Enchanting Rioja And Its Medieval Walled Cities - Unusual Excursions In Rioja

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Enchanting Rioja And Its Medieval Walled Cities - Unusual Excursions In Rioja
Enchanting Rioja And Its Medieval Walled Cities - Unusual Excursions In Rioja
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During the excursion, you will learn the features of the fertile Rioja Valley, the ancient secrets of winemaking and the worldwide success of local wines, touch the history and culture of the region inhabited since the Iron Age, see beautiful monuments of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, as well as avant-garde masterpieces of modern wineries, enjoy delightful landscapes of vineyards, the Ebro River and salty lagoons set against a backdrop of majestic mountain ranges, and discover excellent Riojan cuisine accompanied by DOC Rioja wines. Individual excursion for 1-4 people Duration 5 hours Children Allowed with children How it goes By car Rating 5 on 3 reviews € 250 per excursion Price for 1-4 people, regardless of the number of participants

And if you are lucky enough to come during one of the many Rioja festivals, you will be mesmerized by the original local traditions and colorful folklore, bright colors, fun and the atmosphere of a real Spanish fiesta.

The Rioja Cultural Landscape and the Santiago Way through the Rioja Valley are nominated for UNESCO sites. Rioja is a mesmerizing symbiosis of a hilly landscape, completely planted with vineyards, ancient villages, as if frozen in time, and modern architecture of the 21st century. A region where tradition and cutting edge technology create one of the most famous wines in the world.

Program

  • Just half an hour drive from Vitoria - and you will find yourself in a grape paradise, bathed in the sun!
  • We will cross the Sierra Cantabria, which separates the Basque Country from Rioja Alavesa, through the gateway to Rioja - the famous Conchas de Aro, a rocky gorge where the Ebro River made its way. At the very top of one of the rocks that form the gorge, the ancient chapel of San Felises flaunts - this place was chosen by the Spaniards themselves as "the best corner of Spain 2014" according to the Repsol rating.
  • Labastida The first fortress town on our way - Labastida, whose name speaks for itself - in the old days it was an impregnable military bastion on the border of two kingdoms. The historic center of Labastida has been declared a Protected Historical and Artistic Complex. The Romanesque Basilica of Santo Cristo dominates the city on a high hill. We will take a walk through the old districts of the town - Olmo and Mota, go down to the Renaissance and Baroque parts of the city, from the Larrazurria Arch we will walk along the main street, we will see the house where Napoleon stayed, we will go to the main square of the city, Plaza de la Paz, famous for one of the Guinness records, where we will see the building of the City Hall and the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion - a national architectural monument, the grandeur of which is striking and contrasts with the size of the town itself. It houses the largest organ in the Basque Country - a participant in the summer organ festival. We finish our walk in Labastide with a tasting of local pintxos with a glass of Rioja in one of the bars on the main street of the city.
  • Laguardia A short drive along a picturesque road among the vineyards, during which you can see the dolmens of the Neolithic era, and we are in Laguardia - the wine-making capital of Rioja Alavesa. This fortified hilltop walled city was once a guard city on the border of the Kingdom of Navarre, which is reflected in its name. The city can be accessed through one of the many gates in the ancient fortress walls that surround the settlement. A walk through the narrow streets of the city will take you into a medieval fairy tale.On the way, we will see old houses with reliefs of family coats of arms, some of which are about 800 years old! On the main square, Plaza Mayor, you will see two city hall buildings at once - the old 16th century. and the new 19th century, which is famous for its musical clock with dancing figures in national costumes. The entire underground of the city is dug with wine cellar tunnels, one of which you can look into. We will go to the Church of Santa Maria de los Reyes, which hides a real masterpiece of late Gothic - a grandiose portal with polychrome paintings from the 17th century. Climb up the Torre Abacial for stunning views of the Rioja Valley with a patchwork quilt of vineyards framed by the majestic mountains of the Sierra Cantabria. Next, we will walk along the main street, where the bull races take place in the summer on the holiday of San Juan and go to another wonderful church in the city of San Juan, the bell tower with loopholes and battlements of which serve as mute witnesses of the city's former military glory.
  • Finish your tour with lunch at one of the finest restaurants in Laguardia, where you can sample traditional Riohan cuisine paired with fine local wine.

Organizational details

  • The cost of the excursion includes: visiting the places indicated in the program, transfer according to the program (from Vitoria and back).
  • The cost of entrance tickets to bodegas (from 7 to 12 euros, including tasting of 2 types of wine), food and drinks are paid separately.
  • The duration of the excursion includes time for lunch and transfer from Vitoria and back.
  • Specify the cost of a transfer from other cities in addition.

Venue

Tour starts at your hotel in Vitoria-Gasteiz or Rioja. You will find out the exact meeting point immediately after booking.

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