Spain is one of the most beautiful wine producing countries in the world. Nestled in the some of its most productive regions are fascinating attractions that provide the perfect opportunity for wine tasting connoisseurs to blend their hobby with a bit of sightseeing, and regular tourists a taste of the best that Spain has to offer. If you are looking to travel there any time soon, the following are some of its must visit, less known, wine-producing regions:
Bierzo is a lushly beautiful, but remote wine producing region in Northern Spain. It is located between the Galicia and Castilla y León mountains and features a castle-studded landscape. One of its main attractions is Bierzo’s picturesque vineyards, which are among the most beautiful in the country. They are planted at elevations reaching up to 1000 metres. For those who love a touch of history in their travels, Bierzo offers, once-extravagant palaces, Templar castles and medieval monasteries, mainly situated in towns like Vilafranca del Bierzo and Ponferrada.
La Rioja is a vital region in Spain’s history. It has a past hemmed with numerous populace, including the Carthaginians, Phoenicians, Romans, and Moors, not to mention medieval Crusaders. As the Roman inhabitants generally loved making wine whenever they went, they found the area suitable for this and as a result, it is today littered with ancient wineries, which are a treat for visitors with an interest in the subject. For La Rioja, wine delivery UK options are readily available, owing to the number of tourists coming in from the UK. Visitors looking to send some of the best wines as mementos of your trip to La Rioja will find this option welcome indeed.
Other attractions include the Convento de San Francisco, a church built in the 16th Century, which has a carved stone retable made by Bernardo de Fresneda in that period, and the Monasterio de Santa María la Real Church, which dates back to the 15th century, whose legend has it that it was founded after King García Sánchez found a hidden cave in the area, while hunting. The La Rioja region is also in Northern Spain.
Alicante is a beautiful wine producing region in the Mediterranean. It is mainly known for its unique blend of shopping streets and tree-flanked boulevards. Its original name was “Lucentum”, which translates to “City of Light” in Spanish. Its main attractions are its enticing beaches, great if you wish to unwind, have a swim or simply enjoy the Mediterranean sun. It also has numerous serene parks to choose from such as Canalejas Park, which is one of the oldest in the city. It was created by architect Gonzolez Altus. El Palmeral is another wonderful park, and is located in the outskirts of the city.
La Mancha is a wine producing area with a lot of attractions to check out. Starting with Sinagoga del Tránsito, it is an enthralling synagogue built in the mid 14th century that provides insight into a bit of Jewish culture in Spain. It features a memorial garden, archaeological finds, and a collection of ceremonial artefacts. Alcázar is another great attraction. It is a military museum rebuilt in Franco’s reign and showcases that facet of the country’s history. The building was heavily damaged during the start of the country’s civil war in 1936.