See another side of Spain in La Rioja

Holidaymakers seeking a Spanish getaway will usually be dreaming of sun, sea and sand – and heading straight to coastal areas. However, with its rich cultural heritage and gorgeous scenery, the country has much more to offer than a mere beach holiday. One destination that comes highly recommended for those looking to see another side of Spain is the northern La Rioja province.

La Rioja

La Rioja

The region is highly attractive to anyone who is into their fine dining, especially as it is internationally renowned for its delicious wines. La Rioja has more than 500 wineries, and anyone who enjoys pursuing a vineyard and seeing the winemaking process from beginning to end will be delighted with the opportunities on offer.

And what better place to enjoy the sumptuous wines of La Rioja than in front of a backdrop of the region’s breath-taking natural attractions? Colourful Mediterranean forests and a rugged mountainous skyline make for an idyllic location in which to enjoy the region’s wines as the sun descends behind the rolling hills.

Vineyard in La Rioja

Vineyard in La Rioja

However, La Rioja is not just for older wine-lovers (although holiday makers considering a trip to the La Rioja province should look into travel insurance over 65) – there are many more attractions in and around the picturesque landscapes to be enjoyed by the whole family. Horse riding, hot air ballooning and 4×4 routes are just some of the activities that cater to adventurous families that enjoy a good adrenaline rush and are always on the go.

The Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago

Culture vultures can head to the region’s capital of Logrono, which holds behind its walls a vast history waiting to be uncovered. Much of the city’s architecture hails from the 11th century, when the famous Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago de Compostela first gained popularity. Highlights of Logrono include the Pilgrim’s Shelter, Pilgrim’s fountain and the church of Santiago, which relate to the pilgrim’s route. The palaces of Marquis de Legarda, Los Chapiteles and the Museum of La Riolaja are also well worth a visit for those wanting to soak up some culture.

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  • Reply
    March 10, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I am delighted that Logrono’s best and most interesting 11th century architecture, built just in time for pilgrims on the long road to Santiago de Compostela, has survived. It would have been too easy for a pilgrims’ “motel” or a small church to be pulled down or redeveloped beyond recognition.

    I drove the full length of the Camino and saw hardy souls dragging themselves by foot. It is a LONG way, and the summer is hot! If a car is unacceptable, I would use a bike or horse.

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      March 10, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      @Hels I like the idea of a bike – and I certainly wouldn’t be attempting the Camino in the hight of summer1

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