Hotels in Vitoria, País Vasco (Basque Country), Spain
Places to Visit in Vitoria Spain by Michael Lee
Vitoria in northern Spain is less
visited by British travellers than some of the Southern cities. It's true
the weather here is not as good as the South but with average temperatures
in the mid twenties during summer it is still a fantastic place to consider
visiting whilst you are in Spain. So if the sun doesn't shine every day
I would suggest hiring a car and seeing some of the fabulous historic centers
which make the Alava region so special.
Vitoria is the capital of the Alava
province and of the autonomous region of the Basque Country. In fact Vitoria
has two names it is officially Vitoria-Gasteiz. The Name Nuevo Victoria
was given to the city by King Sancho VI of Navarre, who founded the modern
city of Vitoria in 1181. Before this Vitoria as it stands today didn't
really exist, the closest inhabited area was the hamlet of Gasteiz which
stood on the hill around which Vitoria grew. Vitoria was little more than
a walled defensive outpost which belonged to the kingdom of Navarre.
Vitoria grew to the city we know
today mainly because of its strategic position between the table lands
of Castile and Northern Europe. The huge number of passing travellers meant
it became an important trade center. In the 13th century three weekly markets
took place and two very important annual fairs were held.
of Vitoria's most interesting historical elements was that the city held
its own individual principals that became laws. All inhabitants of Vitoria
were declared equal, there was no distinction between nobility and the
Vitoria has a small airport but you
will find it difficult to get cheap flights into the city. Most travellers
fly to Bilbao airport. Bilbao is only 66 kilometres away from Vitoria and
is a relatively easy drive on good roads. If you arrive at Bilbao airport
I would definitely suggest hiring a car. This kind of service is a lot
cheaper than in the UK. In fact you can often save money during your stay
by hiring a car because you will avoid transfer costs and transport costs
during your stay.
A short distance away is the town
of Mendoza where you can visit the medieval tower and the dungeons below.
The medieval tower discovered in Donana is now known to have been a dungeon
used for prisoners and perhaps lovers in the Palace. The latter possibility
has been strengthened with the discovery of two bodies. A legend says that
courtesans kept their lovers there until death.
If you have had enough of narrow
cobbled winding streets and this city steeped in history an escape to Garaio
will come as a welcome escape. Your hire car will be perfect for a day
trip Garaio it is only 15 kilometres away, here you'll find all of the
activities which you can't enjoy in the city. Cycling, mountain biking,
hill walking, sailing and canoeing are all possible in the park. For any
serious twitchers out there make sure you visit the Mendixur Bird Observatory.
These outdoor parks have facilities
for swimming, out door bars, picnics and space to enjoy the beautiful countryside
in this area of Spain.
Ensure you pre book your hire car
as far in advance as possible before your trip. Remember to take into account
the luggage you will be taking with you when you book the car. If you're
taking sports equipment make sure it will fit in with your luggage. A smaller
car will undoubtedly be cheaper if you are not planning to use you car
very much this will be best; but there's nothing quite like travelling
around Spain in the luxury of a convertible hire car.
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General Alava Hotel, Vitoria
AC General Alava is located
in the town of Vitoria, Spain, 800 metres from the historic old town and
the Cathedral of Santa Maria. Bilbao is 50 kilometres away. AC General
Alava is a 10-storey high-rise hotel featuring contemporary architecture.
Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can offer currency exchange,
tour assistance, and the use of a safe-deposit box. The public areas
have wireless Internet access, and there is limited-hours room service.
Restaurant El Figon serves regional specialities and Spanish dishes in
a contemporary setting, and features show cooking. The old town of
Vitoria-Gasteiz, 800 metres from the hotel, centres on the Cathedral of
Santa Maria. The winding streets offer an authentic taste of old Spain.
Hotel Gasteiz, Vitoria
Explore the city's 400 historic
buildings including the Santa Maria Cathedral, the Casa del Cordón,
and the Playing Card Museum in an old Basque home. In Vitoria-Gasteiz,
the sounds of jazz wrap themselves around medieval architecture and echo
through the old quarter during the week long international jazz festival
in July. End your day with a beautiful meal in the hotel restaurant where
the chefs pride themselves in their traditional, dishes made with only
fresh, local seasonal ingredients. The Barcelo Hotel Gasteiz features a
restaurant, piano bar, and disco. Artagan - Savor Basque and international
specialties in the hotel's restaurant. The Barcelo Hotel Gasteiz features
150 guestrooms; rooms can accommodate a maximum of three people.
Silken Ciudad de Vitoria
Located in the center of
historic Vitoria, the Hotel Silken is housed in a striking neo-classical
style building situated 500 meters from the cathedral and Artium Museum.
From the hotel's central location, visitors have easy access to Bilbao,
San Sebastian and the Rioja wine district. The hotel's onsite restaurant,
Ciudad de Vitoria, offers an a la carte menu with regional specialties
and international dishes, served in a relaxed setting with contemporary
furnishings. Alternatively, guests can order room service and rent
a film from the onsite video library, or enjoy a drink in the Piano Bar
Wellington, which offers live piano music and a variety of cocktails.
Guests can make use of the business center with meeting rooms, work out
in the fitness center after a day of meetings, or pamper themselves in
the massage-treatment rooms, jetted tub and sauna.
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