Deportivo Alavés are based in the Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz which has a population of around 250,000 in the province of Alava. The city itself is cultured, friendly and well worth the effort to get here.
How to get there and where to stay
Bilbao is around 60 miles from Vitoria-Gasteiz and the most convenient way to get to the city is to hire a car and drive on motorway AP-68 and then N-622.
There is also a bus service operated by Autobuses La Union running every 30 minutes from Bilbao Termibus (next to San Mamés Stadium) to Vitoria-Gasteiz which takes around an hour.
As this is not a popular tourist destination, accommodation is limited but generally good value and the best area to stay is the old town (Casco Medieval).
Match tickets - https://deportivoalavesentradas.koobin.com
How to get to the Mendizorrotza Stadium
The stadium was opened in 1924 and has a capacity of just under 20,000. It is located around 1.5 miles from the centre and will take 25-30 minutes to walk.
Alternatively there is a regular tram service operated by Eusko Tranbia. Line 4 runs from central stations Francia/San Anton, Francia 23, Paz or Catedral to Castillo 80 close to the stadium and takes 10-15 minutes. Line 6 also follows a similar route to Castillo Fontecha.
Where to go before an Alavés match
Bar Deportivo Alavés on the beautiful Plaza de la Virgen Blanca and Taberna Mendizorroza closer to the stadium are both 'home team' bars and worth the visit to soak up the atmosphere.
Not to miss while you're in Vitoria-Gasteiz
Catedral de Santa Maria - 14th Century Gothic Cathedral in old town.
Plaza de la Virgen Blanca and Plaza Espana - Beautiful buildings, great bars and relaxed atmosphere make these impressive squares a great place to spend time.
Museo de Bellas Artes de Álava - Museum of fine arts set in a beautiful building.
Artium - Museum of contemporary art.
Parque de la Florida - Lovely park to relax and unwind.