Álava is one of the three provinces of the Basque Country. 
If you visit this area of Spain it will be no use you practising your newly learnt Castilian Spanish on the locals as they probably won’t understand you – they speak Euskara. Come to that, if your Spanish pronunciation is anything like mine, the locals in other areas of Spain won’t understand you either! 

Never mind! A visit to Vitoria, the capital of the province, should cheer you up – as long as you like architecture! There are medieval buildings, Renaissance mansions and attractive churches.

Plaza de la Virgen Blanca en Vitoria-Gasteiz. by Guyletsbuild (public domain)

Catedral de María Inmaculada (Catedral Nueva) de Vitoria-Gasteiz
by Zarateman (public domain)

If you are not a culture vulture you can console yourself by eating, as the food’s pretty good. Some say (probably the Basques) that the region has the finest cuisine in Spain!

Robert Bovington


more blogs by Robert Bovington…

“Photographs of Spain”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

About Robert Bovington

Robert Bovington is an English writer of travel books. These include “Spanish Matters” and “Spanish Impressions” Robert Bovington was born in Brighton, East Sussex, the son of Leonard and Audrey Bovington. He is the first-born and has eight siblings – six brothers and two sisters. Having worked for many years in both the telecommunications industry and the teaching profession, Robert wanted to take on new challenges. He and Diane decided to relocate to Spain and, in 2003, the couple moved to Roquetas de Mar in sunny Andalucía. However, lazing on the beach was not Robert's idea of fun - he wanted to explore his new homeland. It didn't stop there! He was so impressed with Spain, its countryside, its historic cities and its culture that it inspired him to write about his experiences. Robert Bovington has been married to Diane for over thirty years. They have no children. However, Robert’s short marriage to Helene resulted in twin daughters Carole and Sheila. The author is also a grandfather and great grandfather. Robert met Diane when both belonged to the Crescent Operatic Society. Music is one of the author’s great passions. At primary school he sang in a choir in a concert of Bach and Handel. Another of his interests is football and for many years he supported Brighton & Hove Albion home and away. His favourite premiership team is Arsenal. Other interests include information technology, writing and ten-pin bowling.
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