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Vitoria-Gasteiz has 234.000 inhabitants and it is capital of the Basque Country and of the historical region of Álava. The city looks at the perfect circular valley from its own heart and the blue horizon of the mountains closes it from the distance in a protector embrace. Vitoria has been Gothic, Baroque, Neoclassical, Romantic and a Renaissance city. Today it opens to modern times with the most audacious urban development. The expansion of the city has been carried out in constant harmony through history, since the first medieval widening at the beginning of the XIII century, up to its contemporary neighbourhoods and parks.

Future is already present in a city that, being faithful to its roots, faces the future with wide perspectives. Its Old Town maintains its Gothic layout completely and among its narrow and elliptical streets, steep corners, old and recovered palaces, flows the breath of its origins, of the never lost authenticity.

Through the best routs, looking back to the old Roman road that communicated us with the Greco–Roman world from Astorga to Burdeos, Vitoria-Gasteiz have never stopped being a communicating axis, a walking bridge, an open and permeable route for men and goods which, from the plateau or from Europe, travelled its dynamic and guild territory.

With a controlled expansion, Vitoria-Gasteiz has never lost its human dimension. The cautious municipal policy has contributed to maintain its balance by combining town planning, environment, social initiatives and relationships with first-class services and a network of multidisciplinary centres (social, cultural and sports) that connect the civil life and decentralized the local administration. City of services by excellence, its economy and development aim at this sector within the most innovative European flows.

© Vitoria-Gasteiz Film Office 2009