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    Basque Capital with Laidback Charm

    The real joy of Vitoria-Gasteiz is wandering unhurriedly around medieval cobbled streets named after professions once performed there. Stone buildings, an arched gate with a portcullis, and steps climbing gentle hills all add to the atmosphere of life in years gone by.

    But that doesn’t mean the Basque Country capital isn’t modern in outlook. In fact, the moving walkway ascending a hill is a stroke of genius. The Europa Conference and Exhibition Centre is a state-of-the-art events venue, and Artium is an innovative collection of Basque Contemporary Art.

    Vitoria-Gasteiz also has a fine art museum, near the Basque Parliament building, but the historic charms are the real draw. The old cathedral dates to the 14th century, while the new Cathedral of Mary Immaculate is an impressive neo-Gothic structure. Nearby houses have brightly painted murals which tell a story, best explained on a walking tour.

    Porticoed buildings line elegant Plaza de España, and next door is Plaza de la Virgen Blanca with its boxed balconies. Pavement cafes and bars overlook the Monument to Independence, an event commemorated in a Beethoven symphony. A more unusual sight is the museum celebrating the city’s role in playing card production.

    The Vitoria-Gasteiz accommodation on Booking.com includes luxury hotels, cheap hostels by the train station and apartments near Vitoria Airport.