In our previous post, I told you that we had found a hotel where we could stay during our exploration of Bardenas Reales. We soon discovered though that Alfaro itself is also worth a visit.

Alfaro is located in the region of La Rioja and is known for its gastronomic delights. Take a look here and find out what and where to eat (and drink!).

The biggest attraction of this picturesque town however is its colony of storks (one of the biggest in Europe). One of the most stunning places where you can observe them is in the Reserva Natural de los Sotos del Ebro, located at the Avenida del Ebro. There is a mirador (viewpoint) and a space to park your car. You will see 2 paths, one leading to the left and the other to the right. Take my advice and follow the latter, you can stay closer to the water and its wildlife (including the storks).

Other points of interest:

  • In the center of town, there is a mirador (for the storks as well), Plaza Esperanza,1
  • Colegiata de San Miguel Arcángel, the largest temple in Alfaro, Plaza de España
  • Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Burgo
  • Monasterio Clasicista de la Conceptión

You can easily spend a day here (including a visit to the reserva). If you want to visit Bardenas Reales as well, take 1.5 days.

See you back on Friday in another corner of Spain!


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