For your next holidays in the Basque Country, how about visiting the stunning region of La Rioja in Spain ? This lovely region offers a striking contrast and so many things to do ! Our KEYWEEK agency recommends you to discover this unique wine-growing region in Spain, only a few hours South of the Basque Coast !
Prepare your holidays to visit La Rioja
Our KEYWEEK team spent a few days in the beautiful region of La Rioja during a Team Building event to explore even more the Basque Country like a local ! It was also the perfect opportunity to look for the best things to do in this area ! Nothing beats a total immersion to recharge your batteries and discover the natural heritage Spain holds ! La Rioja is a autonomous region of Spain located South of the Basque Country and South of the city of Vitoria-Gazteiz. Divided into 3 distinct parts, only La Rioja Alavesa is part of the Basque Country.
Exploring the region of La Rioja while staying at one of our stunning KEYWEEK villas or apartments is possible ! From Biarritz, you can reach Laguardia with a 2-hour drive only ! Trust us, it will be a change of scenery ! The lovely fortified village of Laguardia dates from the 5th century and has kept its incredible medieval historic heritage. It’s therefore definitely worth a visit ! The village is full of bodegas (wine cellars) and typical restaurants where you will be able to taste some of the best pintxos (Basque tapas).
The vineyards and mountains surrounding Laguardia offer a breathtaking view and is very different from the Basque Coast ! The atmosphere in La Rioja is sweet with a milder and drier climate, you will definitely note the difference seeing the landscapes from the French Basque Coast to La Rioja !
Visit La Rioja, a famous wine-making region
Staying in La Rioja region wouldn’t be complete without a visit of one or several wineries ! Whether you are a wine-lover or not, the wine growing process is part of the culture and life in La Rioja. It even has its own Qualified Designation of Origin (DOC in Spanish) ! During your holidays in La Rioja, our KEYWEEK Team recommends you to visit one or two of these following wineries :
- Marqués de Riscal : in the heart of the small fortified village of El Ciego, this winery dating from 1860 is impressive with the forward-looking architecture of its hotel adjacent to the bodega. Created by the Guggenheim Museum’s architect Frank Gehry, the hotel features a futurist and contemporary architecture, a restaurant and even a wine-therapy spa !
- Campo Viejo : founded in 1969, the Campo Viejo winery is one of the first wineries to sell its wine internationally ! Visit its vineyard allows you to get to know the brand and to learn about the art of wine-making, with a wine tasting at the end of course !
Our KEYWEEK Concierges suggest to visit one of these two wineries, however, you should know that there are so many other wineries to visit in La Rioja region ! If you need personalized advice and services (like renting a car for a day for example), please feel free to ask them !
Visit La Rioja : What to Do ?
Whether it is for a day, a weekend or a longer holidays, visiting La Rioja will allow you to dive into an incredible natural and historic heritage. If you are a wine or history love, you should definitely visit the towns of Logroño and Laguardia ! Logroño is located on the well-known Camino de Santiago for those who are interested in the spiritual path or hiking trails. To visit La Rioja differently, you can also do some kayaking on the Ebro river in Logroño (Spain’s largest river !).
For those who like to be surrounded by natural environments in La Rioja region, there are many natural parks and reserves to visit, such as the Natural Park of Sierra Cebollera. Finally, for those who dig history and heritage again, you will be interested to know that two monasteries, Yuso and Suso are listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage.
To take advantage of a personalized holidays in the Basque Country, whether it is in France or Spain, our KEYWEEK Concierges are here for you, every step of the way ! Stay in a quality villa or apartment in the Basque Country and book our services at the best rate to fully enjoy your holidays ! You are only a few clicks away from visiting La Rioja like a local !