La Rioja Travel Guide

La Rioja

Looking like a big bowl from above, La Rioja is a province situated in the south of Ebro valley in North Spain. It is a fantasy land for the wine lovers. The community celebrates a festival of soaking each other in Rioja red-coloured wines. Beware of the bulls before you take part in it. They have settled mainly at the irrigated farmland of Ebro valley, keeping themselves busy in animal husbandry and dry farming. Those who admire the crafts will surely like this place as it has a plethora of eye-pleasing crafts like the wood carvings, tapestries, fine furniture, colourful ceramics, utensils, and others.

Every visitor here is aware of the wines present in this region. There are over 500 wineries to explore through, and some of them are internationally famous for this alcoholic drink. There are several tourists who come here for wine excursions, which include wine tasting and learning about the drink. There are several activities around these, and some of them also like to indulge in the production process. People like to go horse-riding as this region gives you some amazing landscapes to gallop through. You could also opt to take a hot air balloon and hike up to range to see the beautiful region from above.

This region is a close the famous Way of Saint James, which is a pilgrim route for the Spanish. It hosts several cultural attractions as well. The capital of Logrono should be explored well by getting to sites like Santo Domingo de la Calzada, the main cathedral, San Millán de la Cogolla, Suso and Yuso monasteries, etc. The World Heritage Site of Suso and Yuso monasteries are known to give birth to the initial words of the Spanish language.

Combining the mixture of culture and wine makes this region perfect for every tourism enthusiast. They have some of the best natural attractions as well, and they include Mediterranean forests, lunar landscapes, high-mountain areas, etc. The reserve of Sierra de Cebollera and Arnedillo, are worth visiting too.