spectacular place to make a stop and have a tea and some homemade pastries.

If we continue walking straight from the Plaza de Abando we reach the Gran Via business centre of the city. This street is full of shops of all kinds.

Parallel to the Gran Via is Músico Ledesma Street, where you can find plenty of places to eat and nibble quality pintxos. We recommend you to eat at Café Iruña, or at Bitoque Albia located in Mazarred Avenue. This establishment provides a menu of pintxos made with a different concept than usual. You you cannot go without tasting the egg pintxo at 65 degrees with mushrooms and tomato and sushi, accompanied by Ocho Patas (Albariño wine).

If we continue our way down Gran Vía, at the end of it we will reach Calle Diputación, another area especially busy in the afternoons by the locals to have a few drinks. Here is a link with the parallel to Gran Vía, Rodriguez Arias, who also has branded stores and a wide range of fashion. In this area we can make a stop at Cafe Estoril, specializing in martinis and appetizers prepared, or if preferred, very close we can find another Bitoque of Albia.

If we still have time, the Gran Vía you can visit the Cultural Center Alhóndiga Bilbao. This former wine store often hosts interesting exhibitions and events, visit more enjoyable than conventional museum.

Another popular pintxos area is the area of Indautxu.To get there we just have to take Moyua Square, at the end of the Gran Via, Ercilla street and get to Indautxu.
Another option is to go straight for the Gran Vía to the Sacred Heart. There you can enjoy a drink in the afternoon, especially in the developed Pub Winston Churchill and from there back to the parking of Deusto where we parked the car.

These routes can be combined as part of the Casco Viejo and Begoña, pintxos, Gran Via shopping and museums desired.
Bizkaia Coast, Getxo

How to arrive

In Getxo is more complicated to find free car park. The cheapest option is to park your car in Deusto free car park in Bilbao, and from there get to Getxo by metro. The municipality has several areas covering six metro stops: Areeta, Gobela, Neguri, Aiboa, Algorta and Bidezabal.

If we were to recommend a couple of areas to walk, eat, and visit the beach those would certainly be Algorta and Neguri.

Neguri and Algorta

In the district of Algorta is the largest population centre in Getxo.Walking through its streets, one can enjoy the typical seaside architecture of the houses, the beach and also a large number of monuments and buildings of importance such as the Church of St. Nicholas of Bari, the Palace Hall, the Amorotoeana House and the Santísima Trinidad church.Nor can we forget our ride visiting Puerto Viejo (old port) de Algorta, the original area of the district consisting of rustic buildings and connecting at the end with the district of Neguri. See how to get to Algorta.

In Neguri we can see during our walk Náufragos House, Arriluze Lighthouse, the Ampuero Palace, Eguzki-Alde Palace, Marqués de Olaso Palace and Lezama-Leguizamón Palace. All these buildings have a very interesting architecture. See how to get to Neguri

Where to eat

Arana Restaurant
They offer homemade food and by advance order food, that is, calling two days in advance they prepare a custom menu for you.
Telephone: 944 304 686
Villaondoeta, Cl. 33

Artaza Restaurant
Establishment offering traditional cuisine à la carte.
Los Chopos, Av. 12
Telephone: 944 912 852

Goiezti Restaurant Grill House
They offer weekdays daily menu, while the weekends we can opt for the tasting menu (specific for groups) or a menu selection.
Telephone: 944 603 883
Aretxondo, Cl. 14

El puerto-Zabala Restaurant
Site specialized in seafood and fish dishes.
Aretxondo, Cl. 20
Telephone: 944 912 166

DINING

DINING

  • Dining in Vitoria

Aimed at families, couples and groups of friends
Related with dining, delicatessen and leisure

Going for pintxos (snacks) in Vitoria
Firstly, we would like to recommend you two different dining tours along the city. To start with, we include a route with the best establishments to taste a good pintxo, since this city offers a wide range of pintxos in almost all its suburbs. Among all the possible options, we have chosen those establishments that are located in the Vitoria-Gasteiz city centre and include a different and carefully worked making-process for their pintxos.

-Izartza
Located at the fortified square that joins the Old Town and the suburb known as El Ensanche, it offers freshly- prepared pintxos and portions (in Spanish, tapas). We extremely recommend you to taste the toast with foie gras and the tuna Tataki, both accompanied with a wonderful wine, such as the red wine Habla del silencio, from Extremadura.

Location: Plaza de España, 5 (Plaza Nueva)
Telephone: +34 945 23 55 33

-Sagartoki
This restaurant is well known for having won several awards, such as the "La mejor barra" award (The best bar), granted by the guide "Lo Mejor de la Gastronomía". If you go to this establishment, you will find completely different productions. We recommend you to taste the mushrooms lasagne and the pintxo moruno (skewered diced pork).

Location: C/ Prado, 18
Telephone: +34 945 28 86 76

-Toloño
This restaurant, under Los Arquillos, serves a constant fusion of flavours and textures. Its aim is to prepare different options and to surprise anyone’s palate. The black truffle ravioli with foie gras sauce are completely amazing.

Location: Cuesta San Francisco, 3
Telephone: +34 945 23 33 36

-Rodaballo
Iñaki Rodaballo is an example of self-improvement and culinary challenge, who has also consolidated his position as usual speaker in all culinary congresses that take place all around the country.

Location: Calle Ricardo Buesa, 4
Telephone: +34 945 22 26 81

Restaurants:

We also provide you a list with all restaurants we have selected for you to enjoy the excellent gastronomy from Álava.

-Arkupe
Location: Calle de Mateo de Moraza, 13
Telephone: +34 945 23 00 80

-Orio
Location: Calle de Felicias Olabe, 3,
Telephone: +34 945 14 83 00

-Kaskagorri:
Location: Plaza del Machete, 6
Telephone: +34 945 14 92 63

-Casa Vieja
Location: Calle Chiquita, 6
Telephone: +34 945 14 65 65 ‎

-Hordago
Location: Calle Fray Zacarías Martínez, 2
Telephone: +34 945 14 89 71

-Zaldiarán (Michelin Star)
Location: Avenida de Gasteiz, 21
Telephone: +34 945 13 48 22

Delicatessen and typical products

-Corre 34
Location: Calle Correría, 34
Telephone: +34 945 25 10 84

-La Chinata
Location: Calle Rioja, 7
Telephone: +34 945 26 74 64

-Victofer
Location: Calle Cuchillería, 14
Telephone: +34 945 25 53 05

-Chocolate Box
You can enjoy exquisite pastries and impressive homemade chocolate, as well as purchase all the products they offer.
Location: Calle Dato

Places to have a drink or a cocktail

-Signum
Location: San Antonio

-Cacao pal Mono
Location: Pintorería, 23

-Zilarran
Location: Calle Pintorería, 30

-Speak Easy
It offers a wide range of crafted cocktails.
Location: Plaza de España

Specialised breweries
-Kitsch
Location: Cantón de San Francisco Javier, 2

  • Restaurants in Álava


Aimed at families, couples and groups of friends
Related with dining, culture and landscape

-Arrate
Location: Calle San Ignacio, 2 Bajo, Pueblo Salinas de Leniz
Telephone: +34 943 71 43 71

-Izarra Jatetxea
It is placed very close to Murgía.
Location: Calle de Mimintxa, 1 Pueblo, Bitoriano
Telephone: +34 945 43 00 73

-Bideko
Location: Bº Bideko, s/n, Lezama-Amurrio
Telephone: +34 945 89 06 33

-Andra-Mari (Michelin Star)
Although this restaurant is not placed in Álava, but in Bizkaia, we extremely recommend it and you can get driving just 30 minutes.
Location: Barrio Elexalde 22, Galdakao
Telephone: +34 944 56 00 05

-Azurmendi (Michelin Star)
This restaurant is also placed in Bizkaia, much farther from the former, 40 minutes away from Murgía. Undoubtedly, it is a magnificent option if you prefer enjoying an exquisite meal.

Location: Corredor del Txorierri, exit 25, Larrabetzu (Lezama ), Bizkaia
Telephone: +34 944 55 88 66

VITORIA
  • The city
Go shopping

Shop opening hours are 10.00 to 13.30 and 16.00 to 20.30 on weekdays and on Saturdays.

Old town

Centrally located in the heart of the city centre, you can find the old town, perfect to visit traditional and delicatessen shops, shoe stores, boutiques, sweetshops, antique shops and so on.
It is a good option for those travellers who want to combine a shopping session with a wonderful visit to the medieval section of this city.

City centre

This area reaches the streets General Álava, San Prudencio, Florida and Dato. They are the main commercial streets in the city and are placed very close to the old town, so you can move around seamlessly.

The city centre is mainly known by its boutiques, shoe shops and accessories stores. However, you can also find some traditional patisseries among the shops.

Other areas

In case you prefer going to a shopping mall, you can visit the Boulevard one, which is located in the street Zaramaga and offers free parking.

  • Useful information

Location

The municipality is placed in the centre of Álava’s region, in northern Iberian Peninsula.

Languages

There are two official languages in the Basque Country: Basque and Spanish. Although the Basque one has a minor use among citizens, it is increasing the presence in society, since it is the own language in the Basque Country.

Some common terms:

Agur: goodbye
Kaixo: hello
Egun on: Good morning!
Gabon: Good night!
Ongi Etorii: Welcome
Barkatu: I’m very sorry
Mesdez: Please
Jatetxea: Restaurant
Turismo Bulegoa: Tourist Office
Bai: yes
Ez: no
Gasteiz: Vitoria
Aparkalekua: Parking

Weather conditions

This area is characterised by cold winters and cool summers, similar to the plains’ conditions in the plateau’s marginal strip.

Communications

Travel by road
Victoria is directly connected with other Basque cities and with Madrid, since it is a transit point between two roads, the N-I and the hallway A-1. It has two different highways in the municipal boundaries and one motorway available since May 2009: A-1 Madrid to Irún; A-620 Vitoria to Altube and its connection with AP-68 Bilbao to Zaragoza. It also has one new motorway (AP-1) between Vitoria and Éibar that is intended to solve the problems caused by massive traffic in A-1.

Travel by train
The train line from Madrid to Irún includes one of the most important stops in Vitoria. Half a dozen trains link the city with the capital of Spain every day. It should be noted that the ALVIA train service (10.09 in the morning) uses AVE’s infrastructures via Valladolid to arrive to Madrid in 3 hours and 43 minutes. Vitoria is also linked with Castilla y León, Galicia, Cataluña, Alicante, Asturias, Lisbon and Paris. One of the deficits that should be pointed out is the lack of railway services to link Vitoria with Andalucía (no connections) and Bilbao.

Travel by plane
Vitoria airport offers a limited number of passenger flights. On the contrary, it was established as an important freight airport, concretely the third airport for delivering goods in Spain.

Public transport

Bus
The bus network offers nine day lines and six night ones, in order to make your movements around the city and the surrounding areas easier.

Bus station
Vitoria bus station is located in the street Los Herrán, 50, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava.
Telephone: +34 945 25 55 09

Tram
The tram is a different and comfortable way to move around from the city centre to the surrounding areas, as well as to the spacious and free parking areas in Lakua (at the entrance of the city).

Information about parking
A limited time parking system was introduced in the city centre, from half an hour to one hour and a half. You have to make a payment in the arranged machines and place your ticket in a visible position on your car, so that officials can check the time you can be parked.
Timetable:
Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 14:00 and 16:00 - 20:00
On Saturdays: 10:00 - 14:00

You can also find different underground car parks with an additional charge. Some of the parks in the city centre are:
Correos: calle Olaguibel
Dendaraba: Calle Independencia
Arca: Calle del Arca
Corte Inglés: Plaza Santa Barbara
Juan de Ayala: Plaza de Juan de Ayala
Europa: Avenida Gasteiz, 77

Taxis
You can find several taxi ranks all over the city. The fee depends on the distance you need to cover, for example, from the Basque Parliament placed in the city centre to the free car park in Lakua, the final fee would be about EUR 8.

The telephone numbers to ask for a taxi are +34 945 22 35 00 and +34 945 25 30 33.

Finally, our proposal to move around the city if you are travelling by car consists of parking your vehicle a the free car park. It is placed in the first surrounding area that you find when you arrive to the city, the Lakua car park. Then, you can go by bus or tram, since there are several stops in front of the car park.


  • Festivals and markets
January:
The Day of High Mountain (Jornadas de Alta Montaña)
21st century flamenco

February:
Basque cinema week
World Wetlands Day

March:
Gasteiz Fashion Week
Badminton International Open
SINKRO, an electroacoustic music festival

April:
Pintxos week
Saint Prudencio (on the 28th), one of the most important festivities
National Congress of Signature Cuisine

May:
Marathon Martín Fiz, an important sport event

June:
Kaldearte, artistic events that take place outdoors
Azkena Rock Festival
Big Band Festival

July:
Victoria Jazz Festival
Dibertikale, entertainment for children outdoors and shows with dummies
Fair of the Nations (Feria de las Naciones)
Día del Blusa (Blusa’s Day): it takes places on the 25th July

August:
Fiestas de la Virgen Blanca (the most important ones in Vitoria): it takes places from the 4th to the 9th July and includes a lot of typical events, cultural shows, concerts and entertainment

September:
Magialdia, the most important magic festival considered the oldest one in Spain
Large medieval market

October:
World Bird Day (celebrated in Salburúa)
International Kite Festival

November:
International Music Festival Carmelo Bernaola

December:
Cortada, an international exhibition of short films
Mendi Film Festival, an international mountain cinema.
Week of the little casseroles and wine in the Rioja Alavesa subarea

  • European Green Capital

Vitoria’s Green Belt (Anillo verde de Vitoria)

Each park includes a different range of options, information desks, visitor centres and different walking and biking trails. Furthermore, you can find free parking areas in all parks.

Armentia Park

Visitors will find a vast natural gall oak forest, located next to the city, equipped with different walking, biking and horsing trails. Furthermore, it offers some recreation and picnic areas. This park connects the city with the Mountains of Vitoria, hence its eco-friendly importance.

Errekaleor Park

This park is still under construction and borders the Salburua wetlands. Therefore, its location makes this place a privileged area among the parks of the Green Belt. Despite it is not fully prepared, it offers exceptional landscape views.

Olarizu Park

Olarizu’s area is impressive and comprises several meadows and pathways linking the city with nearby villages. Thus, it is a highly frequented place for pedestrians and cyclists. This park represents an innovative concept in the Green Belt, the concept of an urban park, designed for visitors and prepared to represent urban development and green spaces.

Recommended walks

Huertas de Olarizu

Casa de la Dehesa

Humedales de Salburua (wetlands)

These impressive wetlands are located close to the city. You can also enjoy a wonderful walk among the wetlands and gaze at autochthonous animals along your way.

It includes an Interpretive Centre equipped with an interesting and interactive museum for children.
This area also offers the opportunity to go for a route among 4 simple options it has: the yellow, blue, white and green.

Timetable: 10:00 - 14:00 and 16:00 - 20:00

Zabalgana Park

It is located in a settlement of an old gravel pit that was restored as a green space. Nowadays, it contains a number of meadows, forests, pools and small hills. This is a perfect place to go for a walk or practice biking.

Zadorra Park

River Zadorra, the most important river in Vitoria- Gasteiz, is the core and centre of this urban park. Declared a Site of Community Importance (SCI) as part of the European Network of Protected Natural Spaces (Natura 2000 Network), the Zadorra Park and its surroundings are a wonderful place to go for a walk with your family. Although the project is still under construction, it is prepared to receive visitors.

Tramo Atxa-Landaberde

Tramo de Gamarra

Huertas de Urarte

ACTIVITIES

Aimed at families, couples and groups of friends
Related with leisure and culture

Bike rental

Vitoria is the perfect city with parks to go around by bike or to go for a walk. Local government offers citizens and tourists an efficient bike rental system, in order to contribute to sustainable journeys.

Furthermore, authorities propose some bike rides around the city and its surroundings, bringing the Green Belt closer in an interactive way.

The offices where bikes can be rented are:
Tourist offices
Some community centres, such as in Iparralde, Hegoalde, Lakua, Aldabe, El Pilar, Judimendi and Arriaga
Some sports centres, such as the ones in Mendizorrotza, Ariznabarra, Abetxuko and Aranalde
Shopping malls: El Boulevard and Lakua
Artium Museum, in Vitoria
Timetable: 09:30 - 21:00 year-around

Touristic train

This is a train that goes all over the city and let children visit it in a comfortable and nice way.
The tour starts and finishes in the Virgen Blanca square, after having visited the Vitoria-Gasteiz town centre.
Furthermore, it offers guided services to receive some information when you are on the road.
Telephone: +34 945 16 15 98
Timetable: Monday to Sunday at 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00 and 20:00.

Con V de Viernes

To start the weekend in a good mood, you can enjoy different performances all Friday evenings in July and August, such as music concerts, theatre performances, puppet shows and circus sessions.
Dates: All Fridays in July and August
Location: All performances will take place in the Virgen Blanca square

Dancing in La Florida Park

On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, you can enjoy some popular music performances played by small and medium size orchestras at La Florida park kiosk.
Timetable: 19:00 - 21:30
Dates: All Saturdays and Sundays in June, July, August and September
Location: La Florida park kiosk

Adventure tourism
Information about horse riding, ice skating, paragliding, zip lining, pot-holing and other activities.

Equestrian sports

Information about riding centres that offer horse rides all around their facilities. These are good options to visit the natural spaces around the city.

You need to make a reservation by phone. The length of horse rides can vary between one hour and two hours, and the fee is about EUR 20-25 per person.

Caballerizas Bikuña
Telephone: +34 945 31 22 89
Visit the website
How to get

Club Deportivo Hípico Pottoka
Telephone: +34 945 41 02 26
Visit the website
How to get

Excursiones y Rutas Ecuestres Artziniega
Telephone: +34 945 39 60 60
How to get

Hípica del Zaldiaran
Telephone: +34 945 145 367
Visit the website
How to get

Golf courses

We offer information about two of the most important golf courses in the Basque Country (concretely in Álava) for enthusiasts of this sport.

Club Izkiz-golf
It has 18 holes.
Telephone: +34 945 37 81 87
Visit the website
How to get

Larrabea golf course
It has 18 holes + 6.
Telephone: +34 945 46 57 25
Visit the website
How to get

Ice rink

Why don't you go ice skating with your children? Vitoria's rink is placed at the BAKH, the Baskonia's sports complex, which is one of the most important basketball teams in Europe.
It is available from September to June and the complex has a free open parking.

Fees to have access: EUR 3 for children and EUR 5 for adults.
Ice skates rental: EUR 4.5 for children and adults
Timetable: 16:30 - 18:45 on Wednesdays,
16:30 -19:45 on Fridays,
and 10:00 - 13:30 and
16:30 - 21:00 on Sundays and bank days
How to get

Pot-holing

We include some information about the centres that offer pot-holing tours in Álava. Check fees and availability by phone.

Naturlan

This is a centre that offers hot-poling tours, rafting or hiking, among others.
Naturlan Espeleología provides a simple tour around the Alava cave of Mairulegorreta, in the Gorbea Natural Park (telephone: +34 947 35 83 83).

Climbing and canoying

Kiroland

Kiroland is a leisure activities centre dedicated to organise and introduce contact sports, such as climbing, canoying and mountain bike.
Telephone: +34 945 27 27 52

Parque Aventura Sobrón
Telephone: +34 945 35 90 16

Inguru Aventura
Telephone: +34 635 748 947 and +34 635 748 948

Activities Parks

Activities Parks are a perfect option to the entire family, and Álava has a wide range of facilities to do these activities. We include information about two adventure parks that provide a vast selection of activities to be combined in order to satisfy your needs.

Parque Aventura Sobrón
Telephone: +34 945 35 90 16

Inguru Aventura
Telephone: +34 635 748 947 and +34 635 748 948

Paragliding

We include some information about companies that offer services related to air sports for those visitors who practice this kind of sports or who have time and interest to be introduced on them.

Parapente Gasteiz

Escuela Vasca de Parapente (Basque School of Paragliding)
Telephone: +34 94 648 05 63 and +34 608 87 17 43

Karts

An additional leisure activity you can do with your family or friends is to spend the afternoon in the karting circuits placed at Vitoria. Set up to make children enjoy the facilities, they can be a different funny option.
Fees can range from EUR 15 to 20 per person.

Karting Bi Bultz
Telephone: +34 945 24 18 68

Karting kart
Telephone: +34 945 19 73 52

Camino de Santiago

El Camino de Santiago Vasco, also called Ruta Jacobea Vasca or Ruta de Bayona, was an important path between 10th and 13rd centuries. Álava has always been an influential connection point.
However, it was not till the Romans that an "official" passage way was established, the famous Roman roads across the territory. In medieval times, a new pathway was shaped trough the natural tunnel of San Adrián to arrive to France. Thus, both routes ran into the same place in Eguilaz, defining an important cultural area that was so vast that let the territory became a passage way to arrive to the river Ebro.

Asociación de los Amigos del Camino de Santiago, in Álava
Calle Zapatería, 85 Vitoria-Gasteiz
Telephone: +34 945 14 47 94 / +34 609 47 24 46
Timetable: Tuesday and Thursday from 18.30 to 20.30



El camino por Haro

You can do two different routes from the tunnel of San Adrián. The first one passes through Araya, Eguilaz, Salvatierra, Gaceo, Ezquerecocha, Alegria, Elburgo, Arcaya, Vitoria, Armentia and Ariñez. The alternative route crosses Galarreta, Heredia, Audicana, Arbulo, Ilarraza, Elorriaga, Gomecha and Ariñez. From Ariñez, you can go on your route to Haro through Puebla de Arganzón, Armiñón, Lacorzanilla, Zambrana, Salinillas de Buradón, Briñas and Haro.

If you decide to do this route, you will enjoy several heritages:

Aitzkorri-Aratz Natural Park
Riscos de Bilibio, in Haro

In addition to the numerous megalithic monuments sites, such as those in Cegama, Hernani and Oyarzun, you can find remains of old civilisations, such as the Roman remains of Arce-Mirapérez (Miranda de Ebro) or the Arditurri mine in Oyarzun.

Other interesting monuments are:

Chapel of San Millán, in Ordoñana
Palace of Lazarraga, in Zalduondo
Medieval town of Salvatierra
Church of La Asunción, in Alaiza
Church of San Martín de Tours, in Gaceo
Church of San Román, in Ezquerecocha
Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de Ayala, in Alegría
Parish of San Julián, in Oreitia
Church of the Natividad, in Añua
Parish of San Pedro, in Matauco
Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de Estibaliz, in Vitoria
Basilica of San Prudencio, in Armentia (Vitoria)
Cathedral of Santa María, in Vitoria
Transept of Inmaculada Concepción in Briñas

Regarding residential architecture, you can visit several places:

Palace of Andoin-Luzuriaga, in Zalduondo de Álava
Palace of Lazarraga, in Zalduondo de Álava
Casa de Begoña, in Salvatierra
Casa de Azcárraga, in Salvatierra
Palace of Condes de Oñate, in Salinillas de Buradón

Rioja
  • Guided wine tourism

Aimed at families, couples and groups of friends
Related to culture, dining and wine tourism

There are several companies devoted to the organisation of guided tours throughout the Rioja Alavesa. In this experience, we have put together those activities which encompass the largest number of opportunities and that also offer alternatives about rates.

Guided tours to the wineries Bodegas Arabarte

Thanks to the "Despensa de Arabarte", you can choose from several visits personalised for you. Some options consist of visiting the wineries, arranging a tasting, going to the vineyards or being part of a workshop to cook pintxos.
Check the online catalogue and select the visit and the menu you prefer.

Furthermore, you can ask for information about the following special and exclusive offers that are targeted to our guests in Hotel Nagusi.
1 "Visita a Bodegas" (Visit some wineries): a visit to the winery and a tasting session, as well as a special menu in the winery (EUR 39.90 per person)
2 "Experiencia en Viñedos" (Experience in the vineyards): A experience in the vineyards, a visit to the winery and a special menu in the winery (EUR 49.90 per person).

Enobus, the wine route

The "enobus" consists of a program with guided visits that takes place every weekend, and the routes are always different.

The departure date will be at 9.00 hours on Saturdays, leaving from Marianistas (the bus stop that is located behind the new Cathedral).

Telephone number to ask for information: +34 945 33 10 60
Email address: info@thabuca.com

  • Free visit

Aimed at families, couples and groups of friends
Related to culture, dining and wine tourism
Laguardia

Laguardia (a town located in the Rioja Alavesa) offers a wonderful journey to see Alava's plains and all wine fields, as well as a dining and cultural promotion which is indispensable in your visit.

You will find a magnificent and perfectly preserved medieval town, placed at the high part of a hill. If you decide to go for a walk among the streets, you will also see a large number of traditional businesses dedicated to wine and tastings.

A different proposal includes a stop in one of the wineries placed in the town centre, because they provide guided visits to their underground facilities, as well as a tasting. The tours can go on from one or two hours and the rate goes from EUR 15 - 25.

In the street Calle Mayor, you will find the lodging Mayor Migueloa, an incredible place for those who prefer stopping to eat some snacks and an ideal wine. It is recommended to taste portions of cold meat and cheese.

Once you have visited the winery and enjoyed a good snack, you could go to the restaurant Casa Marixa, located in the town entry. From the dining room, you will be observing a landscape full of vineyards, at the same time that you indulge in a Riojan menu. Fees can vary depending on your preferences: a Riojan menu or a menu a la carte. Telephone: +34 945 60 01 65 and +34 945 60 02 02

When you have finished your meal, do not leave the town without visiting the main square (Plaza Principal) and the delicatessen shop called Arburi.

On the way to Vitoria, you can do a last stop to drink a coffee in Labastida on the same road to Vitoria, placed at 20 minutes from Laguardia. This is a little village where we recommend you to visit the church and enjoy the views it offers.

Hiking
Aimed at families, couples and groups of friends
Related to landscape, hiking, cycling and culture

We have tried to cover several landscapes and include an interesting range of routes. Thanks to the information we offer, hikers can select a plan adapted to their preferences.

Anyway, in any information and tourist office next to the area, you will be informed about the routes and walks.

Paseo Espejo-Salinas, in Añana

This route starts at the pediment located in the town centre of the village, Espejo. You can walk through the slope of Roblecillo until you arrive to a new town, Tuesta, where you can find a curious church protected by holm oaks. On the right side of the church, you fill find the road that leads you to Atiega. If you continue this path, you will get to Salinas de Añana, a beautiful and important town in Álava, that has natural saltwater springs which create one of the most important salt exploitation in the Iberian Peninsula.

Intensity: Low
Distance: 6 km
Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Senda del monte Jaundel (Path of Mount Jaundel)

This impressive route, an undemanding one, includes a wonderful walk along the forest. This is an educative path with lots of small interpretative charts about the environment, so the walk is perfectly signalled.

Intensity: Low
Distance: 4 km
Duration: 1 hour and a half

Route among the walnut trees located in Villanañe-Angosto

You can start this route from Villanañe fountain, to continue then by the general road, where a rock representing the Monastery Order shows where the path begins. When you are going down the street, you will find the Roman bridge, and after crossing it, you will come across a hiking path on the left side of the river.

Intensity: Low
Distance: 2 km
Duration: 30 minutes

Senda a Villaverde

Departing from the old washing place in Lagrán, you will take part of a walk among beech woods and oak woods, and you will be able to enjoy magnificent panoramic views along the path.

Intensity: Medium
Distance: 6.7 km
Duration: 2 hours and a half

Senda del Valle

This route goes over the valley of Arana, joining several villages, such as San Vicente de Arana, Roitegi, Contrasta, Ulibarri-Arana and Alda, through some routes in paths divided into plots and mountains ways. The path starts from the fountain square in San Vicente de Arana.

Intensity: Medium
Distance: 16 km
Duration: 4 hours

-Journey from Bellojín to Pico Olvedo (Olvedo's peak)

This unknown ascent proposes an interesting route till Olvedo's peak, from where you can enjoy amazing panoramic views. Leaving from Arriba fountain, you will find a path on the left side. When climbing, you will come across some water wells and rough holm oak woods. You will find several path forks, from where you have to continue always going on the right side. Some stones (similar to milestones) will warn us about arriving to the summit.

Intensity: Low
Distance: 5 km
Duration: 2 hours and a half

ENVIRONMENT
  • Izki Natural Park

Aimed at families, couples and groups of friends
Related to natural environment, hiking and ecotourism

This is one of the vaster sessile oaks forest in Europe, which is established over the sand basin of the River Izki. It takes in a large number of animals inside. Among them, we can highlight the wild boars, the European minks, the yellow-necked mice and the agile frogs. If you walk in silence and in an attentive attitude, you might sight highly evasive birds, such as the middle spotted woodpecker or the great spotted woodpecker, with a unique plumage in red and black tones. It is more likely for you to see other birds at great distances, such as the golden eagle, the peregrine falcon or the Egyptian vulture (the only Iberian vulture that emigrated to Africa in winter). Some wetlands, such as the ones located next to Quintana y Urturi, are also recommended because it is easier to catch sight of several migratory birds on them.

The Interpretive Centre of the Park is placed at the only town inside the park, Corres. It is a curious medieval village of the 13rd century, full of outstanding streets with aligned, narrow and high houses. Some sections of the fortifications and the castle that had been built for defence reasons are still available at this moment. At that point, you will receive all information about the Natural Park, as well as about close towns and the activities you can do.

Routes:

Izki has a path network with 15 signalled routes, most of them with a low difficulty level. If you want to do a small route to enjoy the landscape, you can select a circular route starting in Corres and going on by the Senda Antoñana. This route starts at the town's church and continues among an environment full of maples, kermes oaks and gall oaks. While you keep going, you will be entering into the beech wood, whose shadows make us enjoy a nicer route. At one concrete moment, you will see an old coal cellar and then, a rocky monolith where an ancient castle was placed. Next to it, you can see excellent views of the Corres cliff, from the signalled overlook. Since then, you will start going down to Antoñana. However, you can take a detour and connect with the Senda Bujanda, that carries you to Corres again, having the opportunity to see the Aranbaltza Dum, built 100 years ago.

Those who are used to long routes along the forest can decide to do a larger path that goes through most of the Natural Park. Crossing the road you have accessed to the town, you will find the Senda Larrabila, which pass through a landscape with beeches and sessile oaks. After a five-kilometre route, you need to connect with the Senda de Los Arrieros, that will let you go until the path of Loizar, an area that is used to be flooded, but you can cross it by perfectly flat rocks. Finally, you will arrive to a new path, Senda Ullibarri, which drives you again to Corres among a landscape that changes the wooded formations seen till now to ploughed lands, those fields that were taken from the forest to cultivate them.

Restaurants:

After having finished the route, you can prepare a barbeque in the recreation area under the town or come back by car to the close town of Maeztu. There, you can enjoy an ideal meal in the restaurant Los Roturos, located in the street Herrería, in Maeztu. Telephone: +34 945 41 02 50

  • Reservoir of Ullibarri-Gamboa

Aimed at families, couples and groups of friends
Related to landscape, hiking and cycling

In the reservoir, different beach areas have been prepared, both in the Garaio Regional Park and the village of Landa. Furthermore, you can carry out some hiking and cycling routes or visit the close wetlands and the ornithological park of Mendixur.

The birds observatory in Mendixur

Duration: 1 hour and a half

At 300 metres before getting to Garaio, you will find this impressive protected space, marked with a signal on the left side of the road.

On the way to Garaio Regional Park, you can do the first stop to visit the wetlands and the bird observatory of Mendixur. This is a mandatory stop to enjoy different birds which nest at this point or simply do a pause on their migratory path.

It consists of two different pathways that pass through the wetland: the Senda de Birruchi (0.6 km) and the Senda de Recabarri (1 km). At the end, there are some camouflaged observatories, provided with information about birds you could observe if you are patient and you stay silent.

You can also ask for a guided tour to the information centre, placed at the Garaio Regional Park. The tours start at the wetland and the guides will provide you with binoculars and telescopes.

Timetable: on weekdays in June, July and August 11:00 - 19:00; bank holidays in Alava: 11:00
On weekdays from September to May: 11:00

Telephone number to make reservations: +34 695 78 24 98

Around the reservoir

Duration: this is the ideal place to spend one morning or afternoon, although the visit's duration will depend on the route we select or the activity we decide to practise.

The visitors help desk, placed about 200 meters behind the Park, offers all the information you need about its activities and offers.

Timetable of the help desk: 9:30 - 20:30 in June, July and August
9:00 - 15:00 from September to May

Telephone: +34 695 78 24 98

Activities to be done in the Ullibarri Reservoir:

-Having a bath: The reservoir has vast areas to have a bath, equipped with showers, services and first-aid posts.

-Bikes checkout desk: you can rent a bike at the information desk located in the Garaio Park.
Timetable: 11:00 - 19:00 in June, July and August
10:00 - 14:00 from September to October

-Guided tours to Garaio: visits with inscription in advance through the telephone number +34 695 78 24 98.
Timetable: all year round, but you need to call first

-Workshops in summer: targeted to children between 6 and 13 years old

The workshop "Conoce las aves": on Tuesdays in June, July and August at 18:00 hours
The workshop "Orientate en Garayo": on Thursdays in June, July and August at 18:00 hours
Prior inscription on the phone number +34 695 78 24 98

-Fishing: Fishing is allowed in all areas of the reservoir (except in the footbridges and the beach areas).
Before doing this activity, it is highly recommended to use some time to check the website of the Diputación de Álava, in order to review the seasonal law.

-Vessels: it is allowed to use your vessels on the reservoir. Vessels with less than 2.5 metre length have to pass through the disinfection point after having been used. This point is located in the Vitoria's marina. In case you have a larger vessel, you should ask for a permission.

-Routes: In Ulibarri reservoir, you will find four signalled pathways. All of them can be done on foot or by bike.

In Garaio Park, you can find two routes:
Alto de Ondoriz:
This route includes light slopes through the mountains. The intensity is smooth and it will take you about 45 minutes.

Alto de Muskuria:
This route, also with smooth intensity, crosses the reservoir through a footbridge over the water that will draw the attention of youngest people. This routes takes you about 45 minutes.

Around the reservoir, you will find two more routes:
Ruta Norte:
This route borders the reservoir, passing through all the important places of this area. You start and finish the route in Landa, passing through Marieta, Azua, Gamboa, Ullibarri and Landa. The route includes 31 km, and takes you about 7 hours and a half on foot and 3 hours and a half by bike. It requires medium effort level and includes slopes and mountains sections.

Ruta Sur:
It is a circular route with a lower duration. It starts and finishes in Garaio, passing through Mendixur, Azua and coming back to Garaio. It will take you 2 hours and a half on foot and 1 hours and a half by bike. This route implies low intensity.

Restaurants next to the reservoir:

You can prepare a barbeque at the reservoir, although the Diputación can prohibit fires anywhere in summer if temperatures are high or droughts are present. The barbeque needs to have a structure that isolates it from the soil.
In all villages around the reservoir, you will find wonderful areas to eat. In Landa, before arriving at the bath area, you can find the bar Etxezuri, a meeting point for cyclists and bikers. It has a large terrace where it serves a menu of sandwiches and portions at a valuable price.

Undoubtedly, the place we recommend is located in Salinas de Leinitz, a few kilometres away driving from Landa to Bergara.
It is small restaurant called Arrate (placed in the town square) serves traditional food. The food depends on the season and it is necessary to call before going to have lunch or dinner. Telephone: +34 943 71 43 71.

  • Valderejo Natural Park

Aimed at families, couples and groups of friends
Related to natural environment, hiking and ecotourism

In Valderejo, you can find a searched canyon along the river Purón, and the long rocky scarps Vallegrull or Recuenco. At the valley's base, the fields and crops show the old farming and livestock use, a kind of activity that has already been diminishing its presence. In fact, if we consider the four villages that are located in the Natural Park (Ribera, Villamardones, Lahoz and Lalastra), only one of them is inhabited at present. The predominant tree you can see is the Scots pine that forms thick forests in the mountainsides, although we can highlight some beech woods and holm oak woods. If you go through the highest areas, you could enjoy some karstic plains, covered with pastures, junipers, gayubas and heathers. Regarding the fauna in Valderejo, we can highlight the Griffon vulture, since this place has the most important number in the Basque Country region. Along the pathways, you can see them flying and also gaze at other animals, such as the Egyptian vulture or the golden eagle. Among these forests, there are some hidden animals, such as the wild cat and the roe deer.

Routes:

In Lalastra, you can find the Valderejo Interpretive Centre, where staff will inform you about signalled routes in the Park, as well as other activities you can do there. Furthermore, you can visit the Ethnographic Museum that shows how life was in ancient times, as well as the main landmarks.

Visitors cannot lose the opportunity to walk till the canyon of River Purón. This pathway starts at the Interpretive Centre and takes you down among pine groves of wild pines, accompanied by gorses and junipers. Crossing the first wooden door, the landscape starts to change and the holm oaks are more frequent until you arrive to the abandoned place of Ribera. There, you can take a break and visit the remains of this town, especially the church. If you go on the road among the vast open field of Ribera, you will get to a new door, and then, you will have reached a narrow canyon in River Purón that has about 0.5 km long and links the Alava territory with the Tobalina valley from Burgos.

Restaurants:

If you go straight, you will arrive to Herrán, where you can eat in Restaurante La Torre de Herrán (from EUR 14 per person; it is recommended to call in advance to the number +34 947 35 85 60<).

If you prefer a route to know the main peculiarities of this park, we extremely recommend you to choose the pathway Senda San Lorenzo. It is a simple path of about 2.5 km that takes you to the chapel of San Lorenzo, located in the highest area. From Lalastra, you can go on the road and arrive to an abandoned town, Villamardones. The yew that is placed in front of the church indicates the way to go on. You will be entering into a wild pine groove, accompanied also by beech trees, that leads you through a smooth slope until the most gradient part. After making some efforts, you will have reached the metal cross that indicated the end of the pathway to the chapel. Since there, you can enjoy the wonderful views of Valderejo. At this point, some longer pathways are also present. In case you don't want to walk, you can come back to Lalastra by doing the same route.
Restaurants: you can recover energy in the restaurant Valderejo Etxea.
Telephone: +34 945 35 30 85.

If you prefer eating on the way back, you can take a break in Escota and enjoy a wonderful meal in the restaurant La Era.

  • Gorbea Natural Park

Aimed at families, couples and groups of friends
Related to natural environments, hiking, ecotourism

Gorbea’s peak (1,482 meter high) is the highest summit in Euskadi region, and the Natural Park with the same name occupies its surroundings, over Álava and Vizcaya territories. The Alava’s Interpretive Centre is located in Sarria and continues to Murgía, that is why, in a few minutes you can be enjoying a landscape where beech woods are outlined (Altube’s one), as well as oak woods and holm oak woods. This setting provides shelter to important animals, such as the pine marten, the jungle cat or the martens, although the most distinguished animal is the deer, reintroduced in the middle of last century. In September, you can also go for a walk through the Natural Park and listen to the roaring that animals pronounce when they are on heat. If you are lucky, we will be able to catch sight of any animal. It is likely that visitors sight any goshawk, sparrow hawk or a European short-toed eagle over the sky.

You can go by car until the Interpretive Centre, but then, it is not permitted to access by car and you could be fined. The staff will inform you about all possible routes in this park, as well as the guided tours and activities you can do there.

Routes:

Gorbea Natural Park offers 14 signed paths (7 paths in each slope) whose difficulty goes from a low level to a higher one. If you like ascending to the summit in order to enjoy one of the most impressive views in Euskadi, you should plan a hike for a whole day, since the ascent is long and you will often face gradients and paths with a medium-high difficulty level. Furthermore, hikers should know that, in the final ascent, they will find some shade corners to be hidden when the sun is shining.
If you want to be indulged in the natural environment in a more relaxing way, the Interpretive Centre’s staff will inform you about other shorter and easier paths. It is recommended to travel by car till the Centre’s car park, and then, to go on foot along the Bayas-Gorbea path that starts right there. You can visit Zaldibartxo Puddles, where youths from close villages go to take a bath in summer, and continue this path till the shelter Arkarai and the bridge of Arlobi. At about 30 metres away, you can ford the river and go on a sloping path that takes you to a little peak, next to a hut. When you start descending the route, you will find the menhir Arlobi, renovated in 2004. You should ask for information about the most convenient route at the Interpretative Centre.

One alternative and lovely route takes you to the caves of Mairulegorreta (you can only visit them with caving equipment), but this path is more difficult than the former. You can drive until Murua and get access to the Las Canteras recreation area with your vehicle. Then, start the Zubialde-Egillolarra path. You will arrive to a junction that indicates the direction you have to take to the caves through a path which is getting more slope and passing through beeches and oaks. You will arrive to a fence that shows you only need 45 minutes to arrive to the caves. You will be really impressed with this a medium-high difficulty route that passes through natural environment to be impressed!

Restaurants:

If the tour has taken you a long time and you are hungry when you finish, take your car and drive until Bitoriano. In this close village, you can taste the traditional food that Restaurante Izarra (telephone: +34 945 430 073) serves. If you prefer to come back to Murgía to eat the menu of the day from Monday to Friday, visit Casa Areso. During the weekend, the menu needs to be a la carte.

HIKING
GAZTELUGATXE BIOTOPE

Discover the rocky crags that seem to be floating over the Cantabrian Sea, the raging waves, the guard hermitages and the underwater caves that are present on the Biskaia coast, a protected landscape.

ITXIÑA PROTECTED BIOTOPE

This geological phenomenon takes places because of the rain water that has been dissolving limestones for years. It is a kind of rocky plateau whose edges rise forming a crest, as trying to protect its concave interior.

URBASA NATURAL PARK

This is an impressive natural space that shows a resource use in nature, where you can discover the fields, beech woods, sheep, shepherds and hikers who live together without any tension. At the foot of the mountains, hidden on the enormous limestone fortifications of Balcón de Pilates, you can find an incredible fairy tale corner: the source of the River Urederra.

GORBEIA PARK, IN ARABA

The most emblematic Basque peak highlights over the hills and the forests that link Bizkaia and Araba. The Gorbeia Park, a magic place with incomparable panoramic views, an aura of mystery and legend, and the solitude of its cross among the winder snow, is seen as an unforgettable climb.

VALDEREJO NATURAL PARK

Valderejo’s landscape can be described as a spacious and high valley enclosed by sheer slopes that finish in rocky shelves. Awarded as Natural Park in 1992, this valley is located in the most western edge of Álava, very close to Burgos, and it is almost abandoned, that is why flora and fauna are extremely rich and varied.