Today, you will continue your travel to La Rioja in your rental car. On your way you may stop in Burgos.
Burgos, a city in Castilla- situated on the Pilgrim’s Road to Santiago de Compostela, still preserves important vestiges of its medieval splendour. The city, which was the capital of the unified kingdom of Castilla-Leon for five centuries, boasts a masterpiece of Spanish Gothic architecture: the cathedral of Burgos, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Burgos is also especially significant for its associations with the medieval warrior Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, better known as ‘El Cid’.
As well as Burgos, you could also make a detour and visit one of the following two beautiful historic villages, Santo Domingo de Silos and Covarrubias. (Not enough time for both plus Burgos). Descriptions follow:
The monastery of Silos dates from the 7th century, although its most important part was built in the 11th century.
The building is located on the site known as the Tabladillo valley. It is thought to have been founded in around the 7th century. In the year 1088 a Romanesque temple was consecrated which was subsequently replaced by another Neoclassical temple designed by Ventura Rodríguez.
The cloister, which has been conserved, is Romanesque, with a square floor plan and two floors of arcades. The capitals in the lower cloister are profusely decorated with symbols such as dragons, centaurs, lattices, mermaids, etc. The corners of the cloister are decorated with large reliefs depicting scenes from the life of Christ. The monastery also has an important archive containing fragments from the 10th century Beatus, a page from the Oña Bible, other fragments of Visigoth manuscripts, and musical fragments from some twenty codices in Aquitaine notation
Covarrubias owes its name to the reddish caves that abound in its outskirts. The city centre, which has been declared Property of Cultural Interest, is a wonderful example of typical Castilian urban layout, with arcaded streets, and houses that have wooden structures.
A stroll through the old town will also allow you to discover the features of the typical Castilian architecture: ground floor made of stone, arcade, intricate wooden framework and upper continuous balcony.
The house of Doña Sancha is one of the best examples.Some of the monuments that stand out are the Church of Santo Tomás, with its altarpieces and Renaissance pulpit; and the Gothic Collegiate Church of San Cosme and San Damián. Under the altar lie the remains of three abbess-princesses, and in the presbytery, those of Count Fernán González and his wife Sancha, the latter buried in a 4th-century Roman-Spanish sarcophagus. The cloister dates from the 16th century, and the museum, which the visitor should not miss, keeps one of the most beautiful Gothic-Flemish images: a 16th-century triptych of the Adoration of the Magi. Nearby you can find the remains of the old walls, as well as the Doña Urraca Tower, a 10th-century Mozarabic construction.
When ready you will continue to Elciego. Check in at the Marques de Riscal.
There is a gourmet restaurant, serving such delights as foie gras curd, suckling pig and Cameros cheese with honey ice cream. There’s a relaxed bistro, too, and you can carve ham off the bone at breakfast. The hotel also has a rooftop bar, a lounge with panoramic views as well as a wine tasting corner and a cooking school. Guests will also have full access to the Marqués de Riscal vineyards, the Wine Museum & Shop, and the state-of-the-art process and elaboration centre.
After a long day, we suggest you dine at the hotel….. It has excellent on-site options.