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Haro the Heart of Rioja Wines and Tapa Tour
Half Day private walking to of Haro, the hear of Rioja wines. Visit a winery and then enjoy a tapa tour of quiant wine taverns.... Read more....Tours in La Rioja

La Rioja, Spain Travel & Accommodation Guide

Lodging, Paradores & Hotels in La Rioja, Spain

Large Oak tanks holding wine, Bodega Muga Winery, Haro village, La Rioja, Spain
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La Rioja is a province and autonomous community of northern Spain. Its capital is Logroño. Other cities and towns in the province include Calahorra, Arnedo, Haro, San Asensio, Navalsaz, and Nájera.  It is bordered by the Basque Country (province of Álava), Navarra, Aragon (province of Zaragoza), and Castile and León (provinces of Soria and Burgos). The Río Ebro flows through this region, as does the Río Oja, for which it is known.  The territory of La Rioja  was formerly known as the province of Logroño for the fortified site around which it developed. The 12th-century church Iglesia de Santa Maria de Palacio recalls its original as a chapel of the administrative palace.  The area is particularly famous worldwide for its wonderful wines.  Rioja is a wine from a region named after the Rio Oja in Spain, a tributary of the Ebro. It is made from grapes grown in the provinces of La Rioja, Southern Álava or Navarre. 
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La Rioja is further subdivided into three zones (in rising order of warmth) Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja. Rioja Alta is the highest of these zones and is said to produce the best wine. Many wines have traditionally blended fruit from all 3 regions though there is a slow growth in single zone wines.

Holidays in Rioja and Logrono Holiday Attractions
La Rioja is a region of northern Spain and is bordered entirely by the regions of Navarre, Basque Country, Aragon and Castilla Leon. Its capital is the city of Logrono and other important cities and towns in the province include Haro, Calahorra, Arnedo and Alfaro. The region is characteristically dry and arid but also has a hint of the Mediterranean and some wonderful scenery in the north of the region with its high mountain ranges... read more

More Travel Reading: La Rioja - Spain's Wine Capital   by Seb Jay 
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Puente De Piedra, Reconstruction of Bridge Built by St. Dominic, John of Ortega, La Rioja, Spain
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Arnedillo - Spa town in La Rioja, Spain.  "Excursions throughout the Cidacos, rich in fossils (dinosaur footprints). Walking in the beech woods of Santiago and Poyales with the possibility of observing deer, roe deer and wild boar. Hot springs (52.2ºC) and the Arnedillo spa at only 500m from the hotel. Caza, Pesca, Senderismo." Rusticae Hospederia Las Pedrolas Click to view map
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Rusticae Hospederia Las Pedrolas, Arnedillo
This 1760 gothic style house located next to the Amedillo parish church has been designated a building of National Historic Interest. The house has recently been restored maintaining the original structure of the Baroque period as can be witnessed by the timber beams and the coat of arms on the front of the house. The decor is simple and elegant with mainly neutral colours that contrast with the slate flooring and stretches of stone on some of the walls. The sitting room, with a fireplace has a large window that opens out onto a small pleasant patio with a marble fountain surrounded with plants and flowers. The breakfasts are plentiful and include local delicacies such as home-made jams made with lemon, apple with rum and raisins, chestnuts and mandarins.  The rooms are spacious and very comfortable and the only sound that can be heard is the chime of the church bells.
Azofra - town in La Rioja - attractions include the David Mereno Winery, Rioja Alta Golf Club, San Millan de la Cogolla Monastery, Paternina Winery, Wurth Museum and Valdezcaray skiing.
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Real Casona de las Amas, Azofra
The Real Casona de las Amas is located in Azofra in Rioja, within five kilometres of David Mereno Winery and seven kilometres of Rioja Alta Golf Club.  The hotel dates from the 17th century and has many original features such as coats of arms and fireplaces.  There are spa services onsite, which include in-room massage and a jetted tub. Complimentary parking is available and there is an outdoor swimming pool. The restaurant at Real Casona de las Amas serves Mediterranean dishes in an informal setting. Breakfast is complimentary and there is a bar.  Guests can hire bicycles from the hotel and play mini-golf in the grounds. There are 16 guestrooms at the hotel, all of which provide desks, wireless Internet access, and safes. 
Calahorra - located on a promontory overlooking the fertile plain of Cidacos, the town's chief activity is distributing the area's excellent garden produce.  Worth visiting in the historic centre of Calahorra are the Gothic style Cathedral.  In the Muslim old town there is a Roman arch and the church of San Andrés, from the 16th century. In Plaza del Raso, a former Roman forum, stands the church of Santiago, the finest example of La Rioja's Neoclassic style. Click to view map
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Hotel Zenit, Calahorra
Located 1 kilometre from the city centre of Calahorra, on the N-232 road, right in the heart of the La Rioja vine-growing area.  It is a hotel with 30 rooms, ideal for enjoying a few days in the countryside, as well as for business people and representatives, to stop off and enjoy a complete range of services and comfort.  The hotel has a good restaurant, which is specialised in the traditional cuisine of this rich agricultural area, and it has its own car park (20,000 sq.m.). It also has a green area with outdoor swimming pool.  La Plana Restaurant - Our restaurant service offers you the possibility of enjoying our buffet breakfast where you can taste the most appetising dishes. We set our offer off with the La Plana Restaurant, where you can taste exquisite dishes which will delight lovers of good food. 
Parador de Calahorra, Calahorra, La Rioja
The Parador, built using red bricks, strikes a wonderful contrast with the clear waters of the river Ebro and the Cidacos Valley.  The garden, thick with vegetation and full of flowers and palm trees, is part of one of the most important historical and artistic buildings in La Rioja. The ancient Calagurris is of roman origin, and its cathedral is its most famous building. The building's features include huge doorways, windows and blinds with smooth interior lines and obvious medieval decorative influences. The conference suites are spacious with modern and functional facilities. The Riojan cuisine is based on the quality of the ingredients produced in the region. Its specialities include, vegetable stew, pochas (haricot bean stew), lamb chops with peppers, and pears or peaches cooked in wine.
Haro - Haro region is the most northwestern region of La Rioja, becoming the frontier with Burgos and Alava. Its capital, Haro has a 40.32 Km2 area. It is the economic centre of the administrative area, which embraces 49 town councils, including Haro. Its altitude above sea level (496,50m in the Paz Square) provides a warm climate in summer and a cold and cloudy weather in winter.  Haro is the center of wine production, and a well-known folkloristic event is its annual "battle of the wine". Of major touristic interest is the the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James), a part of which leads through La Rioja. The monasteries along that way are not only of high artistic but as well cultural importance, here was written the first text ever in Castilian Spanish. Click to view map
Hotel Luz, Haro
This modern and comfortable 3 stars hotel is located in the heart of Haro.  This charming hotel, inaugurated in April 2000, is modern in style yet maintains functionality and comfort in every setting. Every aspect of the decor, down to the finest detail, has been thoughtfully produced to create a pleasant and relaxing environment, so that you can enjoy comfort and a well-deserved break during your stay.  Standard double room - standard room with 2 twin beds / full bath satellite TV / spacious / air-conditioning - standard room - standard room with 2 twin beds / full bath satellite TV / spacious / air-conditioning.
Laguardia - situated in the Rioja Alava wine region 20 kilometres from Logroño.
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Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Elceigo - 5 kms from Laguardia
Set in the Rioja wine region, the Hotel Marqués de Riscal is located in the centre of Elciego, Spain, within 22 kilometres of Logroño and 110 kilometres from Bilbao. The boutique Hotel Marqués de Riscal is housed in a landmark avant-garde property designed by Frank Gehry, with his trademark curved metal flourishes offsetting the hotel's historic 19th-century wine cellars.  At the Caudalíe Vinothérapie Spa, guests can work out in the fitness room, cool off in the indoor pool, and relax in the sauna and steam room or with beauty treatments incorporating 'wine therapy'. The hotel also has a rooftop lounge and library, and guests can take in panoramic views of the town and vineyards from the hotel's eight terraces.  The Hotel Marqués de Riscal offers two dining options both featuring a contemporary design by Frank Gehry: the hotel's Michelin-starred main restaurant offers traditional Basque cuisine with a French influence; the trendy 1860 Restaurant offers panoramic views and serves regional and international dishes.
Sercotel Villa de Laguardia
The Sercotel Hotel Villa de Laguardia is located in the medieval town of Laguardia, Spain, 12 kilometres from Logroño, in the Rioja Alava wine region.  There are various golf courses in the vicinity, the nearest of which is at Logroño, 20 kilometres away. Organised wine tastings are also on offer. The Sercotel Hotel Villa de Laguardia is a modern hotel, with traditional-style wooden or tiled floors and natural coloured decor. It has an extensive wine cellar and a library, with visits to local wineries organised by staff. The garden has a waterfall and outdoor pool, and other facilities include a solarium, gym with sauna, and TV and reading rooms. There is a large recreation area for children. The Villa de Laguardia has a bar-café, and drinks can be enjoyed in the garden. The El Medoc Alaves restaurant serves Basque cuisine complemented by an extensive wine list. The dining room, with its wooden floor, is decorated in pale blue and white.
Santo Domingo de la Calzada - 46 kms from Logrono, Santo Domingo de la Calzada was a stopping point for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.  The Romanesque/Gothic Cathedral (1180) in the city occupies the site of an earlier church built by Santo Domingo. The free-standing Baroque tower was built in 1767, the doorway in 1769. The high altar has a magnificent retablo by Dami Án Forment. To the right of the altar is a Gothic baldachin over the 12th century tomb of Santo Domingo.
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Parador de Santo Domingo Bernardo de Fresneda, Sto. Domingo de la Calzada
The Parador is in the convent of San Francisco, 800 metres from the historic centre of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. After the restoration of the buildings, the former guest house will be used, of considerable cultural value and the ideal base for nature rambles.  Clients will be attended to in the various departments by students of the León school who will be putting into practice the skills acquired in the theory and practical classes of the Parador Training Centre, "Hostal San Marcos" in León, under our specialists and professionals.  The restaurant offers the local Piquillo peppers, roast ribs of lamb from the Cameros mountains, mixed Ribera vegetables, cod Rioja style, Santo Domingo cake and the famous Rioja wines with Denomination of Origin. 
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The Parador is in a 12th century former hospital next to the Cathedral, built by Saint Domingo to house the pilgrims on St. James' way.  Regal and elegant in style, it has majestic lounges and a vestibule full of gothic arches and coffered ceilings. Noble materials and bright colours blue and white lead on to comfortable, tastefully decorated rooms, some with canopied beds. These warm, harmonious surroundings are also suitable for social events and gatherings.  The local red peppers must be sampled, especially if they are stuffed, whether with black pudding or other foods. The mixed vegetable platters are a famous product of this excellent farming region. And naturally, everything is accompanied by the exquisite wines of La Rioja.

Latest update: September 28, 2012