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Located on the edge of the Basque region, La Rioja is a picturesque province of Spain most well-known for its red Rioja wines, but the history, landscapes, and cycling are nothing to sniff at either! On this tour, you will discover the best of what this area has to offer, riding through the countryside on quiet roads and bike paths, visiting quaint towns, and immersing yourself in the incredible natural and historic surroundings.
Beginning and ending in the city of Logroño, this tour’s highlights include a visit to the historical towns of Laguardia and San Millan de la Cogolla, stunning views of the Sierra de la Demanda mountain range, the chance to taste wines in Haro (the capital of wine production), and cycling along the El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route where you’re sure to encounter hikers and cyclists from all over the world. Let yourself be carried away by the vibrant spirit of this colourful region…we’re sure you’ll want to stay more than just a week!
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Capital of the La Rioja province, Logroño is a small but vibrant city. Upon your arrival, take some time to explore its beautiful historic centre, enjoy its excellent array of restaurants and tapas bars, and soak up the atmosphere with a glass of Rioja.
After breakfast, we will transfer you to the starting point of your ride in Navarrete and outfit you with your bikes. Then it’s time to set off along the El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route until you pedal into the lovely town of San Millan de la Cogolla, your destination for the day.
Park your bikes and wander around this beautiful and historical city, famous for the twin Monasteries of Yuso and Suso, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Say adios to Yuso and Suso as you embark on a leisurely cycle through the lovely countryside to the historic town of Ezcaray. Nestled in the foothills of the impressive Sierra de la Demanda mountains, Ezcaray is the perfect place to relax, as you enjoy views of the striking mountain and woodland scenery.
Tonight’s dinner will cap off the luxury experience, as you’ll have the chance to dine at the exclusive 2-star Michelin restaurant Echaurren.
Take it easy today as you ride along a cycle path away from any traffic. On the way, stop for coffee or lunch in the historic and artistic towns of Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Casalareina, located on the banks of the Ojo River.
In the afternoon, you will reach Haro, capital of wine production in the Rioja and famous for its annual Wine Festival and Batalla de Vino (Battle of Wine).
You can choose to spend the day visiting wineries and savouring glasses of fruity Rioja in Haro, but we highly recommend riding the short loop we’ve mapped for you today, which will take you into the heart of the region among the vineyards where the Rioja wines get their start.
The wineries will still be there when you pedal back into town!
Following the river Ebro, you’ll cycle past more vineyards to reach the beautiful town of Briones, where you can learn more about Rioja at the Wine Museum of Vivancos.
From here, breathe in the fresh country air as quiet roads lead you through colourful landscapes all the way to the medieval walled town of Laguardia. Its well-preserved buildings and monuments will take you back in time as you explore the city.
Soon after pedaling out of Laguardia, you will arrive at Elciego, a town famous for its Marques de Riscal vineyard and the avant-garde hotel designed by architect Frank Gehry. Stare in awe and take some photos, then it’s time to get back on your bike and rejoin the Ebro river.
You’ll cycle along winding country roads until you reach the now-familiar city of Logroño.
You are free to leave Logroño at your leisure, perhaps visit nearby Bilbao and its Guggenheim Museum(also designed by Frank Gehry).
Or if you like, we can arrange extra nights in Logroño for you to spend more time in this lively town.
4 nights in 4-star hotels, 2 nights in 3-star hotels and a 1 night in a charming farmhouse