Laguardia is one of the best-preserved medieval villages in Spain. It is located in the Rioja wine region and is the perfect starting point for Spain's best-known red wine tour. Laguardia is a medieval village very similar to the beautiful Italian Tuscany. It is surrounded by an ancient wall and has a charming patchwork of cobbled streets filled with taverns, wine shops, palaces and cafes. It was founded in 1164 by King Sancho Abarca and the wall has remained the same since the 15th century. The entire town was protected as Spanish heritage in 1964. The name "Laguardia" comes from "La Guardia de Navarra" in reference to its strategic position in the kingdom of Navarra. That's why it's strongly encouraged to find hotels in Laguardia
Laguardia is a village where the locals live to eat and drink. For such a small town, there are plenty of options to eat. The village belongs to the Rioja geographically, but to the Basque Country politically and culturally. It is one of the most important wine-growing towns in the Rioja Alavesa, so called because it is also part of the "Alava" sub-region. The local gastronomy is one of the best in Spain. Some of the dishes we can find are roasted artichokes, sautéed roasted peppers (Piquillo peppers), chard stuffed with ham and cheese, white asparagus with balsamic vinegar, Rioja-style potatoes, beans with chorizo and wild mushrooms. And then the pairing... There are countless red wines.
Even the smallest restaurants have endless wine lists. The main wines available are red wines based on tempranillo, rosé wines and white wines such as verdejo. Although it is not made in the area, cava is a classic aperitif. After a long tasting of dishes and pintxos, a digestive is essential. The most common dish in Rioja is Pacharán.