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The medieval town of Laguardia is the capital of Rioja Alavesa. It was founded in the 10th century to defend the Kingdom of Navarre, and its medieval layout remains nearly intact, making a stroll down its cobblestone streets, along its walls, and past emblazoned houses a true trip back in time.

A treasure of Basque art, the polychromatic portico of the Santa María de los Reyes church is of particular note, with its oldest vestiges dating back to the 12th century. You will also find the San Juan Bautista church, with its fascinating pieces of religious art such as the spectacular baroque main altarpiece.

The streets of Laguardia are full of splendid medieval, renaissance, baroque, and neoclassical buildings. Among them, of particular note is the 14th century Casa de la Primicia, the town’s oldest civil building.

And if that wasn’t enough, Laguardia is full of bodegas, which will be quite easy to verify when visiting the basements of local hospitality establishments. Wine is a product that has left a mark on the life and history of Laguardia, so make sure you try it.

Don’t forget to visit the prehistoric town of La Hoya or the Celtiberian pond of Barbacana.

If you would like to know a little more about these plants (vines), their fruit (grapes), and the fermented juice (wine) they produce, the Villa Lucía Wine Centre is just for you. This is not a static museum, but rather a place where wine can be seen, understood, smelled, and tasted. That said, make sure to enjoy your last few sips, because your romance with Laguardia and Rioja Alavesa is coming to its end.