Museum in Vitoria-Gasteiz

Vitoria’s palace of modern art may not have much in the way of grand architecture, but it stages some of the most daring and thought-provoking exhibitions in the Basque Country. Art lovers shouldn't miss this temple to the avant-garde.

The large subterranean galleries are filled with engrossing pieces by Basque, Spanish and international artists, that delve into topics at the forefront of the present day: identity, consumerism, migration, religion and even more self-referential areas like the meaning and end of collecting/displaying works of art. Audioguides (free in English or French) enrich the overall experience. The museum also aims to engage with visitors in other ways: there are hands-on activities for kids, periodic film screenings and concerts. After digesting the art, sample some of the cuisine at the much-praised Cube Café inside the museum.