In the region of La Rioja Alavesa we find this beautiful medieval municipality where a walk along its streets is like going back to the 15th Century. In fact, the day we visited it there was a medieval market, creating a perfect atmosphere.
The wall, about two meters high, surrounds the whole town, giving it a much more impressive appearance, as well as its streets, narrow and with stone buildings.
It is worth highlighting Santa María de los Reyes, a monastery with a gothic façade where we find an important polychromed portico, one of the few that remain intact in Spain.
It is a secret corner of Álava that is worth visiting and where you can also enjoy the amazing Basque gastronomy.
Inaugurated in 2001, the Ysios winery, located in the outskirts of Laguardia (about two kilometers away), Rioja Alavesa, occupy a building designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, next to the Sierra de Cantabria and built in a way that it is integrated into the landscape.
Along with Marqués de Riscal, they are at the top of the ranking of avant-garde buildings inside a traditional wine industry.
The outside is formed by wood beams supported on the lateral walls, creating an undulated surface. The material used in the outside is aluminum, which contrasts with the wood in the walls. The interior of the winery accompanies the avant-garde conception of the outside.
You can visit the inside, but on weekends it is only open from 11-13. Anyway it is worth talking a walk in the surroundings of the building, with its vineyards.
Heredad de Ugarte is a place that's right in the midst of so many fields of vines, with sunsets that are so typical of La Rioja. The mix of colors and the freshly cut vines will give you peace of mind, and then the hotel room was so pretty, so modern yet cozy. Not to mention the glass elevator that takes you to the wine cellars. It's the ideal weekend treat.
In the town of Elvillar in the Rioja is where you'll find El Dolmen, which is known as the cave of the sorceress, and is a funereal monument. Megalith built between 3250 and 2500 BC. Magical place with a beautiful landscape where you can enjoy the views of the surroundings. It's near the Dolmen in Aizkomendi and the Wine Route.
In Laguardia, nestled in the Rioja, which is the excellent wine-producing region is where you can visit the winery The Fabulist, which stands out among other underground cellars. It's located under the Palace of Samaniego, which is now the Office of Tourism. The winery was the place where Felix Maria Samaniego was inspired to write his literary work. The wine cellar is now prepared for cultural visits and sightseeing, and they produce handmade products to delight their visitors. The ground floor of the cellar has 2 wineries, which produce 2,000 containers of wine annually (or about 32,000 liters), by hand, pressing the grapes in the old-fashioned way. Seven meters deep is where we'll find 3 unifods parallel to one another, among others that are perpendicular. One of them is homemade, another one is a crianza, and the other one is made for a wine tasting, there are as many whites as there are reds, as many young wines as older ones.
Located in the town of Laguardia, La Bodega Viña Real has dedicated itself to the development and aging of wines in the Viña Real family since 2004. Currently, you can take a guided tour where they'll tel you everything about the production of their wines, the means used, and the work that goes into it. And to end the tour, there's a tasting of their best wines with basic explanations. This beautiful winery, designed by French architect Philippe Mazieres, is the first winery that was adapted for the blind and visually impaired through a special kind of signaling.
Inside the main square of this beautiful Alava village is where you'll find the Old Town Hall with the shield of the Emperor Charles V, as well as the new city hall. The latter has the town's shield and a chime clock, that, since 1998 at certain times of the day, has two little automated people who come out and dance to typical festival songs. I don't remember at what time of day this happens, but thanks to the picture I took, I know it definitely happened at 8 p.m.!
Paganos is an area of vineyards near the village of Laguardia, which has generated a lot of interest. The Paganos (or, Pagans) is at the foot of the Sierra Cantabria. There are times when the clouds to the north seem to engulf the mountains, it's really a sight to see. I just relaxed and I had the pleasure of immortalizing it in a photo.
The cicónidos are birds in the family of ciconiiformes, more commonly known as storks. They are long-necked birds, waders, and waterfowl that inhabit some of the warmer regions of the world. Storks are a migratory species that spends the winter in southern African savannas and nests in Europe, usually on urban buildings and electrical towers, or church steeples or large trees that can withstand the weight and size of a stork's nest. They return every year, so each year the number of migrating storks increases. Walking through Laguardia we came across a stork's nest and I wanted to share it with you. For us it was something different and very pretty to look at.
The history of bullfighting goes back to the Bronze Age. Whether you agree or disagree with it, I can't help but show these children who are apprentice bullfighters we saw while we were walking along the streets of Laguardia. For us it was something completely different, and I want to share it with you.
Next to the church of Santa María de los Reyes is where you'll find this original sculpture that's composed of 2 tables, one that's full of shoes and a handbag, in tribute to those who travel a lot. The recreations of both the shoes as well as the handbag are perfect and it's normal to put your own bag on the tables to compare the sculpture to reality.
This is an iron monument with a bust of one of the most famous people born in Laguardia, the fabulist Felix Maria Samaniego. This monument is at the end of Collado pass (in the north of town), and from there you'll have a lovely view of the mountains of Cantabria, with the Ysios winery just below where you are. It's worth it to visit just for those views.
The walled area of Laguardia is beautiful, but no one's going to get lost walking around the walls of this town. This walk around the wall in the Eastern area ends at the statue of Felix Maria Samaniego, where you can see the entire valley.
There are numerous villages in La Rioja that offer beautiful views of this mountain, but if you have to choose just one, we propose Laguardia. It's important that you go to the Collado ride park, where there's a beautiful temple dedicated to the fabulist Samaniego, who was born in this town, with the backdrop of the skyline of the beautiful Sierra. For more information go to Álava Cottages http://www.Toprural.Com/euskadi-pais-vasco/casas-rurales-alava_bd-es-01.htm