When arriving to Santa Vera Cruz the first thing that is perceived it is a silent atmosphere with aroma to green. The town is surrounded of walnuts, poplars, small streams, and for on all the things, a deep greenery that advances for all the turns. The houses are very spaced some of other, with extensive gardens ahead and to the sides. The exuberance of the flowers seems to be the element common of the decoration in this town: white bells, lilacs and violets; rosy chrysanthemums and fuchsias, and quantities of hydrangeas and dahlias.
And half of a great valley, the town spreads without more symmetries through earth callecitas that ascend and they go down to the whim of the waves of the land.
Santa Vera's spine Cruz is the main road. and the only one paved. that railway tie the tip town to tip. All the other ones are earth paths with tunnels of trees that finish to the foot of the mountain.
Ascending down the street main we arrive at the square of the town covered by a colorful garden of flowers and trees. To the front the Church rises, built entirely of stone for the own inhabitants of the town.
The town has a little more than hundred twenty inhabitants that possess people's characteristic kindness that lives separated from the urban centers. Here it can be carried out walks to the side of the channel that gets off the gulch as a toboggan of water torrentosa. In the itinerary, walnuts and cardones in flower, with the background Velasco's hill, they compose a perfect postcard of The Rioja.
The best option is to travel the town first and to finish the visit with the purchase of nuts and came cooked, a variety of handmade wine that is carried out with the juice of the boiled grape and concentrated.
A trip to Santa Cruz is completed with the visit to the castle of Dionisio Aizcorbe , an octogenarian hermit originating of the county of Santa Faith . It arrived more than eighteen years ago to this paradise riojano in search of peace and silence. Their white hair surpasses the shoulders, and a leafy beard faded by the step of the years extends until the chest. The puckered frown, the sharp look, their clear and leisurely voice, they reveal the profile of a man that assumed a project of different life. Dionisio inhabits a castle built by him same that has become in one of the main attractiveness of the place.
This matter habitation rises to the foot of the hills, in Santa Cruz 's outskirts, surrounded of poplars, sallows, walnuts and cardones that cover of white, yellow and red flowers in the days of rain. On the castle the watering channels that get off the Velasco's mountains run.
The stranger's strength construction is in a rectangular way, made of cement and stone seven meters wide and five of high. When arriving to the place, the first thing that gets the attention is the access door. It is a hall door of lined iron with cement and in the superior arch there is a legend that prays": Homage to Vincent Van Gogh." Above her there are some colored mill crosses of yellow color, orange and ocher, similar to the mills that inspired Van Gogh.
After crossing the main hall door we end in a small garden with different sculptures. Of the right side it is the buda figure next to other oriental sculptures.
To the front, the representation of the via crucis. This access continues for a passageway of columns, finished off in the roof by a sculpture of a Viking ship that leads us until the entrance door to the castle.
All the external walls of the house of Dionisio are covered for different sculptures, and one of the facades has carved a series of drawings with form of masks of red, black and white color with African reminiscences.
The interior rooms are reduced spaces whose doors and windows have an asymmetric form, and some of them possess harmonious vitraux.
Dionisio lives completely alone in the labyrinths of its castle, where inhabits as if a goblin that escaped from a story of fairies was. But in definitive it is only a man that aspires to a different and free world that cheers up to build their castle. strange but not of sand. and to conquer the reality of to dream.