La Rioja is the smallest Autonomous Community in Spain. However, you will have to plan in detail your weekend in La Rioja to explore its most special corners and enjoy the best plans.
In this post we offer you a complete and varied weekend in La Rioja that you can use as a basis for planning your trip, always adapting it to your needs. your tastes and preferences. Don't hesitate to add your own plans that you want to carry out.
The aim is for you to spend an unforgettable weekend and that you wish to return to this unique region.
1. Your ideal accommodation for a weekend in La Rioja
Before packing your suitcase to spend a weekend in La Rioja you need to have a place to stay.
To do this, we recommend that you use our search engine. Then, based on your preferences, select the type of accommodation you want: Hotel, Rural House, Apartment...
There you go all accommodation of La Rioja which are part of La Rioja Premium and which, therefore, are a safe bet as they have the best ratings from their customers: Hotels, Cottages, Apartments and other accommodation where you will feel at home... Or better!
Contact directly with the accommodation you have chosen through the details that appear on the website, and don't leave it to the last minuteor you run the risk of them being full.
Tell them you found them through La Rioja Premium and they will treat you like a 10!
Friday afternoon / evening in La Rioja
Start your weekend in La Rioja, and depending on where your accommodation is located we recommend you to use these Friday hours to get to know its surroundings.
If you have chosen a village in La Rioja Alta you can take a stroll around the town or go to Haro to visit "La Herradura", its tapas area, and if you arrive in time you can also visit The Barrio de La Estación.
In case you don't know it, the Barrio de La Estación hosts the world's largest gathering of Centenary Wineries, es realmente un sitio único en el que puedes ir haciendo boca.
Winebars are "bars" in which each winery serves its own wines and are generally steeped in wine culture with an emphasis on the careful decoration that transports you to other times.
If you have stayed in Logroño you can take the opportunity to getting to know the city and its most emblematic corners.
The same is recommended if your accommodation is in the Sierra or in any of the picturesque villages of La Rioja. Walking through them both during the day and at night has a special charm.
3. Full Saturday in La Rioja
On Saturday we suggest you get up early, at least, a little early to make the most of the day and visit spectacular areas of La Rioja.
If you like the mountains, we recommend you to start the morning by climbing the San Lorenzo Peakthe roof of La Rioja. To do this you must go to Ezcaray and you have two options to start the route from the car park of the ski resort, or from the car park of the pass of Las Tres Fuentes. With the latter option the route is 4.5km.
After the "walk" the village of Ezcaray is a must-see. Undoubtedly, one of the most charming villages in La Rioja.
You can also take the opportunity to visit Santo Domingo de la Calzada where the hen sang after roasting (if you visit its cathedral you will know why).
La Botanica Mix Bar is a good place to have a drink or order a dessert to take away.
Santo Domingo is a village through which the The Way of St. James one of the busiest pilgrimage routes in the world with tens of thousands of pilgrims every year.
If your accommodation is far from Ezcaray and its San Lorenzo peak, don't worry, you can choose any other area to stay in. a walk through Nature, Ask your host and they will give you all the information you need.
3.1. Sport and adventure in La Rioja for the more adventurous
If you are one of those who like the adventure from La Rioja Premium we have several options that you will love.
How about a quad biking, kayaking or a game of paintball?
From Ojasport will design a tailor-made activity based on your preferences and number of people.
Have you ever thought about making a balloon flight?
Your weekend in La Rioja can be unforgettable if you enjoy a balloon flight and become passengers of the wind. From Rainbow Balloons offer a complete experience that leaves no one indifferent.
3.2. Eating out in La Rioja and plan for Saturday afternoon
It's time to eat and enjoy the exquisite riojan gastronomy in one of its restaurants.
Use again our search engine and choose from the best restaurants in the area.
With the energy recharged after a good meal, it's time to continue discovering this magical land by visiting and into the world of wine.
Of the more than 600 wineries that form part of the Rioja designation of origin, La Rioja Premium offers you a selection that will more than meet your expectations.
Choose from our winemaker hosts (book in advance), and use the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the area at your leisure.
For dine you have two options:
1. Enjoy the pinchos area closest to you with places such as Meraki in Nájera.
4. "Sundaying" a weekend in La Rioja
La Rioja has a rich heritage which by this point in the visit you will have already seen for yourself.
To learn more about the history of our land we encourage you to visit some of their most spectacular medieval monasteries.
Of particular importance are the monasteries of Suso and Yuso in San Millán de la Cogolla, the cradle of Castilian and Basque; the monastery of Santa Maria la Real in Nájera, cradle of Kings; or the monastery of Nuestra Señora de ValvaneraPatron Saint of La Rioja, located in the mountains of Anguiano.
Sunday morning can be the ideal time to visit any of them.
Afterwards you can either have lunch or visit after lunch one of the these villages of La Rioja Alta where the rural tourism makes perfect sense, thus closing a complete weekend in La Rioja.
We hope you will take home a a good taste in the mouth (never better said) of your weekend in La Rioja and that you come back soon to continue getting to know this region of Spain that hides so many surprises in its villages, streets, coves, landscapes and mountains.
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