Monday, 27th of February:
Last week I visited three beautiful villages in La Rioja and the Basque country. And even if you first expect that some little rural villages might be boring, I can say that a visit is absolutely worth it.
Sajazarra is the smallest village I have visited but if there is nice weather you can see lots of people going for a walk in and around the „pueblo“. The fact that almost all buildings are built with the same bricks makes Sajazarra unique in La Rioja. Sajazarra officially even is one of the most beautiful villages of Spain („Uno de los pueblos más bonitos de España).
Elciego is a small village in the Basque country which attracts many people since it has an amazing building: A wine „bodega“ that was constructed by the same architect who constructed the famous „Guggenheim Museum“ in Bilbao. Everyone who knows this building in Bilbao will see the similarities between the famous museum and this special „bodega“.
Laguardia is the nicest village I have visited in my time here in Spain until now. This village that is located on a mountain inside its city walls is one of the most beautiful villages of Spain as well. And I definetely can understand why! The narrow alleys, the small „Plaza Mayor“ in the centre and the specacular view on the landscape you have attract many tourists who also try some pinchos in one of the many „pinchos bars“ there.