A parking space with wall mounted wine pumps
In the town of Covarrubias, we admire the timber-framed houses. Even the bins are consistently styled. It’s very cold and deserted. In the next village, Santo Domingo de Silos, it’s slightly warmer. This place is known for its Gregorian chants and the beautiful Romanesque cloister in the Benedictine monastery. We can visit the cloister, but there’s no singing until the evening. Two kilometers further, we park the motorhome just after a tunnel. We encounter a small, very narrow gorge: the Desfiladero de la Yecla. Via a staircase and walkway we enter the gorge and immediately find ten vultures circling over our heads.
For the first night of España Discovery, we stop at the local wine cooperative in Peñaranda de Duero. They’re still open and we register in the shop, waving the España Discovery book, which serves as proof of membership. We’re allowed to pick a spot in the parking lot and – of course – quickly purchase a bottle of wine. There are even wine pumps installed in the wall for after hours. In case we’re still thirsty, or become overwhelmed by the boring parking lot, we can get our hands on enough wine to last us the night.