Spend this Christmas in the Basque Country and experience our traditions to the full
The beating heart of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Visit the stalls selling fresh, fresh products - and 8 gastrobars!
Soak up the Christmas atmosphere in the seven streets of the Old Quarter or stroll through the Indautxu and Ensanche districts to find the most exclusive shops.
Take a walk around the pedestrianised streets in the centre of Vitoria-Gasteiz, where top brands rub shoulders with local shops steeped in tradition.
Olentzero is who gives out presents in the Basque Country on the night of 24th December. During the day he parades around the streets so that everyone can give him their letter. Don't miss it!
This legendary park in Mungia is a magical place where the smallest members of the family can meet Olentzero and other mythical Basque characters.
The monumental nativity scene in the Parque de la Florida features more than 200 figures and is unique in the world.
Over the festive season the articulated figures in the Laguardia nativity scene dance to Christmas songs and perform Christmas scenes.
During the festive season, as many as 13 nativity scenes in different formats and styles can be seen at Bilbao's Museo de Pasos.
Olentzero lives in the woods; he's a solitary character who likes his food, but at Christmas he comes down and hands out presents for everybody.
You can learn to sing his song:
Olentzero joan zaigu
Jesus jaio dela
lasterka etorri da
berri ona ematera.
Pipa hortzetan duela
kapoiak ere baditu
Olentzero went off
to the mountains
to work intending
to make charcoal.
When he heard that
Jesus was born
he came running
to give the good news.
with his pipe
between his teeth
is sitting there
he's got chickens too
or tea tomorrow
with a bottle of wine.