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Vitoria-Gasteiz

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  • Day8

    Short day to Vitoria

    June 10, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    I slept in till 7, made a coffee with my spiffy electric coil, and by 7:45 or so we were ambling our way to Vitoria, capital of the Basque Country.

    We passed a turn-off for a 2 km detour to the region’s “jewel of Romanesque” but since it is Monday and the church is closed, I passed on the chance to see the outside.

    We did go through a little town with a church with a Romanesque and doorway. Closed too, of course.

    The city of Vitoria has a beautiful downtown medieval core (was a walled city). Since the albergue didn’t open for almost two hours, we opted for a cheap pension in the old quarter. It’s fine.

    Currently icing my knee. Nothing to do before the 5 pm Cathedral tour except eat lunch, so I will rest up for a while now.
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  • Day20

    Noch nasseres Vitoria-Gasteiz

    July 27, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Des Basken ganzer Stolz und die Hauptstadt des Baskenlandes liegt ca. 70 Kilometer südlich von Bilbao. Traumhaft schön, mit einer inmitten der alavesischen Hochebene gelegenen Siedlung namens “Gasteiz”, welche noch heute als Altstadt das Herz von Vitoria darstellt.
    Leider wurde mein Ausflug von mehreren Wolkenbrüchen begleitet, weshalb ich sehr dankbar um meinen trockenen Camper und dichte Dachlucken war 😉.
    Anschließend machte ich mich auf den Weg in ländlichere Gegenden des Inlandes und habe ein ruhiges Plätzchen auf einem Bauernhof in Barrio del Estiàn gefunden.
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  • Day13

    Vitoria Gasteiz

    September 28, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    A stop to enjoy culture and gastronimy at 200%

  • Day12

    Vitòria, amics, pintxopote ❤️

    July 5, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌬 19 °C

    ... Arribem a Vitòria. Ens costa una mica aparcar al barri de la Sònia. Ho aconseguim. Els seus pares ens conviden a berenar i xerrem una mica de tot i al cap d'una estona sortim a passejar pel casc antic. La Sònia ens fa de guia i ens explica moltes cosetes. Després, tornem al barri i anem de "pintxopote, que justament el fan els dijous. A cada bar ofereixen dos pintxos a escollir amb una beguda petita per 1,5e. I fem ruta. Ho gaudim el que ens deixa L'ian. Ell s'ho passa bé, perquè també ha vingut l'amiga Sònia de la Sònia i s'han ajuntat una colla de nens. Al final, acaba molt accelerat I costa un munt que s'adormi. No sabem si quedar-nos a Vitòria a dormir o seguir la ruta. Al final, per que L'ian s'adormi, seguim. Anem a dormir a San Juan de gaztelugatxe. Com sempre ens donen les tantes i es fosc. No veig el camí, pero estic segura de que demà ens llevarem amb unes vistes espectaculars. ❤️Read more

  • Day18

    Vitoria-Gasteiz

    July 31, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital of the Basque Autonomous Community in northern Spain. In the medieval quarter, the Gothic-style Santa María Cathedral features a sculpted facade and towering columns

    The 17th-century Plaza de la Virgen Blanca has a monument to the 1813 Battle of Vitoria. The Church of San Miguel has a large, baroque altarpiece and houses a statue of the White Virgin, the city’s patron saint

    Few places have two names like Vitoria-Gasteiz. The name "Nueva Victoria" was given to the city by King Sancho VI of Navarre, who founded Vitoria in 1181. At that time it was a walled defensive outpost belonging to the kingdom of Navarre. The name "Gasteiz" comes from a hamlet that used to stand on the hill around which our city is built.

    Historically, Victoria has always enjoyed a strategic position because it is situated on the shortest route between the tablelands of Castile and Northern Europe. Throughout its history, the city has always been known as an important trading centre. Historians record that there were three markets held every week in the 13th century and after 1399, there were two annual fairs attended by numerous visitors.

    Another important historical feature of the city is its individual privileges, which declared all its inhabitants to be equal, without distinction between nobles and the masses.
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  • Day19

    Santander - Spain

    August 1, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    The history of Santander goes back to the 1st century A.D. which is when the archaeological Roman remains found in the city have been dated. However, may historians go further back to the year 26 B.C. when during the Cantabrian Wars against Rome the Emperor Augustus wished to leave a record of his will to victory over the Cantabrians at the Portus Victoriae (Port of Victory)

    The first documented record of Santander appears in the privilege granted by Sancho II to the Monasterio de San Emeterio in 1068, from the Latin name of which (Sancti Emeterii) the current name of the city seems to originate

    Santander subsequently became an abbacy town and in 1187 was granted a privilege by Alfonso VIII. Moreover, Santander was one of the Four Sea Towns together with San Vicente, Laredo, and Castro Urdiales, and the ships that were to form the fleet of the Kingdom of Castile were built in their shipyards. An outstanding triumph of the Santander navy was the capture of Seville in 1248

    By the 13th century the town of Santander was grouped around two centres: the Old Town, in which the castle and the abbey-collegiate church stood out (the current area of the Cathedral and the Calle Alta), and the New Town (the area of Calle Santa Clara and Calle San Francisco), both of which are joined by a bridge and between which the building of Las Atarazanas would have been situated. However, its expansion was to be checked by a major setback: plague struck the town in 1497. For years Santander suffered the effects of depopulation and plague. Fortunately the opening of the Reinosa Road in 1753 led to the establishing of an important trade in wool and flour from Castile, especially as from 1765 when the Port of Santander was prepared for trade with the American colonies. At the same time the town was to undergo institutional changes: in 1754 it was chosen as the see of the Santander diocese and in 1755 King Ferdinand VI granted it the title of city. From then on Santander began to dominate the region and became its capital in 1801 with the creation of the Maritime Province of Santander

    The period of the true urban expansion of Santander was the 19th century. Although at the start of the century the city suffered the Napoleonic invasion, epidemics, and colonial crises, progress did not falter. The rise of the flour trade together with the importing of colonial produce encouraged the building of a railway between Alar del Rey and Santander. The Port of Santander had so much trade that it was even referred to as the Liverpool of Spain. This expansion was however cut short by the explosion on the quays of the ship Cabo Machichaco in 1893, which left 500 dead and injured thousands

    In summer 1861 Queen Isabel II decided to spend a few days on the beaches of El Sardinero; in gratitude the Town Council gave her the Alfonsina estate with the aim of her establishing her summer residence in Santander. Although this project did not come to fruition for political reasons, it was recovered by Alfonso XIII. The city therefore made a gift to the monarch of the land of the Península de la Magdalena and the palace of the same name, work on which was completed in 1912. Its construction encouraged that of some of the most emblematic buildings such as the Gran Casino, the Hotel Real, and the former Bellavista Racecourse.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Gasteiz / Vitoria, Vitoria, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Витория, Vitòria, Vitorio, Gasteiz, ויטוריה, VIT, ビトリア, Victoriacum, 01001, Vitória

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