Lasierra is a village that is as small as a grain of the cereal grown by its inhabitants. And, even so, they have achieved some mighty feats, generation after generation, to secure a fine standard of living in a rural environment. What does this village in the municipality of Ribera Alta in Álava province that its inhabitants wouldn’t change it for anything in the world? Would you like to take a look?
A walk around refurbished areas and other collective work by those who live and have lived in Lasierra will show you what can be achieved by working together for the common good. The process that has turned Álava’s speckled “pinta” beans into a top-quality Basque product is one good example. This village also created the Basque Country’s first sustainable energy community, producing and using electricity from solar panels.
During this walk we’ll be paying attention to all the sounds and images brought to us by nature. You’ll see and hear birds, we’ll be tracking down other animals living in the woods, you can discover, touch, smell and taste wild fruit and plants, and you’ll even visit an art gallery and find many curiosities in the open air.
And I, Vanessa Sánchez, will be your guide and interpreter. I’ll take you there and let you discover Lasierra and its surroundings, play, and come up with ideas for the projects still pending in the village.
During the walk we might come across one of the dozen people who live in Lasierra. Some of them work in agriculture, others on artistic creativity, others in tourism, teaching, engineering or with the famous Añana salt. The thing is, the countryside is much more than just agriculture and livestock these days.
If you’d like to see rural professionals at close quarters, I’ll arrange another outing for you to visit these people where they actually work. You’ll be surprised by all the professional variety in Ribera Alta and its general district, known as Cuadrilla de Añana.
Ribera Alta, the great unknown