Madrid, La Rioja, San Sebastián, Bilbao
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La Rioja is waiting for you!
The new tour we are planning for 2020 is a luxury guided cycling trip around La Rioja, Spain. It is a region full of vineyards, internationally known for its superb wine, that offers a picturesque scenery with some undulating climbs and routes. Charm is on every corner of the small and historic medieval villages, reflecting the tradition and culture of this unique area.
It is also part of the famous Green Spain, which includes the majestic province of the Basque Country. A fascinating area for you to explore by bike.
Get surprised by the great variety of the tastiest tapas and pintxos on your way, passing by renowned wineries (such as Marqués de Riscal) and visiting some historical monuments, such as the Suso and Yuso Monasteries, considered the birthplace of the modern Spanish language.
Surrounded by vineyards and wineries, we cycle across the gentle rolling countryside discovering some of the routes of the ancient pilgrim route St. James Way, or El Camino de Santiago, internationally known, together with some hikers too.
Logroño, the capital of La Rioja, is a small but vibrant city, with a stunning cathedral and of course a lot of tapas bars and excellent restaurants! Seek out the best glass of Rioja wine in one of them.
Spanish Rioja wines date back to the 17th Century, and it was the first Spanish wine region to obtain a Protected Designation of Origin.
Some other little towns in the area are the medieval one of Laguardia, with baroque paintings and an ancient wall. Briones is surrounded by colourful landscapes and Haro is known as “the capital of Rioja wine” with its numerous palaces. Finally the snaking Ebro River, is a delightful area with little traffic.
It will all consist of peaceful cycling along very quiet country lanes and tracks, with a glass of wine awaiting you at every turn!
Bilbao is also very near to the area and you couldn’t miss a visit to this beautiful city to explore its museums and narrow streets in the city’s old town. It is the largest city in northern Spain, and its proud to have one of the most impressive world buildings of modern architecture, as it is the Guggenheim art museum, designed by architect Frank Gehry. There you can also try a glass of txakoli, a slight sparkling white wine produced in the area.
San Sebastián, where we finish the tour, ranks second among the world’s best dining cities and gastronomy in this area is something you shouldn’t miss. It is also famous for its Michelin Star Chefs, something very interesting for food lovers!
Near this region, in the province of Navarra and in Pamplona, the famous annual festival of San Fermín is held, which is the running of the bulls event. You will find a lot of places proud to show how this traditional event is run.
This will truly be a memorable biking and wine journey for sure!
- Encounter enchanting quaint villages in dramatic vineyard areas
- Visit the Suso and Yuso Monasteries, the birthplace of Spanish modern language
- Pass by the famous Camino de Santiago along the way
- Sample the best and rich Rioja Spanish Wines
- Visit ancient churches and medieval towns
- Famous wineries and wine tastings
- Taste the best tapas and pintxos
THE CC ADVANTAGE
We live permanently in Spain, so we are local operators and will provide the best quality service
Enjoy your CC history book in your package
Full van support & Bike Options! Ride this magical area on a performance carbon road bike, a comfortable hybrid or even an Electric assist bike.
This turned into the best vacation we’ve ever had, at any price. They treated us as royalty, immediately corrected problems (which were few), threw in jerseys, bikes that made us happy, inns that were simply marvelous, food to die for, and, tours of historical interest at every turn.John Hymes