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Hospedería Abadía de Valvanera

At a Glance

    Pros

  • cool air during summer heat
  • simplicity and silence
  • rooms of varying sizes for families

    Cons

  • spartan accommodations
  • limited dining choices

Hospedería Abadía de Valvanera 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 Details

  • 28 rooms.
  • Rate includes breakfast, no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 03-12-2014

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