After completing our tour of Laguardia, it was on to the next quaint town in the beautiful Basque wine country with Lidia and Jose Ramon as our tour guides. It wasn’t long before we entered the town of Elciego, home to the popular Hotel Marques De Riscal designed by Frank Gehry. After visiting the Guggenheim in Bilbao, seeing another Frank Gehry design was high on my list so I was thrilled to be stopping in Elciego.
We spotted the twisted colorful titanium design in the distance and parked as close as we could hoping to get a glimpse inside. But as we approached we were turned away since we weren’t guests of the hotel. Later I learned that the starting rates are $620/ night and out of reach for the average traveler. For myself, I am thoroughly satisfied with my visit to the Guggenheim which is very affordable and truly amazing.
The church was closing when we arrived, then Jose Ramon recognized one of the two priests who were locking up. Generously they allowed us a few minutes to peak inside. I walked up the aisle and took in the beauty and serenity of the place while the others chatted at the entrance and waited for me. It felt like a special moment that would be interrupted if I fumbled with my camera so I left without any images to share.
Although the parking lot below was quite busy, the Old Town was surprisingly quiet inspite of it being a holiday week. Most tourists were apparently visiting the dozens of wineries in the area.
Next stop: San Vincente de La Sonsierra