24 Jan 2019 by Olga Brighton
Spain is brimming with spectacular spots for a sojourn, but you knew that anyway didn’t you?
You probably also know that wine culture is very close to Spaniards' hearts and in fact, anyone living in, or visiting Spain. And there’s a good reason for it as Spain has the largest area of cultivated vineyards in the entire world.
So what better than to give a reverential nod to Spanish wine produce and combine your next staycation trip with a tipple?
Here are some of our favourite choices. Let us know yours and we’ll publish the best in the next issue.
If you like a bit of sparkle, you’ve probably long enjoyed Spain’s splendid, home-grown, Catalan Cava. Why not take in 500 years of history and the architectural and natural splendour of the oldest Cava producer, Codorniu. Visit the labyrinth of underground cellars and the Cathedral of Cava. It’s recognised as a National Monument and has a variety of tour options to suit everyone.
Or opt for the mountains and enjoy the vista at artisan, organic Cava producers Llopart. Close to the rocky outcrop of Montserrat that dominates the cava towns, why not explore the remarkable 1000-year-old Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat, panoramic views and scenic walks accompanied by Catalan fare for lunch and an afternoon tasting some of the best Cava the Penedes region has to offer.
How about must-see Bodegas in lush La Rioja? Bodegas Ysios is architecturally one of the most stunning Spanish winery buildings to visit. Designed by celebrated architect Santiago Calatrava, it mirrors the rolling Sierra de Cantabria mountains that serve as its backdrop. Or try the family owned winery Eguren Ugarte, located near the old town of Laguardia. Opt for a tasting tour, or full underground cellars experience where winery patrons store their personal collections of precious wines.
For a truly unique location, head for Marques De Riscal, at the world-famous Tajo de Ronda. The winery building, originally a convent dating back to XVI century. The former chapel is home to barrels, where you can admire the ancient frescoes. It’s gardens and terraces offer unmatched views of the Serranía de Ronda, so take in nature and fine wine all in one perfect location.
If you’re planning on travelling outside of your country of residence this year, stay safe and remember to buy travel insurance. Like it or not, we’re less resilient when travelling away from home. Minor ailments may easily turn into health headaches when travelling. Decent travel insurance shields you from the holiday disasters and Globelink travel insurance is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
Read also: Cava in Catalonia, or Port in Porto?