A Backgrounder for your Vitoria-Gasteiz Private Tour
When Elvis Presley sang “No more do I see the starlight caress your hair…”, it was a version of “La Paloma”, the most adapted song in Spanish history. The tune was penned by Sebastián Iradier, a famous son of Vitoria-Gasteiz. The King (of Memphis) was far from Vitoria-Gasteiz’s first brush with a musical great.
Beethoven’s orchestral work Battle of Vitoria (Wellington’s Victory) immortalized a nineteenthcentury battle near Vitoria that marked the beginning of the end of Napoleon’s empire.
Vitoria-Gasteiz remains connected to music, with more than ten annual rock, jazz, punk, modern, classical and ancient music festivals. But music is not the only reason to visit Vitoria-Gasteiz. It has made great strides in environmental protection and sustainability — the only city in Spain to win two international awards: the European Green Capital in 2012 and the Global Green City award in 2019.
The people of Vitoria know how to mix their long history and remarkable medieval architecture with excellent gastronomy, memorable international events, a sophisticated local cultural life, a prosperous economy, and social progress to create a desirable Slow Life.
Vitoria is also one of the wealthiest cities in Spain, making it a desirable place to visit and do with Vitoria-Gasteiz as Elvis sang: “come to me…, and let us part no more!”
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