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We wanted an attractive rural location within easy driving distance from supermarkets and interesting places to visit. The house in Archua was an excellent choice from that perspective. It is only 35 minutes from an excellent supermarket in Vitoria, 45 minutes from Laguardia in the heart of the Rioja wine region, 90 minutes from the beautiful seaside city of San Sebastian.. Thanks to our host, Andoni Pinedo, we also visited Santa Catalina Botanical Garden--only 30 minutes away by car and an attraction we would not have known about without his advice.
My husband and I wanted to stay in a rural place away from the city noise. We are country folks ourselves. We rented the self contained apartment from Jorge. the picture on his website do not do justice to this place. It is beautiful, nestled right at the base of a mountain with cows (with the bells on) and sheep grazing on the hillsides. the apartment had a kitchen, dining area, living room, great TV, internet, a fireplace (we didn't need to use it), bedroom, and bathroom. The bed was great! We wanted to be able to cook if we wanted to but a big town was 10-15 minutes away. There is also a well known Michelin star restaurant just down the road from Jorge's home. San Sebastian is about 90 minutes away and Bilbao is 30 minutes away. We also went to the wine region maybe two hours away. The owners will not hover around you and will let you come and go as you please. Parking was great (we rented a car). If we are in this region again we would stay here again. Jorge does not speak English real well but well enough to help out. Do not hesitate to stay here!