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THE BASQUE COUNTRY

VITORIA-GASTEIZ

One thing you just can't miss is going out for pintxos in some of the city's numerous bars and taverns. "Txikiteo" is an inseparable part of the Basque way of life and for you it is the most seductive way to join in one of the deepest rooted local customs. In some areas there are established "Pintxo Routes" that offer a great way to discover the appeal of these delicious examples of mini-cuisine. Each barrio offers a 'pintxo-pote' on a certain day of the week, when all the bars in the district agree to charge a special low price for a drink, a pintxo and a great atmosphere. Whatever your choice, you will love joining the cuadrillas (groups of revellers) who create a festive atmosphere in the taverns. The bars packed with pintxos are simply irresistible.

Shopping, sweets, pintxos and rambles The dynamic of the city means you have time for everything, including a shopping expedition downtown. There is so much to choose from: speciality stores that have made their business into an exquisite activity, shops with charm, exclusive fashion boutiques and accessory stores that combine design and originality... and delicatessens where you can acquire the flavours of your trip to take back home. Don't grudge yourself that special article and choose from the veritable cornucopia on offer.

And there is another sweet temptation you shouldn't try to resist. Bakery is another speciality of the capital of Araba/Álava with decades of tradition. Allow yourself to be captivated by the endless delights in the shop windows. Try the "goxua" (layered cream cake), the "tarta Gasteiz" (pastry cake) the "txutxitos" (puff cakes), the chocolate truffles, the vasquitos and nesquitas (chocolates)... and if you buy some to take away be sure to get plenty, because everyone who tries them will come back for more.

and when the fiesta starts... ...the city transforms itself. You will have the chance to see for yourself, especially if your visit coincides with the "fiestas de la Blanca" (Feast of the White Virgin) on 5 August. The local hero, Celedón, will have kicked off the festivities the previous day. The atmosphere is electrifying.

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Basque Country Tourist Brochure  

In the Basque Country, despite its small size, a huge variety of surprises await you. You can find out more about them in this brochure In a...

Basque Country Tourist Brochure  

In the Basque Country, despite its small size, a huge variety of surprises await you. You can find out more about them in this brochure In a...