Valvanera, an 11th Century Monastery in La Rioja, Spain (& the Journey There)

October 14, 2014.

On our drive through the province of La Rioja in Spain we spotted this unusual rock formation in the village of Anguiano. On our drive through the province of La Rioja in Spain we spotted this unusual rock formation in the village of AnguianoWe were on our way from an 11th century monastery in Nájera to this one called Valvanera. Entrance to the Monasterio de Valvanera in Spain. This Gothic monastery has an impressive location in the mountains and dates back to the 11th centuryThe nearby hills were thickly wooded, mostly with a profusion of chestnut trees.View from the Monastery in Valvanera, SpainIt was October and the chestnuts were in season. Chestnuts are in season in October at the Monasterio de Valvanera in Spain. This Gothic monastery has an impressive location in the mountains and dates back to the 11th centuryAs we often found in Spain, the doors were amazing concoctions of wood and decorative iron. Elaborate iron lock at the Monastery of Valvanera in SpainA small black cat and his shadow tread softly across the sun-lit plaza of Valvanera. A small black cat and his shadow tread softly across the plaza of The hills of chestnut trees surrounding Valvanera, an 11th century monastery in SpainFrom Valvanera there were several scenic senderos (trails) that led to the next towns over. Hiking trails near the Monastery of Valvanera, SpainMap of ‘time travelling’ in Spain from 11th century monasteries to walking in the footprints of dinosaurs…More of our 2014 road trip through northern Spain.

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3 responses to “Valvanera, an 11th Century Monastery in La Rioja, Spain (& the Journey There)

  1. Pingback: Mansilla de la Sierra, a Drowned Village in La Rioja, Spain (plus Lunch) | Albatz Travel Adventures·

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