San Millán de la Cogolla

Travel to where the Spanish langauge was born.

It is said that San Millán de la Cogolla is the ‘cuna‘ or cradle of the Spanish language. It is here in this beautiful, mountainous landscape that the first written words of Spanish were composed on paper. Spanish monks living in the monasteries Suso and Yuso, began inscribing Spanish words for the first time into the side columns of texts that were formerly only written in Latin. It is believed that San Millán de la Cogolla is where the oldest of these Spanish transcriptions have been found, dating back to the 11th century A.D., and for this, both monasteries have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.

San Millán de la Cogolla is about a 55 minute drive to the southwest of Logroño and transportation to and from Logroño will be included in the tour. A typical ‘Riojan’ 3 course meal (lunch) will also be included in the tour. The restaurant, Asador de San Millán, is perfectly placed on the grounds of the monasteries and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful views of La Rioja. Check out the link of the restaurant to find out more about typical ‘Riojan’ foods that they serve, or to see some of the views and decor of this unique restaurant.

Tours: Tuesday & Wednesday (or by appointment for groups larger than 6)

10am – 4:00pm

Meeting Point:  You’ll be picked up and dropped off in your hotel or hostel lobby.

Price: $85. Price includes the trip to and from Logroño (55 minutes each way), the entrance fee and guided tour through both monasteries, Yuso and Suso, as well as a typical 3 course ‘Riojan’ lunch at the Asador de San Millán.

**When sending your reservation, please include…

1) Your full name.

2) The dates that most interest you.

3) How many in your party.

4) If you already know at what hotel you will be staying, please include it. If not, that can be arranged at a later date.

5) If you will be bringing children, and how many (the price will be different for children).

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