North of Madrid, you will find this little historical village of Aranda De Duero. Its rich architectural heritage and fame for wineries bring tourists and travelers to this town.
Aranda de Duero is in the south of the province of Burgos, in Castile and Leon. Roughly 33,000 people call this beautiful village home.
Walking into this village through the narrow cobblestone road, about 10.30 on a Saturday morning and there is no one around, and the town seems to be still asleep. Walking past a beautiful pastry bakery (mmm smell of butter and sugar) the front window tempting to allure the people in for a sweet treat.
My stopover included a visit to this secret local 600-year-old treasure, Don Carlos (Bodega Historical) Winery.
I meet with a lovely lady (who looked like she just woke up) for the tour of the cellar and some wine tasting, yes… that’s right 11 am and wine tasting…. love it. At the road level, the shop looks like a tiny space with wine on one side and meat on the other, but wait there is more to this than meets the eye….. as I walk in following the tour, down the stairs 13 meters underground level. Amazing, Impressive, Incredible…. well I could not find the words to describe this place.
The lady hands us a glass, choose from red, rose or none alcoholic; she tells us that this cellar is always at 13 degrees Celsius, Winter, Autumn, Summer or Spring, doesn’t matter. There are about 150 of these little Cellars in the town.
After the tour, I wander through the streets, lots of people now are outside, getting the local newspaper, people in the bars drinking wine, kids running around, the town has come alive…. the locals tell me that… they don’t get started till 10 am, their lunch is 4 pm, and dinner (they call it supper) is 10 pm
Lunch is the big meal in Spain.
I don’t know about you, but I think I love the Spanish, lifestyle.
Other Places must visit in Aranda De Duero
(1) Isabelline – Gothic church of Santa Maria – takes you back to 15th – 16th century.
(2) The Palace of Verdugo
(3) The Sanctuary of the Virgin of Vinas
(4) The Romanesque Bridge
(5) The Palace of Colmenares
This town might be little, but it has an authentic feel of Spanish Culture and vibe….. as a traveler, this is what you want to experience. This tiny village for me was a great visit.
Aranda De Duero is also a stop for many wine tours in the north of Spain for all the wine lovers.
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