Enjoy cycling through Ezcaray and Laguardia! As the first tourist town in La Rioja, Ezcaray offers beautiful nature, landscapes, and villages. As for Laguardia, being accredited as one of the most beautiful villages of Spain, the prehistoric settlements, monuments, and nature will not disappoint cyclists.
On this cycling tour, you will stay at Hotel Iguareña in Ezcaray and Biazteri in Laguardia.
In all stages of La Rioja Punto Bike, the last day is one day more, that is the check-out of this concerted hotel which is at 18:00. By default, all stages of La Rioja Punto Bike are configured with an accompanying road vehicle when the group of cyclists does not exceed seven people. If the group is greater than eight cyclists, a guide on a bike is added. On demand, you can add a second guide.
In all stages of La Rioja Punto Bike, this day is considered a zero-day of the evening in which the group of cyclists arrives at the hotel. Depending on the time of arrival of the group, Pirineos PUNTO BIKE will decide if they'd make a presentation of the activity to develop in the next few days.
In all stages of La Rioja Punto Bike, the check-out is established at 18:00. So, in this last day the only difference in the activity compared with a stage-day, consists in reach a consensus with the group and choose a route with a mileage that leaves a sufficient margin at the end of the day for the displacement that cyclists need to do in order to go back to their places of origin.
The daily activity in the stage varies slightly depending on the format (one, two, or three) that you are talking about. In any of the formats, routes will be determined with the group during the briefing of the day prior to the realization of the activity.
The formats 1 and 2 include non-sports activities. They shall be elected from the available options below and shall be decided prior to the dates of the stage in order to make the reservation.
Have a visit to the Dinastia Vivanco Museum, a large space that houses the collections that the Vivanco family has been acquiring for years. It is one of the largest existing spaces in the world dedicated exclusively to the world of wine. From centuries-old vessels, presses, great works of art (Picasso, Sorolla, Juan Gris, Chillida, Barceló, Genovés, etc.), or audiovisual, you can discover everything about the history and future of wine.
MIRTO visit includes a guided explanation of the history and production processes introductory course to the tasting with the tasting of five Ramón Bilbao wines (Ramón Bilbao Rosado, Ramón Bilbao Viñedos de Altura, Ramón Bilbao Original Reserve 43, Ramón Bilbao Gran Reserva and Mirto de Ramón Bilbao 360º virtual reality experience).
Tour to the landscapes of old vineyards of Rioja Alta and Alavesa through the wine tasting of the Gómez Cruzado Winery. There will be a guided visit to the winery and tasting in the barrels room of the Gómez Cruzado Blanco, Reserva, Honorable, and Pancrudo wines.
The visit to Fabulista Winery consists of a brief history and continues with a pleasant and graphical explanation of the wine, treading the grapes as it was done in the past, go through the calados subterraneos and ends with tasting the wines produced in their own wine cellar.
Visit the flagship of the new Rioja, Bodega Ysios. In an idyllic enclave at the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria, Ysios opens its doors to invite you to discover a winery that surprises and fascinates the guests. It is the only winery in the world designed by Santiago Calatrava which is fully integrated into the landscape in what is described as an ongoing dialogue between the work and nature.
The complex is composed of the old winery of Marqués de Riscal (1858), one of the oldest in Rioja, as well as a new building designed by the Canadian architect, Frank O. Gehry. You will have a visit to winery and tasting of Marqués de Riscal Verdejo (Rueda P.D.O.) and Marqués de Riscal Reserva (D.o.ca. Rioja).
The wine region of La Rioja is a point that's obviously spectacular for the practice of bicycle tourism. Its privileged geographic location halfway between the Atlantic and Mediterranean climate generate a diversity of landscapes difficult to find in such a small space - that speaks of the smallest community in Spain and yet, this is what there is, mountains, vineyards, quiet roads, the Ebro basin, traditional and designer wineries, traditional and modern gastronomy, medieval monuments, monumental villas full of culture and history, and much more to see and discover.
Ezcaray's nature, landscapes, and villages turned into the first tourist municipality of La Rioja. The historic center of the town is already by itself a set of popular architecture with the constant memory of architectural and textile tradition, different types of construction, and arcades designed to sustain life in the street during the rigors of the winter.
In the limits of the village the group of "Aldeas del Oja" and the nature of La Sierra de La Demanda stand out without much effort. Further on, in a few kilometers, the whole universe of Rioja opens up, monasteries like San Millán de la Cogolla or Valvanera, innumerable monuments and historical sets that reflect the past from prehistoric times to the days, and coexisting with all this infinite world of wine with its vineyards, its cellars, its tastings. It's endless.
Laguardia is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain that is famous for its gastronomic and wine tourism. Laguardia has prehistoric settlements, such as the village of La Hoya, a dozen of megalithic monuments scattered around the surrounding, and natural protected areas as the wetlands and lagoons of Carravalseca, Carralogroño. The list continues with a compact set of elements within the walls of a medieval town, churches, towers, the Celtiberian pond, and "Los Calaos" (caves under the houses).
And, of course! Everything about the world of wine is available in Laguardia; the thematic center of the wine, Villa Lucia, with its tasting and 4D show, the numerous wineries - traditional ones and authentic betting by architectural modernity - all with the common denominator of modernity in the traditional production of wine of the Rioja Alavesa.