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AlbertSalichs wrote a review Nov 2020
Manresa, Spain7,862 contributions680 helpful votes
La Torre Abacial is literally the Abbot's Tower and it is located behind the Santa Maria de los Reyes Church, the main one in Laguardia, a wine tower in La Rioja Alavesa, in Basque Country. The tower was built between 12th and 14th Century, mainly in Romanesque style. It is nice and the full complex with the tower and the church is beautiful. It is possible the tower was included in an old monastery or a castle for defending the town in Middel Ages. Pitifully, when we came here, in the middle of October, it was closed, probably due to covid. (See also Eguren Ugarte, Iglesia de Santa Maria de los Reyes, El Gaitero Plaza, Carillon de Laguardia, Iglesia de San Juan, Oficina Municipal de Turismo de Laguardia, Plaza Mayor, Entreviñas y Olivos and Cueva Dorretxe)…
Date of experience: October 2020
Noraatc wrote a review Dec 2019
Sudbury, Massachusetts22,168 contributions1,021 helpful votes
Such a great place to enjoy the sweeping views of the Rioja vineyards! The tower was guarding beautiful Laguardia since the 12th century and is part of the town old walls. The views are simply breathtaking - a wonderful start for exploring charming Laguardia.
Date of experience: September 2019
concubhair2017 wrote a review Sep 2018
Dublin, Ireland47 contributions18 helpful votes
For just €3, climb the tower in the corner of the walled city and enjoy panoramic views of the valley floor below. It would be nice if a little bit of information about the history of the tower was provided, but for such cheap entry I won’t complain!
Date of experience: September 2018
KildareGlobeTrotters wrote a review Aug 2018
Kildare, Ireland64 contributions47 helpful votes
Don't pass this one by! It's well worth the €2 you will have to spend on the entrance fee. The views of La Rioja from the top are simply stunning. It's not a huge challenge for a reasonably mobile person but bear in mind that the first stage of the climb ...stone steps.. is quite narrow and not for the claustrophobic....or anyone hauling 'an extra wide load'. There's space for a breather on the landings and you can admire the mechanics of the bells. The windows will give you nicely framed photos of the vineyards below. Once you get past the stone steps there is a metal spiral staircase all the way to the roof. It's steep but easy enough to negotiate and wide enough to allow visitors to pass each other. Once on top you have a 360 degree view of the beautiful Rioja. Enjoy!…
Date of experience: August 2018
Paddy-Relle wrote a review Mar 2018
Brisbane, Australia478 contributions67 helpful votes
The climb to the top of the tower is worth it. You have 360 degree views over the countryside. The stairs are quite narrow and very twisty so take your time, the effort is worth it.
Date of experience: May 2017