“Feel like a local” in Ribera del Duero
Are you planning a visit soon to the Castilla Thermal Spa at the Monastery of Valbuena?
In addition to enjoying a unique place in which to have a renovating and relaxing experience through the well-being of our waters, we suggest that you enjoy yourself by delving into the customs and activities rooted in the surroundings of the Ribera del Duero. To do this, we collect a list of the "plans" so that you can "feel" this land of which we are so proud during your stay.
The Ribera del Duero stands out for being linked to the world of wine and its people are aware of this. Therefore, if there is one experience that must be enjoyed in the environment of the "Golden Mile" of the Ribera, then this is the unique and authentic enotourist experience.
Don't miss a relaxing walk through the vineyards of the area, a visit to the wineries and a tasting of their wonderful and genuine red wines with D.O. Ribera del Duero.
*Bodega Dehesa de lo Canónigos - Foto web oficial.
Apart from the vineyards, water is the main feature of the area, hand in hand with the Douro River, so you can walk or cycle your way from San Bernardo, while you travel through its villages such as Valbuena de Duero and Quitanilla de Onésimo.
The local old towns have a special charm. You should visit Tudela de Duero to taste and buy its traditional asparagus. If you visit us during the spring, on Saturday mornings several Tudela market gardeners have stands in a square and offer their fresh produce from their vegetable gardens. The last weekend of May holds the Exaltation of Asparagus and Craft Fair. And if your visit coincides with summer, the tomato days in summer bring together a dozen market gardeners to display the many varieties they grow.
Go to Peñafiel to stroll around the Plaza del Coso and enjoy the spectacular views of the Castle, which houses the Provincial Wine Museum, as well as visiting San Pablo convent, a first-rate Gothic-Mudejar architectural ensemble. Every Thursday, you can tour the market with fruit stalls, clothes and typical products of the area.
*Views of the Castle and the present-day Wine Museum in Peñafiel.
You can also get into the rural culture of the area by visiting the hotel's organic vegetable garden, hand in hand with our market gardener, an activity that is very well received especially by children.
We also recommend visiting the historical premises of the Monastery with the Las Edades del Hombre Foundation (www.lasedades.es) and enjoying a group wine tasting in unique spaces such as the Bodega de los Monjes, a place where wine and oenological culture was founded in the area with the help of the Cistercian monks, forefathers of the D.O. wines. Ribera del Duero In addition, during your stay with us, you will be able to taste our Converso Wine, which is exclusively for our guests.
Enjoying the local cuisine is a must during your visit. Take note of what you should not miss: garlic soup, a pincho of sucking lamb "al sarmiento" in the Traspinedo district and roast suckling lamb at our Restaurante Converso.
*Traditional "pincho de lechazo al sarmiento"(suckling lamb on a grapevine stem).
If your visit coincides with the weekend, don't forget vermouth hour, a deeply rooted custom in the area, where in many of its bars you will be able to taste exquisite, traditional tapas made with local products and paired with their fine wines.
Depending on the time of year you visit Castilla Termal Monasterio de Valbuena, you can enjoy traditional festivities in which the locals put all their heart and soul. Some of them are: The "Bajada del Ángel" during Easter Sunday in Peñafiel, the "Tudela Asparagus festival", summer festivals such as the popular "Chúndara" of Peñafiel, an emblematic procession of the town of Valladolid that takes place every year in August. The grape harvest festival in the same locality during the first weekend in October, the "Medieval Market and Grape Harvest Festival" in Quintanilla, in October, where visitors can enjoy craft workshops, gastronomy, street animation, the traditional grape treading and the distribution of must and pastas.