Canyon of the Leza River

8 viewpoints in La Rioja to discover its most stunning landscapes

The viewpoints in La Rioja stand out as one of the most important main attractions of this region, its landscape. The landscape of La Rioja is not only rich in beauty, but also in diversity.

You can enjoy the vineyard landscape in the area of La Rioja Alta, where this crop is the undisputed king and fills an already unique terrain with colour and shapes.

You can also enjoy the rocks with a thousand and one shapes in La Rioja Baja together with the reddish colours and the typical landscape of that area.

And of course, living nature. Mountains, forests and rivers that bathe our sierras, and especially the Sierra de Cameros, where time seems to have stood still.

And between landscape and landscape, villages steeped in historyand good gastronomy.

1. Fortress castle of San Vicente de la Sonsierra

San Vicente de la Sonsierra

San Vicente de la Sonsierra is a village in the Rioja region of La Rioja with the title of Villa Divisera for its strategic location.

Your views of the landscape of the Rioja vineyards, of the course of the Ebro River and from the Sonsierra leave no one indifferent.

In addition, St. Vincent has a extensive historical heritage and cultural which spans different periods and is in a good state of preservation.

San Vicente de la Sonsierra a village perched on a viewpoint

From afar San Vicente can be seen imposing on the top of its hill and to reach it it is necessary to climb a good slope on little terrain. This gives you a hint that the views will be worth it.

Once in the village, any corner can become your favourite viewpoint. Views of the vineyardsThe Sonsierraviews of the medieval bridgeviews of the village of Briones... wherever you look the landscape is assured.

However, the best panoramic views, and also the most special, are to be found by climbing up to the monumental complex located in the old walled enclosure of the town, which includes Castle, Church of Santa María la Mayor y Vera Cruz Chapel headquarters of the Confraternity of Santa Vera-Cruz of the Disciplinantes, organiser of the penance of public self-flagellation known as los Picaos.

The castle is a medieval military fortress built in the XIIth century by the kingdom of Navarre for the defence of its southern border with Castile, in the Ebro valley. It is possible to climb to the top to enjoy the views.

Cuzcurrita de Río Tirón
Gimileo

2. The Río Leza Canyon in the Biosphere Reserve

Walking through the local road LR-250 from Logroño and leaving behind the towns of Villamediana de Iregua, Ribafrecha and Leza de Río Leza, we enter into the canyon environment.

The road increasingly draws tighter curves and there are several points that offer spectacular views, but it is not until we are a few kilometres from Soto en Cameros that we reach our destination, The viewpoint of the Cañón de Río Leza.

The Canyon and its breathtaking views

This viewpoint offers breathtaking views of the river Leza with vertical walls of up to 200 metres.

If you are one of those who enjoy good views and let yourself be amazed by the grandeur of our land, at the viewpoint you will find places where you can contemplate without haste. the force of nature represented in this spectacular canyon.

We are in the region known as Camero Viejo.

3. Hermitage of San Felices de Bilibio in Haro

Haro Capital of Rioja enjoys great international fame for the quality of its wines and its Barrio de la Estación, the largest concentration of century-old wineries in the world.

What not everyone knows these corners from which you can enjoy the best views of the city and its surroundings.

Without leaving Haro, just a few minutes away from La HerraduraHaro's tapas area par excellence, you will find the viewpoint of La Atalaya.

From this viewpoint you can see the entire Station District together with the banks of the river Tirón and the river Ebro.

Just a few metres from the viewpoint you can walk to the St Thomas Parish Churchwhere, just behind it, there is a another viewpoint that shows the landscape on the other side.

Both viewpoints are definitely worth a visit.

Viewpoint of the Hermitage of San Felices

It is known worldwide The Battle of the Wine which takes place in the early morning of 29 June in Haro, more specifically, on the Bilibio cliffs, in the Hermitage of San Felices.

This site is located 6km from HaroThe access is by a fairytale road.

In the lower part there is a multitude of shaded picnic tables and enjoy a meal or a good chat. However, it is at the top of the cliffs that the Hermitage and the image of San Felices which is visible from afar.

Stairs to the top every nook and cranny is a place to pause and observe. The Conchas de Haro, the quarry, the vineyards, the mountain... until you reach the Hermitage.

From the Hermitage there is still one last push up some metal stairs to enjoy the views from where San Felices with his book contemplates the landscape.

After the delight you can start the descent down the ramp, instead of the stairs, making the walk a small circular route.

4. Village of Cellorigo over the Obarenes Mountains

Cellorigo

A 782 metres altitude is the village of Cellorigo, the pulpit of La Rioja, with only 10 inhabitants.

Your strategic location made there would be a castle of which there are references to around the 10th century, but of which not even the ruins exist today.

From this picturesque village we are interested in their magnificent viewsIt is also the starting point for various hiking routes.

About 500 metres before you reach Cellorigo on the main road you can visit the ruins of the hermitage of Santa María del Barrio.

Temple Romanesque built in the 12th century which underwent a total renovation around the 18th century, taking advantage of the straight chancel of the original sanctuary.

Cellorigo, the pulpit of La Rioja

Once in the village the views are spectacular and a good part of the villages of La Rioja Alta can be seen.

Walking through Cellorigo, you can reach the highest part of the town, where you will find the church of San Millán together with an explanatory panel.

Also, if you like the hiking from Cellorigo are born different routes that take you into the mountains and allow you to cross the border to Burgos between trails.

5. Viewpoint Puerta de Cameros in Islallana

The entrance to Camero Nuevo from the National N-111 offers us the possibility of enjoying the viewpoint. Puerta de Cameros in the village of Islallana.

Barely 15 minutes from Logroño is this village of 120 inhabitants surrounded by huge rocks that captivate you with their irregular yet harmonious shapes.

Puerta de Cameros

Inaugurated in 2017 with the firm intention of offering a place from which to view the two rocks symbolising the entrance to Camero Nuevoas well as its rocky and green surroundings.

The viewpoint is located about 700m from the square of Islallana and is easily accessible.

This enclave also offers a fantastic view over the Iregua Valley.

6. Viewpoint of Villaverde

Villaverde is a village of 55 inhabitants close to the famous San Millán de la Cogolla.

It is 50km from the capital of La Rioja.

A viewpoint overlooking the Najerilla Valley

From the Villaverde viewpoint, you can enjoy the best views over the Najerilla Valley throughout La Rioja.

An enclave that will surprise you with the beauty of the landscape.

7. Viewpoint on the Pilgrims' Route to Santiago de Compostela in Grañón

Grañón is a village marked by the passing of the The Way of St. James which every year welcomes thousands of pilgrims through its streets.

The people welcome you with a mural with road motifsand soon you come across the Church of San Juan Bautista.

Views of the Camino de Santiago

If you continue to cross the village along the main street you will reach a fantastic viewpoint which shows the pilgrims the way they are going to travel in order to leaving the lands of La Rioja 2km further on and into the province of Burgos.

8. Gimileo Viewpoint: The Ebro and the railway tracks

Gimileo is located just 4km from Haro and hides this charming viewpoint overlooking the Ebro and its entire landscape.

Running parallel to the Ebro are the RAILWAY TRACKS creating a unique and historic scene. You can imagine yourself travelling along this train route in the 1950s and imagining what it was like to travel by train in the 1950s. the landscape and life in this region at that time.

El Mirador has a couple of picnic tables.

So far this list with 8 viewpoints in La Rioja where you can enjoy the landscape.

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