Villabuena de Álava is a fantastic location for exploring the wine country of Rioja and Rioja Alavesa. Once a small hamlet town that belonged to LaGuardia, it became ´independent´ in 1661 and gained its name, Villabuena de Álava. Surrounded by other wine towns, vineyards and wineries, it is the perfect location to explore Rioja´s wine country and has a number of walking routes that take you from vineyard to vineyard. There is even a hiking route which takes you from the hotel to the town Baños del Ebro: once in Baños del Ebro, you can follow the well-known ´Camino del Barco´ (Way of the Boat), a walking route that takes you through the vineyards and poplar trees at the edge of the River Ebro.
Standing next to the hotel Viura is the stunning church of San Andrés. The beautiful church took nearly two centuries to complete and has a blend of gothic and baroque architecture. You can see the church´s tower from the hotel terrace, whilst you sit looking over the rooftops of Villabuena de Álava.
The town of Villabuena is also full of other little historical gems to discover, such as the chapels of San Torcuato and Santa María, and the ancient houses of Casa del Indiano and Casa Marqués de Solana.