Hot springs and signature wines, the perfect plan for escaping to Ribera del Duero lifestyle
Founded in 1143, this medieval abbey that once housed the monks of the Cistercian order is today a five-star spa hotel made up of 79 rooms and 16 treatment cabins. The thermal zone includes 2000 square metres and its mineral waters of high medicinal value come from the same San Bernardo spring.
With a long family tradition, the Arzuaga Navarro winery is another mandatory stop to get to know the region through its wines and signature dishes.
Surrounded by vineyards and wheat fields, the Monastery of Valbuena is the first five-star spa in Castilla y León, and its thermal areas that exceed 2000 square metres.
Situated in the town of San Bernardo, between the towns of Valbuena and Pesquera (Valladolid), this monastery was built on February 15 in 1143, by Estefanía de Armengol, daughter of the Count of Urgel. This is one of the most important types of architectural work from The Cistercian order. In fact, much of that religious order from the French Berdones Abbey moved there, living in these domains until the nineteenth Century.
Declared a National Historic-Artistic Monument in 1931 and a Cultural Interest Heritage Asset by the Junta de Castilla y León in 2000, this 18.000 square metres complex has been turned into a spa and thermal hotel, whose mineral waters come from the San Bernardo spring, which have numerous healing properties.
A combination of contrasts in the chapel of Saint Peter. The MAX Beige Nature 45cm x 90cm
format wall tile from Urbatek has been chosen for the staircase and the inside of the pool.
Keeping the Cistercian architecture
Made up of 79 rooms, from which 75% have superior category, in its wide extension of thermal zones, 16 treatment booths, thermal pools, contrasts circuit and a children’s pool can be found.
All rooms are included in this Cistercian building and they keep the architectural structures and original medieval art. A challenge faced by the architects Lorenzo Marqués de la Riva (Estudi BDM) and Mª Jesús de Pablo Yagüe, who were able to overcome that challenge after applying various collections from Porcelanosa Grupo. “The greatest achievement has been to keep the Cistercian essence of the monastery by including an elegant and perfectly fused decor in colours and textures that let us see all the beauty of the place, as well as creating a cozy and relaxing atmosphere”, explains Silvia González , the Marketing Manager of this hotel.
Staying in this hotel allows us to go on a journey through the history of Spain through its Romanesque cloister, Saint Peter’s Chapel (with original frescoes from the Castilian Gothic art), the refectory and the monks’ room, a place where the intellectual work of the religious community was carried out. This complex also hosts sacred art exhibitions corresponding to the Ages of Man, the permanent headquarters of the Foundation since 2002.
Known for its careful cuisine and its rich vine, Ribera del Duero has become one of the favourite destinations for restless culinary tourists. Through its Castilian diet, based on suckling lamb, oil cake and Castilian soup, and its wines with Ribera del Duero designation of origin, one can get to know the region and its contrasts through its dishes and vineyards.
A family winery with designation of origin
That is the key principle of the Bodega Arzuaga Navarro. Founded in the early 90s by Florentino Arzuaga, this winery located in Quintanilla de Onésimo has a long family tradition and its wines are among the most standout in the Ribera del Duero.
To bring every type of wine to a specific context, as well as enhancing that wine tourism experience, this space has extended its offer through a hotel and its very own restaurant: Taller Arzuaga. From these places, one can enjoy a big array of activities ranging from tasting courses to guided tours through its wine cellars, vineyards and the La Finca La Planta nature reserve; it is home to deer, wild boars and mouflons. During the harvest season, this winery also offers courses in wine harvests and production.
The carefulness, and the care for detail that Bodega Arzuaga Navarro gives to each of its wines also defines Taller Arzuaga. Led by Víctor Gutiérrez and awarded with a Michelin star, this gastronomic space combines traditional Castilian cuisine that is more avant-garde, where local products which come from the finca La Planta and its big wine list shape the signature menus.
The interior design and architectural organisation in the Arzuaga Workshop portrays that feeling of belonging to the Ribera del Duero which the products and the Arzuaga Navarro family have. Hence, the restaurant springs up and flows into its vineyards, while its decor both connects with, and becomes part of the surrounding landscape.
That has been Amaya Arzuaga’s intention, the designer who opted for the KrionTM mineral compact in order to tailor the main tasting table in the restaurant. “When visiting the wine cellar, an interactive floor shows you the passage from the most traditional part to the most modern. The tasting table in the new room has also been designed by me and shaped by PORCELANOSA. We are dealing with a table manufactured with KRIONTM (1100 Snow White) that presides over the room and whose colour allows the tones of the wines to be perfectly appreciated”, says Arzuaga.
A getaway which provides the six senses with some downtime.