Route of the Wine and Monastery

Kings, monks and princes travelled these lands that today welcome visitors to explore countless places full of art, culture, beautiful nature, etc. Not to mention the passionate world of wine waiting for you to discover.

Day 1
Departure. Sunday.
The beautiful city of Soria is a must-see after arrival with its two cultural and monumental reference points marking the city: San Polo and San Saturio with their poplar walks along the riverside.

The nearby towns of Almarza, Narros, Golmayo and Arancón are spread around the city outskirts and preserve their rural feel. Less than 15 kilometres from the capital Soria, Garray is also a highlight where the Numancia settlement is located with its archaeology room. A visit to Burgo de Osma and nearby Río Lobos Nature Reserve is worth the effort.
Day 2
Monday.
The town of Santo Domingo is an excellent starting point to discover Upper Rioja and its world-famous wine heritage.

In Santo Domingo explore the Exenta Tower and the Cathedral or visit the nearby town of San Millán de la Gogolla, home to the monasteries of San Millán de Yuso and San Millán de Suso. The monasteries of Santa María La Real in Najera and Santa María del Salvador in Cañas also make for interesting visits.
Days 3 and 4
Tuesday and Wednesday.
Get to know the Bodegas in Lower Rioja around Calahorra such as Torres Librada (Alfaro) or La Bodega Rioja Baja: Bodegas Viña Herminia (Aldeanuela del Ebro). A visit to the basically Gothic Cathedral in Calahorra is recommended as well as the Bishop¿s Palace (16th-17th centuries), Las Carmelitas Descalzas convent (late 16th century) and the neo-classical Santiago church (17th-18th centuries).
Day 5
Thursday.
The town provides the chance to discover the Palace of the Monarchs of Navarre, Santa María la Real church, San Pedro Apóstol church and the Plaza Carlos III.

Discover the world of wine at the Navarre Wine and Vineyard Museum, located in the same beautiful square as the Parador. The Piedemonte, Marco Real and Ochoa Bodegas are also of interest in the town of Olite. A visit to the nearby Cistercian La Oliva Abbey is worth the effort. La Oliva was raised to Abbey status in 1948 after its restoration.
Days 6 and 7
Friday and Saturday.
Located to the north of the Cinco Villas, it preserves its mediaeval atmosphere in the small steep streets in the centre. Its proximity to Navarre made it a major military base where Ferdinand the Catholic was born.

A visit to the 11th-century San Esteban parish church, alongside the remains of the Castle, is worthwhile. The walls surrounding the town were built afterwards and blend with the attached houses. Do not forget to stop at the Benedictine abbey San Salvador de Leyre monastery, near Sos.