Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital of the province of Alava, in the Basque Country. In 2012, it was designated “European Green Capital” by the European Commission, thanks to its pioneering environmental policies. The city is surrounded by parks known as the “green belt”.
The city has a medieval centre, where countless places of great traditional character, such as the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca (White Virgin Square), and historic buildings like the cathedral of Santa María.
Vitoria-Gasteiz is also known for its lively culinary scene, with a range of restaurants, cafes, and food markets offering some of the best Basque dishes and pintxos.
The centre is relatively small and easy to get around on foot. The UPV/EHU campus is connected with the bus station by tram and bus, and the train station is right opposite the Faculty of Arts (2 min walk).