THE VILLAGES WITH CHARM IN LA RIOJA THAT YOU CAN NOT LOSE IN ORDER THAT YOUR EXPERIENCE IS COMPLETE
La Rioja Alta and La Rioja Alavesa are two very remarkable areas, both for the wine culture and gastronomy, as well as for the beauty of their towns and their landscapes. There are several charming villages in La Rioja and La Rioja Alavesa that can be visited a few minutes from our hotel, which makes us the perfect rural hotel to know all that these regions can offer the visitor, which is a lot.
VILLAGES LESS THAN 20 MINUTES FROM THE HOTEL YOU MUST VISIT
HARO (A 17 MINUTES FROM THE HOTEL)
Located a few minutes from our hotel, it is the capital of La Rioja Alta and one of the most charming towns in La Rioja. It stands out for its huge wine tradition and for being officially the “Capital of the Rioja”.
To its numerous wineries such as CVNE or Muga, to mention some of the most famous, it is necessary to add the attraction of its historic center with some interesting monuments such as the church of San Nicolás or the 7 statues that are found in the town in which they represent the old trades of Haro.
Also noteworthy is its “Battle of Wine”, a festival of National Tourist Interest that is held every year on June 29.
In Haro there is a wide gastronomic offer for all tastes and pockets. Mix of culture, landscape and gastronomy, Haro is a place you can not miss in your visit to La Rioja.
EThe small town in which we are, on the left bank of the Ebro River, is worthy of a stroll both for its careful structure of narrow streets and beautiful houses, and for the surrounding landscapes.
The church of San Esteban, from the 15th century and declared a national monument, is the most representative monument.
We are the last town of La Rioja, in fact we are 2 minutes from the border with the Basque Country, specifically from La Rioja Alavesa.
As is necessary for these lands, the culture of wine is very present. We have up to 4 wineries in the village and walking a few meters from the hotel you will find many hectares of vineyards among which you can walk and even do our interpretation of the vineyard to know all the stages and care of the vines before the production of wine.
LAGUARDIA (12 MINUTES FROM THE HOTEL)
This medieval charming town in the Rioja Alavesa is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.
Laguardia is a short distance from our hotel and is one of the most touristic places in the area. It is a pleasure to walk through the walled area, to cross its magnificent medieval doors, to walk through its cobblestone streets or to sit down for a drink in the Plaza del Gaitero. As outstanding monuments we have the Church of Santa María de Los Reyes or La Torre Abacial, from where there are spectacular panoramic views of the vineyards.
Gastronomy and oenology are of course two of Laguardia’s strengths, with many wineries that can be visited.
ELCIEGO (A 14 MINUTES FROM THE HOTEL)
This town in the Rioja Alavesa is mainly famous for hosting one of the most luxurious hotels in Spain, Marqués de Riscal, designed by the renowned architect Frank Ghery, also famous for being the architect of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
Marqués de Riscal also has a winery that can be visited, although the most remarkable thing is undoubtedly its architecture.
BRIONES (A 14 MINUTES FROM THE HOTEL)
Briones is undoubtedly one of the most charming villages in La Rioja. It has a historic old town paved with narrow streets where the old stately palaces stand out, as well as its many emblazoned houses or its Plaza Mayor.
Surrounding Briones you can enjoy the remains of the old wall and spectacular views of the surroundings and the Ebro River. In the lower part of the town is the jewel of the Briones crown, the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture, considered by the UNWTO as the best wine museum in the world. It is of course an essential visit in which you will enjoy with the five senses of the world of wine in a truly spectacular space.
SAN VICENTE DE LA SONSIERRA (A 7 MINUTES FROM THE HOTEL)
Very close to our hotel, you could visit this charming town in La Rioja Alta with stone houses and narrow streets in the style of the typical villages of La Rioja.
You can climb to the ruins of the castle-fortress from where there are wonderful views of the Ebro river, the medieval bridge and the vineyard fields.
VILLAGES LESS THAN 45 MINUTES FAR FROM THE HOTEL YOU MUST VISIT
SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA AND EZCARAY (AT 35 MINUTES FROM THE HOTEL)
Ezcaray has a beautiful historical ensemble for its arcades, squares, palaces or monuments such as the Church of Santa María la Mayor.
Ezcaray is also known for the ski resort of Valdezcaray and for having the only restaurant in La Rioja with two Michelin stars, the Echaurren.
Santo Domingo de la Calzada is another of the charming villages of La Rioja for its historical heritage. The cathedral and Plaza España stand out. This town is also famous for being one of the most important places of passage of the French Way of St. James.
LOGROÑO (A 30 MINUTES FROM THE HOTEL)
The capital of La Rioja is also worth a visit for its proximity and for everything it offers the visitor.
The Cathedral of Santa María or The Church of San Bartolomé are some of the monuments that you can visit. Stresses the whole part of the center with its squares and its old town full of drafts (cellars that were under the houses).
And to finish the visit it is essential to go to the famous Laurel Street, full of “pintxos” bars where you can taste the rich Riojan cuisine in its purest form.
SAN MILLÁN DE LA COGOLLA (45 MINUTES FROM THE HOTEL)
A little further away from our hotel is this charming town in La Rioja, considered the cradle of Castilian language and one of the most touristic of the whole community for its famous Monasteries of Yuso and Suso.
Since 1997 they are a World Heritage Site. They were founded in the 6th century by a community of monks that continues today. Both the buildings and the surroundings, together with their history, will make your visit to this special place an absolutely wonderful experience.