You might not had realised that Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital of the Basque Country. It's a surprisingly modest city, as far as the outside world is concerned, but one with a truly wonderful old centre, the kind of pintxo (Basque tapas) bars and restaurants you'd expect from the capital of such a food-loving region, and an art gallery to rival Bilbao's. So as you'd expect the best places to stay in Vitoria-Gasteiz, if you want to get the most from the city, are those to be found right in its centre.
Maybe Vitoria-Gasteiz is so confident of its desirable attributes that it doesn't need to shout about it! And the same can be said for some of the understated charmers on our Guru's list of the best places to stay in Vitoria-Gasteiz.
One of the charms of Vitoria-Gasteiz's old town is the fact that the medieval names of the narrow streets have been kept - and they pretty much describe the business which went on along each of them. The old town is where you'll find the famous Catedral de Santa Maria, which sticks out of the skyline like the highlight it is.
There are a number of other impressive churches to wonder at, and it's the beauty of its municipal buildings and squares that befits Vitoria-Gasteiz's importance as a regional capital.
Vitoria-Gasteiz also has some exceptional museums, including the Artium art gallery, a museum dedicated to weaponry and armour, a natural history museum and an archaeological museum.
As well as its own appeals, Vitoria-Gasteiz is just over 60kms from Bilbao, just over 100kms from San Sebastian, and just to the south is the La Rioja wine region. So you're right in the physical heart of the region too. So if you don't like the look of our pick of the best places to stay in Vitoria-Gasteiz, there's plenty of other options close by.
Despite being the Basque capital, it might be useful to know that Spanish is still the main language of Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Vitoria Gasteiz
A fantastic little hotel with a B&B vibe. A traditional building in the old town with just 8 minimalist chic rooms, lots of natural light, and all the mod cons. Excellent value and right next to all the attractions and best restaurants.