Getaway and what to see in La Rioja

More than wine

Rioja is much more than wine. There is a lot to see in La Rioja; it´s a community with varied landscapes, festivals, crafts, DO products and a great cuisine.

Plan your getaway to La Rioja

West area. One way to get to know it is by walking along the French Way, which crosses the area from north to west. Its usual stages are in some of the most legendary places in Spain, a must see in La Rioja: Logroño, Nájera and Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Another key place is Haro, wine capital located a little south of the Obarenes Mountains and the Sierra de Cantabria.

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Sierra Cebollera

In the mountains. Much of the south is an imposing massif in which there are two spectacular natural areas: Sierra Cebollera and the Sierra de la Demanda y Sierra de Urbión; there you have many options for hiking, hunting and fishing. In its breaths you should visit two historical locations: Ezcaray and San Millán de la Cogolla (San Millán was used to fund miracles and you will also see the tombs of the legendary Infantes de Lara). Don’t miss Enciso and its Interpretation Centre dedicated to dinosaurs.

East area. To the south of Logroño you can visit the natural area of Peñas de Iregua, Leza and Jubera (where Clavijo is located, scene of the battle in which the legend of ‘Santiago matamoros’ arose). And to the south of Arnedo you ´ll find Las Peñas de Arnedillo, Peñalmonte and Peña Isasa. And to the west of Alfaro, the interesting Sotos del Ebro. A little further to the west is Calahorra, a village with an extraordinary history.

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San Millán de la Cogolla

Active Tourism: In addition to making the road and its other global attraction: wine tourism, there are many other active tourism activities to do in La Rioja; These can be found on this page. There are also many golf courses and the ski resort of Valdezcaray.

Those who have attended any of the festivals of La Rioja know about the abundance and quality of their wines and food.

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Patatas a la Riojana

We have made informative pages of some of the most important festivities that must be seen in La Rioja: Fiestas de San Mateo in Logroño, Batalla del Vino in Haro, Wine Fair in Entreviñas and Aldeanueva del Ebro, Zurracapote de San Mateo and the harvest, Festival of Bread and Cheese in Quel, Fruit Fair in Soto de Cameros, Robo de los Santos in Arnedo and the Fiesta de Santo Domingo de la Calzada.

It should’t surprise you, the most important thing to see in La Rioja are its wineries with DO, in many of which you can also taste traditional dishes. One of the most important is Rioja style potatoes, which combine local products with DO such as Rioja chorizo and pepper, always with some good La Rioja oil.

Less popular is the bubbly drink par excellence: Cava de La Rioja. Other extraordinary raw materials in which the gastronomy of La Rioja is based are: the cauliflower of Calahorra, the pears of Rincón de Soto, and camerano cheese.

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Coliflor de Calahorra

To organize a visit focused on gastronomy, we have prepared two posts to guide it: Route through 5 wineries and Gastronomic Route through La Rioja. However, it is better to click on the hyperlink that connects to the gastronomy page of each locality, where there are also restaurants and bars.

  • Logroño. Where to eat. Where to stay.
  • Alfaro. Where to eat. Where to stay.
  • Arnedo. Where to eat. Where to stay.
  • Calahorra. Where to eat. Where to stay.
  • Enciso. Where to eat. Where to stay.
  • Ezcaray. Where to eat. Where to stay.
  • Haro. Where to eat. Where to stay.
  • Nájera. Where to eat. Where to stay.
  • San Millán de la Cogolla. Where to eat. Where to stay.
  • Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Where to eat. Where to stay.
  • Valdezcaray. Where to eat. Where to stay.

There is much to see in La Rioja, but there is also much to buy such as artisanal products.
We have gathered the local artisans in the following pages: typical costumes, hats and headdresses, leather and leather, musical instruments, binding and paper, metal and wrought iron, candles and wax,wood and woodwork, soaps and perfumes, stone and stonework, basketry and vegetable fibers, jewelery workshops, figures in fallas, potters and potters.

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