El Reloj Animado

Basque Country

Atop the town hall on the main plaza, Laguardia's intriguing clockface draws onlookers at various times of the day. At noon, 1pm, 2pm, 5pm, 8pm and 10pm, the tolling of the hour is accompanied by dancing figures in traditional Basque costume. Go a bit early, as the clock isn't always precise.

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2. Iglesia de Santa María de los Reyes

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3. Torre Abacial

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For a splendid view over town and the vineyards beyond, climb the 100-plus steps of the 'Abbot's Tower' – so named as it was once part of a monastery…

4. Bodegas Palacio

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Bodegas Palacio, just 800m south of Laguardia, arranges tours and tastings by appointment. Check the website for details of its wine courses (from €35 for…

5. Bodegas Casa Primicia

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Laguardia's oldest winery is 500m north of the historic centre. On a 75-minute tour through this atmospheric 16th-century building, knowledgeable guides…

7. Bodegas Ysios

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