This town, southeast of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, has two monasteries on the UNESCO World Heritage sites list. Take LR205 southeast through Berceo to the Monasterio de Yuso (P 941/373049 C Easter–Sept., Tues.–Sun. 10–1:30 and 4–6:30; Oct.–Easter, Tues.–Sat. 10–1 and 3:30–5:30, Sun. 10–1; also open Mon. in Aug. A €6 w www.monasteriodeyuso.org), where a 10th-century manuscript on St. Augustine's Glosas Emilianenses contains
handwritten notes in what is considered the earliest example of the Spanish language, the vernacular Latin dialect known as Roman Paladino. The nearby Visigothic Monasterio de Suso (P941/373082 C Tues.–Sun. 9:55–1:25 and 3:55–5:25, obtain required reservation at Yuso ticket office, A €3 w www.monasteriodesanmillan.com/suso) is where Gonzalo de Berceo, recognized as the first Castilian poet, wrote and recited his 13th-century verse in the Castilian tongue, now the language of more than 300 million people around the world.
San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja, Spain