Anaheim Sister City since 1988
On May 22, 1998, Anaheim began its second sister city relationship with Vitoria-Gasteiz, located in northern Spain. Vitoria-Gasteiz is known for its magnificent cathedrals and museums and is rich in historical, musical and its artistic background. Nowadays, the City is known for being an environmental advocate, by providing pedestrian precincts in large areas of the City, as well as various cultural activities, public services and sports facilities for its people. In 2011, Vitoria-Gasteiz earned the prestigious designation of European Green Capital. The late Santiago Echevarria, an Anaheim businessman, fostered this relationship.
Distance from Anaheim to Vitoria-Gasteiz: 5,871 miles (9,446 km)
Mayor: Javier Maroto
City Population: 235,661
Country Population: 46,030,109
Official Language: Spanish, Basque
Colleges / Universities: University of Basque Country
Did You Know?The City of Vitoria-Gasteiz came from the name Nueva Victoria which was given to the City by King Sancho VI of Navarre, who founded Vitoria in 1181. The people of Vitoria-Gasteiz have always enjoyed the City's strategic position because it is situated on the shortest route between the tablelands of Castile and Northern Europe. Because of this, the City became known as the trading center of Europe.
Spanish Consulate in Los Angeles:
5055 Wilshire Blvd. Unit 860
Los Angeles CA 90036
Phone: (213) 938-0158