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Getting There -- The Aeropuerto Vitoria-Foronda (tel. 90-240-47-04) is 8km (5 miles) northwest of the town center and has direct air links to Madrid on Iberia Airlines (tel. 90-240-05-00; www.iberia.com).

From San Sebastián, eight RENFE trains (tel. 90-224-02-02; www.renfe.es) daily make the 1 3/4-hour trip to Vitoria.

Roughly eight buses daily make the 1 1/2-hour trip from San Sebastián. Bus connections are also possible through Bilbao. Eight to 12 buses daily make the 1-hour trip. Call tel. 94-525-84-00 for more information and schedules.

Take the E-5 north from Madrid to Burgos, cutting northwest until you see the turnoff for Vitoria. (Note that along its more northerly stretches, this superhighway is identified as both E-5 and A-1.)

Visitor Information -- The tourist office, at Plaza General Loma 1 (tel. 94-516-15-98; www.vitoria-gasteiz.org/turismo), is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 7pm and Sunday 11am to 2pm.

Special Events -- One of the major jazz festivals in the north of Spain takes place here annually in mid-July. It's the weeklong Festival de Jazz de Vitoria-Gasteiz (tel. 94-514-19-19; www.jazzvitoria.com). For the big-name performers, tickets range from 15€ to 40€, but spontaneous entertainment takes place on the street for free, although donations are appreciated.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.