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.