Labastida, squares and vineyards


The town of labastida It is one of the most beautiful The Rioja Alavesa. Its municipal area, of almost forty square kilometers and with a height of 554 meters, is framed by the Sierra of Cantabria and the river ebro.

It is an area full of Vineyards. Not in vain, this town has wine as its main source of employment, with around twenty wineries. But, in addition, Labastida is a town full of history and monuments in which beautiful squares abound. Next, we are going to talk to you about all this, but first we want to stop at the history of the town.

Brief history of Labastida

Mount Toloño

Landscape of La Rioja Alavesa from Mount Toloño

As we told you, the area where the town is located was inhabited since pre-Roman times. In Torrontejo remains of a have been found pre-iberian population about four thousand years ago. Already in Roman times, the road that linked briviesca with the primitive Pamplona and, later, in medieval times, Labastida belonged to the Crown of Navarre.

He went to Castilla in 1200 and forty years later, King Ferdinand III granted him his privileges, which converted it into a municipality. However, in 1379, Henry II He donated the territory to Diego Gómez Sarmiento, who thus became his lord.

The period of maximum splendor of Labastida coincides with the seventeenth century. Economic prosperity causes the town to grow a lot outside its walls and its infrastructure to be modernized. The development continued in the 18th century, when it became the first wine producer in The Rioja.

On the contrary, both the 19th and 20th centuries are times of crisis due to the fall in demand for wine and epidemics in the vineyards. But, currently, Labastida has once again been a power in the production of these wines while its beauty and monuments attract tourism.

How to get to Labastida


Interior of one of the wineries in La Rioja Alavesa

Whether you travel from Vitoria as if you do it Logroño, do you have bus lines to Labastida. From the last of these cities, the trip takes about 38 minutes, while, starting from the first, it takes approximately forty, since the distance is 45 kilometers.

But you can also travel to the town in Alava by your own vehicle. From Logroño, you have to take the LO-20 road to then lead to the AP-68. Next, you must exit along the N-126 until Haro and then take the A-3202 that takes you to Labastida.

On the other hand, from Vitoria You have to take the A-1 and then the aforementioned Ap-68. Shortly before Salinillas de Burandon, you have to take the N-124 and then the N-232a, which takes you to the town of Alava.

Rural tourism in La Rioja Alavesa


Labastida Vineyards

As we have already told you, Labastida is in full Rioja Alavesa. Therefore, it is a perfect area for you to enjoy the turismo rural. Can you do numerous hiking routes through the Sierra de Cantabria. Due to its simplicity, we suggest the one that goes to Mount Recilla, but you have many others. The most popular summit in the area is Mount Toloño, with 1277 meters of altitude. If you want to ascend it, you also have a route that starts from San Ginés.

On the other hand, you also have tours that combine sport with culture. For example, the Dolmens route, which allows you to discover these prehistoric monuments, abundant in La Rioja Alavesa. Likewise, you have the sculpture route, which comes out of Samani towards the north and not only allows you to see statues along the way, but also wonderful views at the end of the journey.

Gastronomy and where to eat in Labastida

Potatoes Riojana's style

A delicious Riojan-style potato casserole

After completing these routes, you will be hungry and you will want to eat something before visiting the monuments of Labastida. In that case, the cuisine of Rioja Alavesa is magnificent. You can taste some Rioja-style potatoes, some beans or a bean.

Afterwards, you can order some lamb chops roasted on charcoal vine shoots or some cheeks with red wine. But you can also opt for a chuletón, roast lamb, black pudding also roasted o hake.

It is true that, if you want to eat tapas, you can choose between the variety of skewers and casseroles from the area, all of this, as it could not be otherwise, paired with Riojan wine. And, to finish your meal, the dessert par excellence of Álava is the goxua, which is prepared with sponge cake, pastry cream, liquid caramel and whipped cream. However, you can also order some Pears in wine a curd or rice pudding.

You can enjoy all these delicacies in one of the Labastida wineries. In fact, visiting one of them is part of the tourist attraction of the town in Alava. If you are a fan of oenology, the tour will allow you to learn all the secrets of wine making and then enjoy a glass with your meal.

Among the wineries you can visit are those of González Teso, Mitarte, Tierra and Labastida Solagüen. However, if you prefer, you can choose a restaurant to taste the villa's wines and dishes. Among them, you have the Ariño, the Petralanda, the mseón Alai or the Jatorrena roast.

What to see in Labastida

Paternina Palace

The Paternina palace in Labastida

Once we have known the history of Labastida, we have exercised and eaten well, we are going to discover the main monuments of the Alava town. A simple walk through its historic center framed by the remains of its wall will allow you to discover medieval streets and manor houses with heraldic shields, as well as other religious and civil monuments. Let's see them.

Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and other temples

Church of Labastida

The church of Our Lady of the Assumption

La church of Our Lady of the Assumption It was built during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Thus, it responds to the Renaissance and Baroque styles and is classified as National Monument. As a whole, the monumental access door to the temple and the tower topped with a dome stand out. As for the interior, look at its magnificent baroque altarpieces, its choir and the image of the Virgin of Our Lady of Toloño.

On the other hand, no less spectacular is the hermitage of Santo Cristo, which you will find on the Cerro de la Mota. It is a fortress church that dates back to the 12th century and is Romanesque. However, it was renovated in the 15th century so Gothic features can also be seen. Precisely, the image of Christ on the main altarpiece belongs to this style.

Paternina Palace and other stately homes

Garizábal House

Garizábal Palace House

The most notable palaces of Labastida are located along the main Street. Among them is the Paternina House, so called because it was built by order of this family in the 16th century. But, as it has renovations from the 17th and 18th centuries, it combines Renaissance and Baroque styles. As an anecdote, we will tell you that Napoleon Bonaparte He slept in it when he passed through the village.

Right in front you have another of the most beautiful buildings in Labastida. We talk to you about the Garizábal Palace House. Made of ashlar masonry, it stands out for its wide portal on which there is a shield and its balconies with blacksmith decoration.

On the other hand, in the Peace Square, next to the church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción and the Town Hall, you have the palace of the Salazar and Quintano. It was built in the 18th century and has been recently restored. Currently, it serves as a house of culture and tourist office. It owes its name to the fact that it lived there. Manuel Quintano, a winegrower who brought modern winemaking techniques from Bordeaux.

Labastida Town Hall

Labastida Town Hall

Labastida Town Hall

It was also built in the 18th century and was also recently renovated. Its creators were the master Agustín de Azcárraga and the stonemason Ignatius of Lizarralde, who used ashlar in the building. It combines baroque and classicist styles and is National Monument.

It consists of two floors and has a main façade of great beauty. In the lower part it has a triple semicircular arch and in the upper part three artistic balconies crowned by as many semicircular pediments. Finally, it is finished with a balustraded terrace.

Wall and arches of Labastida

Toloño Arch

The arch of Toloño

Remains of its ancient town are still preserved in the town of Alava. medieval wall. On the Ronda promenade, several paintings of her have been found next to small caves that, it seems, served as homes for hermits. Likewise, at its ends there are two towers.

But you can also see in Labastida some of the arches that served as entrance to the town. Among them, the oldest is the one from Toloño, which responds to Renaissance canons. But he is more famous Larrazuría arch, which opens the way to Calle Mayor. Built in the 17th century, it has greater ornamental complexity than the previous one, as it is genuinely baroque. Regarding it, highlights the shield of Labastida carved in the stone.

Other places of interest: the San Ginés park and the Lagar de la Mota

Lagar de la Mota

Detail of the Mota winepress

We also advise you to visit the so-called Mota Winery for being in the neighborhood of the same name. In Rioja lands, the place where the grapes were pressed to obtain their juice is called a winery. These were cavities excavated in the rock for this purpose and some of them have more than a thousand years old.

On the other hand, if you want to enjoy a green area where you can relax, visit the San Ginés park. You can get there on foot, as it is located about two kilometers from the town, on the slopes of Mount Toloño. In addition, it has a recreation area with barbecues, tables and a playground. You can also see in the place the hermitage of San Ginés, around which the wine battle of Labastida, which takes place in May.

In conclusion, we have shown you what to see and what to do in Labastida. This beautiful villa The Rioja Alavesa It offers you a magnificent monumental heritage and beautiful landscapes. But also delicious gastronomy. We can only recommend that, if you visit it, you also come to the city of Vitoria, one of the most beautiful of Spain. Come and get to know the province of alava.

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