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TERRACES

Posted in Sin categoría with tags , , on 19 October, 2010 by ondoloinvitoria

The center of the city, especially the two main squares, Virgen Blanca and Plaza de España, are covered with terraces in hot weather. Locals and visitors gather there day and night.

DUBLIN TERRACE. A very central terrace, just in the Virgen Blanca square, a meeting point for young people. A perfect place to get one’s strength back after a tour around the old town, or before stepping into it. Once you have a sit there, you may stay for a while, because the place is very popular and the view of the surrounding white galleries and the square itself deserve a relaxed glance.

And if you run away from tourists, very close to the Virgen Blanca square, in the Herrería Street you will find the BODEGÓN GORBEA TERRACE, best known as “The Bode”. At first sight there’s nothing special about it but have a sit and you’ll reckon a cool atmosphere, something different from the center. You can call it “alternative” if you want, but if you aim to meet people this the place to go. The bar is country decorated, with old oak beams, wood…

Very close to the two squares, in the Correría street we can find two places with terraces, small but cosy, with a great atmosphere. First one (from the Virgen Blanca square) is the LA MALQUERIDA bar, and the other, with younger regulars, the IGUANA CAFE (#151).

A very trendy and warm in cold weather (heated in winter) terrace is the JARDÍN DE FALERINA, just by the Montehermoso Cultural Center up the hill of the Old Town. They often have djs playing music and serve dishes like the delicious aple and raisin croquettes. There are live concerts in the garden in summer.

And when weather is really hot, we always have the convenient Florida parc, with Zabaltagui Florida terrace, very trendy and, above all, cool.

THE RIOJA

Posted in Sin categoría with tags , , , , on 18 October, 2010 by ondoloinvitoria

The Rioja Alavesa is well known thanks to the excellent wines produced there, and it is worth a visit.  A turistic bus, called “enobus” is an interesting choice. You will tour around the region and visit a winery for 10€. On board you’ll find lots of info: audio guides in different languages, and leaflets that will help you make the most of the visit. If your choice is driving your own car, we would recommend going first to Laguardia and ask there for guided visits. There are two offers: “Piedra y vino” and “Miradores”.
First will show you Laguardia and then take you to La Villa de Labraza, the Santa María church in Moreda, the renaissance altarpiece and the “Hechicera” dolmen at Elvillar, the town of Poblado de la Hoya and finally an open air walk at the Ysios winery. The rout of the “Miradores” will take you to the Póveda park, the viewpoint at Elciego, the tower of the Samaniego church and the “Balcón de La Rioja” where you’ll find spectacular views. Just a simple walk around the medieval town of Laguardia, placed just down the “Sierra de Cantabria” is worth a visit. The history of this city, declared Monumental Ensemble, is bound to wine and its wineries produce around twelve million litres a year. Lately, Laguardia and the Rioja region experimented a turistic boom thanks to the bet for enologic tourism, with prestigious wineries, some designed by internationally well known architects. For instance the Ysios (Laguardia) wineriy, the first to stress on enologic tourism, built by Santiago Calatrava by the end of the nineties. Another outstanding building, designed by Frank Gehry is the Marqués de Riscal winery (Elciego). The titanium facade and stunning architecture deserved several prices. Avant-garde and tradition compose the landscape at Elciego. Then, there are singular projects, like the San Prudencio winery, producing “ice wine” from black grape, very popular in northern countries like Canada or Austria, but rare known in Spain. A surprising initiative develops at the Bodegas Valdelana (Elciego), the first worldwide to add edible gold to red wine. The bottle comes with a laminated gold dipenser. Apparently, a very successful attempt in Russia or Dubai, where this sofisticated wine is very celebrated.