Unfortunately, Vitoria-Gasteiz is often overshadowed by the other more prominent Basque cities. But it has a lot to offer. It's down to earth and it's got soul. The Basque capital reveals a medieval quarter where it is possible to find the most charming little corners, gardens and tree-lined boulevards, where medieval streets harmoniously intermingle with Renaissance palaces and Neoclassical churches. The nerve center of the city is Plaza de la Virgen Blanca, presided over by the Battle of Vitoria monument. It is also the site of the church of San Miguel, which houses the image of the White Virgin, the city's patron saint. The present building dates between the 14th and 16th centuries, as evidenced by the mixture of Gothic and Renaissance elements. Take for example Vitoria’s medieval city center. Many buildings there date back to the 1500’s and earlier and are very nicely preserved. The almond-shaped center is also partly surrounded by a wall from the 11th century along with several impressive watchtowers.
Vitoria enjoys an intense cultural life, as evidenced year after year by its most famous event: the Jazz Festival. Its traditional recipes (based on fresh orchard products and always accompanied by a unique Basque wine) will not disappoint.
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