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Aranda de Duero is a small yet lovely town and municipality in Spain, located more exactly within the autonomous community of Castile and Leon, in the province of Burgos, being also the capital of the Ribera del Duero wine region. In fact, Aranda de Duero is renowned for its wine cellar, which interconnect below the streets of the town center. According to the 2008 census, Aranda de Duero has a total population of 33,140 residents and spans on a total area of 49 square miles (126 sq km). Even though it is small, Aranda de Duero will surely impress you with the numerous cultural and recreational opportunities that it offers.
Top Attractions within Aranda de Duero
Santa Maria la Real is an impressive church in Aranda de Duero. It dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries, when it was built by Simon de Colonia. Its large doorway, topped by carved stone reliefs and the coat of arms of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile, is one of the church's most notable features. Other religious sites include San Juan de la Vera Cruz Parish Church and San Nicolas de Bari.
The Virgen de las Vinas Sanctuary is a hermitage dating back to the 17th century. It is located on a small hill to the north of Aranda de Duero and offers some great views over the city.
The Train Museum is an interesting cultural institution in Aranda de Duero. It is situated in the old train station Chelva. The museum documents the history of Spanish railways and puts on display numerous artifacts. Another great museum you could visit is the Pottery Museum, which features pottery from all over the country.
Restaurants. Aranda de Duero offers plenty of dining options and all kinds of culinary opportunities for every tastebud. Some of its best restaurants include Asador El Cipres, Meson El Pastor, El Lagar De Isilla, Meson El Roble, El Somaten, Aitana, and La Raspa.