The Ayuntamiento de Vitoria-Gasteiz has kindly offered two sponsored walking tours of Vitoria’s delightful Centro Histórico (Old Town – declared a Monumental Site in 1997) for conference delegates attending the 11th edition of the annual International Wine Tourism Conference, Exhibition and Workshop (IWINETC).
Highlights on the two itineraries include a visit to the Santa Maria Cathedral, the old city walls, palaces (Renaissance palatial architecture) with stories to tell, churches, convents and chapels, Baroque sculptures and paintings and a visit to the Farmers’ Market (Mercado de Abastos).
Tour 1 Santa María Cathedral & Bell Tower. Open for Repairs is the humerous catchphrase as the Cathedral is currently undergoing a serious renovation plan which actually makes for a more fascinating tour. Initial excavations show that Vitoria- Gasteiz has probably been around since the 8th century and the tour will show, by means of a series of models how the town has changed over the ages. The view from the Tower will enable you to see the almond shape of the Centro Histórico and some of the palaces and museums.
Tour 2 Centro Histórico (Old Town). Guided tour of the quaint and compact almendra (almond shaped city centre) taking in Machete Square, St Michaels Arches, City Walls, Palacio Escoriaza-Esquivel and the Palacio de Montehermoso and the Farmer’s Market to name just a few of the highlights.
Both tours will be available for conference delegates on Monday 11 March at 14.30
The 2019 edition of IWINETC is supported by the following institutions: Departamento de Turismo, Comercio y Consumo del Gobierno Vasco; Departamento de Fomento del Empleo, Comercio y Turismo de la Diputación Foral de Álava; Ayuntamiento de Vitoria-Gasteiz y Ruta del Vino de Rioja Alavesa.
The 2019 and 11th edition of the International Wine Tourism Conference will take place in the Basque Country at the Palacio de Congresos Europa, Vitoria-Gasteiz on the 12th and 13th March 2019. It’s the perfect setting to gain knowledge, improve business connections, network and discover Rioja Alavesa and Txakolí wines and the Basque Country as a grape escape destination.