Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital of the province of Alava and the Basque Country in Spain. The city has been throughout history an important strategic point, whether military, commercial or cultural. It is very pleasant to discover the city by visiting its sites and meeting the protagonists of the Napoleonic Vitoria. The Spanish Independence War made it famous throughout Europe by the memorable battle (June 21, 1813) that was fought in its vicinity.
The victory of the Allies at the Battle of Vitoria in 1813 sealed the final retreat of French troops from Spain. Napoleon had to return the crown to Ferdinand VII, thus putting an end to the Spanish War of Independence. Enthusiasm spread throughout Europe, and immortalized the same year in Beethoven's orchestral work, "The Victory of Wellington, op. 91“.
The heritage linked to this period is offered to you with the eleven-stops trail known as the "Napoleonic Route". Before finishing the tour at "La casa de Napoleón", you will discover the Montehermoso Palace where Joseph Bonaparte, then King of Spain, temporarily established his court in 1808. It is also where he fell in love of the Marquise of Montehermoso, and became her lover until his exile.
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