Saturday, October 27, 2012

BASQUE COUNTRY: LAGUARDIA IN RIOJA ALAVESA

During the first three days of our trip to La Rioja we visited Logroño, Haro and Santo Domingo de la Calzada. The fourth day we went to Laguardia, a lovely village surrounded by vineyards located in La Rioja Alavesa (Basque Country).



Vineyards in Laguardia
Vineyards in Laguardia



You can see below all the places I visited in La Rioja, Navarra and Aragón during this trip:


Days 1 and 2
  • Zaragoza and Logroño
Day 3
  • Haro
  • Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Day 4
  • Laguardia
  • Estella
  • Los Arcos
Day 5
  • San Millán de la Cogolla
  • Nájera
Day 6
  • Tarazona
  • Monasterio de Veruela


In Laguardia we visited the following places and a Wine Cellar, called Mayor de Migueloa:


  • Town Walls and Gates
  • Plaza Mayor (Main Square)
  • Streets of the Old Town
  • Church of Santa María de los Reyes
  • Plaza El Gaitero (El Gaitero Square)
  • Torre Abacial (Abattial Tower)
  • Visiting Wine Cellars
  • Paseo El Collado (El Collado Promenade)


Streets, Town Walls and Gates


Gate of the town walls of Laguardia
One of the gates of the town walls of Laguardia, which are two metres high and are thick and topped by a battlemented parapet that, in the past, could be walked all around. There are five gates that lead into the town


Plaza Mayor (Main Square)



Plaza Mayor in Laguardia
Plaza Mayor is a fortified square in the town’s centre of Laguardia. Here we can see the old town hall with the imperial coat of arms of Charles 5th, and the current town hall, with the town´s coat of arms



Streets of the Old Town




Calle Mayor en Laguardia
Main Street of Laguardia


Street of Laguardia
We enjoyed a relaxing walk along streets like this one of Laguardia


Laguardia in Rioja Alavesa
As Laguardia belongs to La Rioja Alavesa, famous for its wines, there are many wine barrels in the streets of Laguardia


Laguardia in Rioja Alavesa
One of the lovely corners of Laguardia



Santa Maria de los Reyes



Church of Santa Maria de los Reyes in Laguardia
Church of Santa Maria de los Reyes in Laguardia


Plaza El Gaitero



Plaza El Gaitero in Laguardia
Plaza El Gaitero in Laguardia




Plaza El Gaitero in Laguardia
Plaza El Gaitero beside the church of Santa María de los Reyes and the Abattial Tower



Torre Abacial


Torre Abacial in Laguardia
Torre Abacial is a military tower built in the 18th century. It has lost its battlemented finish as a result of the various modifications


Visiting Wine Cellars



Wine Cellar Mayor de Migueloa in Laguardia
 Laguardia, which belongs to La Rioja Alavesa, famous for its wines, gives you the possibility of visiting some of its wine cellars and have first hand information about the process of wine making, from the vintage to the bottling of our prestigious wines, and you can even taste different types. In Laguardia we visited the wine cellar Mayor de Migueloa.



Paseo El Collado



El Collado in Laguardia
"El Collado" is a beautiful promenade around Laguardia 


Castle El Collado in Laguardia
Castle "El Collado" in Laguardia



View from El Collado in Laguardia
From El Collado you can enjoy the majestic Cantabria mountain range, and how the Navarra, Castilla and Aragón lands open up to our feet





Other cities I visited during this trip in Zaragoza, La Rioja and Navarra were:




    Finally, other beautiful places you can visit in Spain are:


    - Catalonia

    - Basque Country

    - Cantabria

    - Granada

    - Sevilla, Córdoba, Cádiz and Costa de la Luz

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