The Artium Museum in Vitoria Gasteiz, Basque country in Spain.

© saiko3p/Getty Images/iStock


Top choice in Basque Country

Art lovers shouldn't miss Vitoria’s palace of modern art. The large subterranean galleries are filled with engrossing pieces by artists from the Basque Country (including Eduardo Chillida, Jorge Oteiza and Cristina Iglesias), Spain (eg Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí) and beyond (such as American Bill Viola and Argentine-Italian Fabian Marcaccio), complemented by thought-provoking temporary exhibitions. Multilingual audio guides are free. There are hands-on activities for kids, periodic film screenings and concerts, and an in-house cafe.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Basque Country attractions

1. Museo Fournier de Naipes

0.15 MILES

The eccentric Museo Fournier de Naipes is in the 16th-century Palacio de Bendaña, with an impressive collection of historic presses and playing cards,…

2. Bibat

0.15 MILES

Bibat incorporates the Museo de Arqueología, whose 1500-piece archaeological collection covers the province of Álava, from prehistory to the Bronze Age …

3. Paseo de los Arquillos

0.23 MILES

Built between 1787 and 1802, this neoclassical covered arcade connects the old and new towns.

4. Catedral de Santa María

0.23 MILES

At the summit of the old town and dominating its skyline is the Catedral de Santa María. Built between the 13th and 14th centuries in the Gothic style,…

5. Iglesia de San Miguel Arcángel

0.26 MILES

At the base of Vitoria's medieval Casco Viejo is the delightful Plaza de la Virgén Blanca, which is lorded over by the 14th-century Iglesia de San Miguel…

6. Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Álava

0.33 MILES

Inside this natural-history museum is a dazzling collection of minerals. You can also marvel at a mantis caught in amber, get an eyeful of some beautiful…

7. Vitoria-Gasteiz Market

0.34 MILES

A wonderful covered market that has all the fruits, vegetables, wines, breads, desserts and other ingredients for a memorable feast. If you're not self…

8. Iglesia de San Pedro Apóstol

0.34 MILES

This is the city’s oldest church and has a fabulous Gothic frontispiece on its eastern facade. Unfortunately, it's rarely open. Your best bet to seeing…