Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Happy Monks


Whilst travelling, some of the best days are when you discover things by happy accident.  Driving through north eastern Spain, we picked the town of Moncayo at random because it had a campsite and while staying there we discovered another beautiful monastery, the Cistercian Veruela Monastery, with its own winery and museum.

This spectacular monastery has existed here since 1145 and now has at its heart a wine museum of the Campo de Borja wine denomination, an innovating area where tradition and modernity come together (more on the delicious wine and the museum in another blog post).  It was interesting to learn that the monks liked making wine here (and probably drinking it too)! Inside the monastery there was also an art exhibition, another space where old meets new.