Grade

Moderate

When

Apr - Oct

Accommodation

Hotels

Breakfast

Included

Road bike

€ 105

E bike

€ 169

Trekking bike

€ 150

From: 1,025

Description

Self-guided La Rioja road cycling Trip

Start dates are available from March 29 until Oct 24

Only need a bike for La Rioja? Please check: Bike rental service in Santander

 

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Self-guided La Rioja road cycling Trip on a road bike

La Rioja is an autonomous community and province in Spain, in the north of the Iberian Peninsula. This area of Spain has over 500 wineries and is internationally famous for the quality of its wines. This region is also closely linked to the famous Way of Saint James pilgrim route and has a whole host of cultural attractions. Apart from its capital, Logroño, you’ll be able to explore other places such as Campoo, Polientes, Haro, Frías, and Laguardia.

A unique trip, following the River Ebro, the longest in Spain, as it flows from its source in the Cantabrian Mountains. It begins as a mountain stream flowing through green pastures and valleys, imposing canyons, vineyards, and past pretty and unknown villages, As you cycle you perceive the changes in the landscape and the river itself. Finally, you arrive in La Rioja, home of the finest Spanish wines. A sea of vineyards dotted with ancient villages, castles, and wineries. A magnificent trip for those who wish to visit parts of Spain that tourists never see. Wine and culture together make this cycling Tour perfect. In La Rioja, you’ll find lunar landscapes, Mediterranean forests, and beautiful mountain areas.

Cycle all the best in and around the north of the Iberian Peninsula

  • Fairytale village of Orbaneja del Castillo
  • World-famous vineyards and wine
  • Dramatic canyons of the Ebro river
  • Follow one of the most important rivers of Spain: the Ebro (Iberian Peninsula)
  • Get to know some of the most important wine-producing cellars of the popular Rioja wine.
  • A magnificent trip for those who wish to visit parts of Spain which are not overcrowded by tourists.
  • Combine the qualities of Spain with some physical activity.
Day 1
Arrival Point to Campoo
Arrival in Santander or Bilbao and transfer to your hotel in Campoo. Test bikes.
Day 2
Campoo to Polientes - Distance: 59 km or 97 km
This stage takes us through some fabulous and unspoiled scenery. From the green mountain pastures of the Cantabrian Mountains, along the shores of the Ebro Reservoir, past the Monastery of Montesclaros surrounded by forests to finally rejoin the Ebro in the Valley of Valderredible and tonight's stop in Polientes. Those on the short version follow the river direct to Polientes. The longer version circumnavigates the Ebro Reservoir.
Day 3
Polientes to Valle de Zamanzas - Distance: 43 km
You begin by cycling through the open valley of Valderredible. Visit the Romanesque church of San Martín de Elines and also the churches carved into the very rock, so characteristic of this region. Then the sides of the valley begin to close in until you find yourself in a marvelous canyon of ever-increasing dimensions, where eagles and vultures soar overhead. Visit the fairytale village of Orbaneja del Castillo with cascades running through the village. You pass Pesquera de Ebro before reaching your hotel in the Valle de Zamanzas.
Day 4
Valle de Zamanzas to Medina de Pomar - Distance: 36 km or 63 km
A beautiful route which follows a huge bend of the river through the most picturesque and undiscovered villages. An optional extension takes you to the dramatic village of Puentedey, built on a natural rock bridge over the River Nela. Tonight you stay in the Castilian town of Medina de Pomar with its old Jewish quarter and the castle dominating the town and the surrounding landscape.
Day 5
Medina de Pomar to Frías - Distance: 58 km
From Medina, you head back to the Ebro, The route then takes you along a quiet country road running parallel to the river where the valley begins to open out again. Visit the Romanesque church of San Pedro de Tejada and soon you are cycling through yet another canyon, which then opens out into the fertile valley around Frías. This is a spectacular village built around its castle and enjoys fine views of the Ebro Valley.
Day 6
Frías to Haro - Distance: 62 km
As you leave Frías, the valley begins to close in on you again until you find yourself in another spectacular canyon. The road runs along the shores of a reservoir surrounded by high mountains and through short tunnels carved out of the rock. The route crosses the little town of Miranda del Ebro before passing through imposing peaks that signal the gateway to the enormous open valley of La Rioja. Tonight is spent in the wine-producing village of Haro, with a chance to drink a glass or two of Rioja in its birthplace.
Day 7
Haro to Laguardia - Distance: 25 km or 50 km
You cycle through endless vineyards and numerous picturesque villages of La Rioja, with the backdrop of the Sierra de Cantabria mountains and the Ebro never too far away. You finally reach the superb walled medieval village of Laguardia where, as in Haro, wine is almost a way of life
Day 8
Laguardia to Santander or Bilbao departure day
Transfer from Laguardia to Santander or Bilbao



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  • First 5 evening meals with wine: Campoo, Polientes, Pesquera de Ebro, Medina de Pomar, Frías.
  • Accommodation with en-suite bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Transport to and from arrival/departure points - normally Bilbao or Santander, airports, ferry ports, railway stations, and bus stations (please note that departure from Laguardia on the final day will normally be at 9 a.m. Other departure times must be consulted previously.
  • Information Pack (Route Guide and maps)
  • Luggage transport between hotels
  • Single supplement + € 300
  • Road bike € 150
  • Trekking bike € 105
  • E-bike € 169

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