Old quarter of Vitoria-Gasteiz

Old quarter of Vitoria-Gasteiz

Art & Culture

Cultural Heritage

Vitoria-Gasteiz' old part, the first settlement in the city, still preserves its original almond-shaped medieval plan, which dates back to more than 8 centuries ago, when Sancho VI "The wise" founded the city.

It is located on a hill dominated by the Cathedral of Santa María. This Gothic temple is undergoing great restoration works and archaeological excavations, which can be visited by the public. Drawing the most recognizable city skyline are, as well as Santa Maria Cathedral, the towers of the churches of San Miguel, San Vicente and San Pedro.

The names of its streets recall the artisan traders who used to work and live there (Correría, Herrería, Zapatería, Cuchillería, Pintorería...) and host the oldest and most singular buildings in the city. Behind the cathedral, for instance, visitors will be able to admire the Portalón, a nice medieval brick inn, and the tower of Anda.

In the heart of the old medieval quarter, two magnificent Reinassance palaces stand out: the Escoriza-Esquivel palace and the Montehermoso palace, the latter now refurbished into a cultural centre.

Also in the old part, we find the Casa del Cordón, a house with a beautiful facade, the Bendaña palace (Bibat Museum) of Gothic-Renaissance style, the church of San Vicente, Villasuso palace and Los Arquillos viewpoint. 

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Old quarter

- 01005 Vitoria-Gasteiz
Middle Age


  • Public toilet
  • Bar/Coffee bar
  • Children facilities
  • Park
  • Restaurant
  • Shops
  • Guided visit