Capital of the Ribera del Duero, few Castilian towns have the good atmosphere that is always breathed in Aranda del Duero. And even more so in the month of June, when they celebrate the Lechazo Days, a tradition already deeply rooted that this year celebrates 23 editions.

Throughout the month of June, eight specialized grills with wood-burning ovens offer a very special menu at a fixed price of 55 euros.

Throughout the month of June, eight specialized grills with wood-burning ovens offer a very special menu at a fixed price of 55 euros in which The fabulous local suckling lamb is the star ingredient. Obviously this menu does not lack other local ingredients to complete the range of flavors so characteristic of the area that will also be accompanied by the excellent DO Ribera del Duero wines.


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Las Ánimas underground winery.
Las Ánimas underground winery.

On the table and under the floor

Aranda has been linked to the world of wine for centuries; so much so that it has even marked the structure of the city and its subsoil. Below the town there are about seven kilometers of excavated galleries between the 12th and 18th centuries. to one depth that varies between ten and twelve metersThe wine was stored for years and today it is possible to visit some of those wineries.

Under the town there are about seven kilometers of galleries excavated between the 12th and 18th centuries.

So much that of Las Ánimas like that of Don Carlos They are good examples of what those medieval wineries were. In addition, on Saturdays theatrical visits are offered that end with a good wine tasting. A very original, fun and perfect plan to sign up with friends is the one offered Get Rid of (ribiertete.com). A “scaperoom” in which you have to look for clues, find keys and decipher codes, but also drink and eat to find the solution.


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Lamb is the star product at the Lechazo Days.
Lamb is the star product at the Lechazo Days.

Let’s burn off the feast!

Another of the positive points of Aranda de Duero is that it has very interesting corners to get lost in after enjoying a good gastronomic tribute. His historic helmet, very careful, it is full of outstanding heritage. Any route starts at Plaza Mayor, the heart of the town. The traditional market was held between its characteristic arcades, a space that today is occupied by lively terraces.

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Don’t forget to walk around looking at the ground as here is a reproduction of an old map of Aranda, the first perspective urban plan made in Spain. The original dates back to 1503 and was created to demonstrate that there was a house that deserved to be demolished to widen a street. It is located in the General Archive of Simancas (Valladolid). Another well-known square is Wheatthe same one in which a new edition of the Sonorama-Ribera festival, one of the most anticipated by lovers of “indie” music.


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Facade of the church of Santa María la Real.
Facade of the church of Santa María la Real.

Your great jewel

The church of Santa María la Real It is one of the most prominent places in Aranda, a majestic 15th century gothic temple in which the splendid doorway-altarpiece of its main façade. Gothic-Elizabethan style and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, its decoration will force you to look up for a long time. Of course, don’t forget to enter and admire its interior as well.

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