Located in the north of the Iberian Peninsula is the province and autonomous community of La Rioja in Spain. Along with the capital Logroño, La Rioja is composed of cities and towns including Calahorra, Arnedo, Alfaro, Haro, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, and Najera. La Rioja borders the Basque Country to the north, Navarre to the northeast, Aragon to the southeast, and Castilla y Leon to the west and south. The region also covers part of the Ebro valley to the north and the Iberian Range to the south. La Rioja is most known for its wines, which are sold under the brand Denominacion de Origen Calificada Rioja. The region experiences a continental climate.
What to see & do
As Spain’s wine-making region, those visiting here must try the red wines in La Rioja, particularly those made with tempranillo grape. Tourists can arrange for wine tours in La Rioja, where one can learn the culture of wine in the region. The hill town of Haro is one of the major wine towns in La Rioja, being home to a number of world renowned bodegas or wineries. The centre of the trade in Rioja wine is in the capital, Logroño. It is also known for being the shopping capital of La Rioja, as well as for its culinary tradition which is one of the most distinguished in Spain. Logroño has more than 50 tapas restaurants or taperias that are situated within a four-block area, near the town centre. The taperias serve their tapas with a glass of wine. Logroño is also home to a number of historical and cultural sites such as the Concatedral de Santa Maria de la Redonda, Iglesia de San Bartolome, Iglesia de Santiago, Iglesia de Palacio, Museo de La Rioja, Muralla del Revellin, the old tabacalera factory of Parlamento de La Rioja, Fuente de la Gran Via, the massive rock formation of Peña Bajenza, and the Bridge of Mantible in the El Cortijo district. Plazas and parks can also be found in Logroño, including Paseo del Principe de Vergara, the Town Square, Carmen Park, Plaza del Mercado, Parque del Ebro, Parque de la Ribero, and Parque de San Miguel. Outside of Logroño, other points of interest within La Rioja also include the Monastery of Santa Maria la Real of Najera, Catedral de Santo Domingo de la Calzada, and Iglesia de Santo Tomas.
How to get around within La Rioja
City buses in La Rioja connect the major towns and cities, reaching most of the common destinations within the region. Within Logroño, most places can be reached in less than 30 minutes of walking. The city also has a system of dedicated bike lanes.
How to get there
The main airport that serves the autonomous city of La Rioja in Spain is the Logroño-Agoncillo Airport, located in the region’s capital, Logroño, near Recajo village in the Agoncillo municipal term. Only one airline operates here, Iberia operated by Air Nostrum, which has flights to and from Madrid. La Rioja can also be accessed via rail from Madrid, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Valladolid, Oviedo, Bilbao, La Coruña, and Vigo, through the Castejon-Miranda line that cross the region from east to west. The main railway station is in Logroño. By road, La Rioja can be accessed from the neighbouring regions via the AP-68.