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Hospedería Abadía de Valvanera

  • Monasterio de Valvanera s/n Map It


  • Cool air during summer heat
  • Simplicity and silence
  • Rooms of varying sizes for families


  • Spartan accommodations
  • Limited dining choices

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

A 16th-century monastery atop a 9th-century hermitage, this is an ideal base for hiking, but it's hard to secure a room for October 15, when there's an overnight pilgrimage from Logroño to the monastery's 12th-century carving of the Virgin of Valvanera. Patroness of the grape harvest and barren couples, the Virgin is portrayed with a pomegranate (symbolizing fertility) and vines. Her infant is said to have turned away in embarrassment when a hopeful couple performed the procreative act on the altar. Rooms here are simple and the restaurant offers local dishes at unbeatable prices.

Hotel Information


Monasterio de Valvanera s/n, Carretera LR-435, , La Rioja, 26323, Spain

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Hotel Details:

  • 28 rooms
  • Rate includes: No meals

Published 08/18/2015

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