Elciego (Basque: Eltziego) is a village in the province of Álava. The village has a long history, dating back to the Roman era. The Romans established a settlement in the area, which was known for its wine production. During the Middle Ages, the village was controlled by various feudal lords, and the local castle was an important defensive structure. In the 19th century, Elciego saw a period of economic growth and modernization, with the construction of new buildings and infrastructure.
Today, Elciego is known for its wine production, particularly the Tempranillo variety, and for its historical and architectural heritage. The village is home to the prestigious wine hotel and winery, Hotel Marqués de Riscal, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry.
Elciego is located 7 km south west of Laguardia. The two main roads AP-68 (toll road) and N-232, which connect Bilbao with Zaragoza, run 3 km south of Elciego and they can be used to get to any of the big cities in the area.
Bus: Available to Elciego from Vitoria, Logroño and surrounding towns in the region.
Bilbao 130 km (about 90 minutes).
San Sebastian 165 km (about 2 hours).
However, there isn’t direct transport from these airports to Elciego.
Train: Logroño is the nearest station 25km away
The town center of Elciego is lined with narrow cobblestone streets and traditional Basque houses. Visitors can take a stroll through the town and discover its charming atmosphere.
The Church of Santa María is a beautiful Gothic church that dates back to the 14th century. It features a large stone portal, a nave with ribbed vaults, and a beautiful altarpiece.
The Castle of Elciego offers a viewpoint that provides a panoramic view of the town and the surrounding landscape.
WHERE TO STAY IN AND AROUND ELCIEGO
There is one stunning luxury avant-garde hotel, and a selection of other accommodation on vineyards which also offer wine tours of the region.
Events and Festivals
Elciego has several festivals and events throughout the year. Some of the most notable festivals include:
- Wine Festival: This festival is held in September, and it celebrates the town’s wine heritage. Visitors can enjoy wine tastings, music, and traditional food.
- The Day of Saint Agatha: This festival is held on February 5th and it honors the town’s patron saint. It features processions, music, and traditional food.
- Festival of Saint John: This festival is held on June 24th and it features bonfires, fireworks, and traditional music.
- The Day of the Assumption: This festival is held on August 15th and it features processions, music, and traditional food.
- The Day of the Immaculate Conception: This festival is held on December 8th and it features processions, music, and traditional food.