I may be biased, but I think the tiny town of Calahorra in the La Rioja region of Spain is a must-see location for any travellers to Spain. Yes, my family is from Calahorra, and my cousins do live there so I have ample reason to visit every single time I venture over to Europe, but there really are a myriad of things to see and do which should point your compass in Calahorra’s direction.
Let’s have a run-down of what Calahorra for a traveller to Spain could mean, shall we? If, of course, the fact that La Rioja is arguably one of the best wine regions in the country, and the fact that it is only a short hour from the buzzing city of Zaragoza, can’t tempt you anyway…
- Calahorra has a thriving old town (la parte vieja), complete with those quintessentially old-school European washing lines out of windows, faded coloured buildings, and an excuse to get wonderfully and completely lost in the windy streets of the old town. There’s even a statue to Don Quixote and his trusty sidekick.
- Santa Maria Cathedral is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in all of Spain, with the high ceilings and myriads of alcoves within the walls of the cathedral just a joy to wander.
- It is surrounded by rolling hills and incredibly windmills (which you can venture right up to, if you’re keen – we did it from the starting point of the private pool club near the edge of the town)
- There’s a bull ring right besides the most gorgeously tree-lined street nearing the old cemetery (which is also worth a look-round). While there was a more gruesome history, the bulls fought here are not killed at the end of the match
- Calahorra boasts train connections to nearby Rioja, Zaragoza, Madrid, San Sebastian and further. It’s such a perfect pit-stop between the North and South of Spain!
Have you been to the cute little town of Calahorra? Let me know where else is a little off-the-beaten-path in Spain! xx