La Rioja, one of Spain’s famous wine-making regions, offers over 500 wineries, beautiful, unspoiled valleys, great historical landmarks and lively, welcoming towns. The Spanish region, located in the north of the Iberian Peninsula, is a brilliant year-round destination, with a Mediterranean climate of hot summers and mild winters.
La Rioja, one of Spain’s famous wine-making regions, offers over 500 wineries, beautiful, unspoiled valleys, great historical landmarks and lively, welcoming towns. The Spanish region, located in the north of the Iberian Peninsula, is a brilliant year-round destination, with a Mediterranean climate of hot summers and mild winters.Read more
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While the hottest, sunniest and driest month of July sees temperatures soar to 30*C, many choose to visit this pretty region in the autumn months for a cooler and quieter Spanish escape. La Rioja is typically seen as an ‘off the beaten track’ destination, but should not be overlooked by explorers and adventurers alike!
Visitors here are especially drawn to the Monastery of San Millan near the village of San Millan, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 6th century. The Sierra de Cebollera Nature Park is another great attraction here, surrounded by the central mountains of the Northern Iberian Mountain Range. More than half of the national park is covered in pine and beech forests, offering gorgeous mountainscapes along the way.
Of course, the majority of visitors to the region are enticed by the wineries, offerings of wine-tasting and vineyard tours and the infamous Rioja wine. With some of the best red wines in the world being produced here, La Rioja is a truly wine-lover’s paradise.
More than half of the region’s population lives in the capital city of Logroño, on the Ebro River. The city is rich in history and traditions, offering beautiful, historic pieces of architecture to admire from bridges to cathedrals. The capital also offers great restaurants, shops and of course, bars serving wine from the region – the economy here relies heavily on wine. The town square in La Rioja is a popular destination, which hosts festivals, concerts and a variety of events throughout the year.
The charming city of Ezcaray is another great area of La Rioja, sitting in the Sierra de la Demanda mountains. The city is a quaint area of the region to explore, offering some scenic strolls through its town centre surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, with peaks over 2,000 metres high.