Are you tired of your daily mundane life? Had enough of the busy life that stresses you out? This cycling holiday can be the answer to your problems! Experience the best cycling adventure in La Rioja, the wine region of Spain, with the tranquility of being in the hands of local guides. Enjoy the mountains, vineyards, quiet roads, the Ebro basin, traditional and designer wineries, the gastronomy, medieval monuments, and much more!
You will stay at Hotel Echaurren in Ezcaray. The building is a family and centenary establishment that has passed from parents to children. It is currently managed by the fifth generation of the family. Meanwhile, in Lorogno you will stay in Hotel FG Lorogno, a three-star hotel that combines modernity, tradition and a taste for authenticity. Ideal for business trips, banquets and incentives thanks to its proximity to the Palacio de Congresos, it is full of comfort and offers an enviable quality-price ratio.
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 historic center of the village already constitutes a set of popular architecture that justifies its visit, with the constant architectural memory of its textile tradition, its different types of construction by neighborhoods and its arcades designed to maintain life on the street during the rigors of winter.
To the sports potential of the cycle routes that proposed taking the city as a starting point, you must add the large number of gastronomic, enotouristic, and extra-sports proposals available. Simple walks, which will go a long way, through the streets of the historical center.
Have a visit to the Dinastia Vivanco Museum. A large space that houses the collections that the Vivanco family has been acquiring for years. 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 where you can discover everything about the history and future of wine.
Visit MIRTO, which included 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 of the landscapes of old vines of Rioja Alta and Alavesa through the wine tasting of the Gómez Cruzado Winery. Guided visit to the winery and tasting in the barrels room of the Gómez Cruzado Blanco, Reserva, Honorable, and Pancrudo wines.
Guided tour and commented tasting at Bodegas Franco-Españolas in Logrono. The commented tasting is made with Rioja Bordón Reserva and Barón D'Anglade Special Reserve wines.
You will have a guided visit to Bodegas Faustino in Oion and a guided tasting with two wines and appetizer.
This tour will take place in La Rioja, Spain. You will tour Ezcaray and Logrono. 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. For the part, those same reasons, added to the excellent hotel service, have made it one of the fundamental bike points. As in the other bike points, the sport's potential of the cycle routes that are proposed taking the town as a starting point, adding a lot of extra-sports proposals.
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.
Logrono is the capital of this province, if you pedal to the north, in two or three kilometers, you already have the feeling of leaving the city, on the south it is a little more complex, a highway around the city, and several national roads are launched in search of the neighboring provinces. You will have to know what to choose and above all, what to avoid. Once it is known, the matter is simplified again. With what has been said, the problems are over, from here everything is advantages and excellence.
The afternoon or evening of arrival, you will make a briefing of the activity and the routes for the next few days accompanied by a first contact with the gastronomy of the place in its version Echaurren e-Tapas. This is dinner of tapas in the Gastro bar Echaurren. You are in one of the "sanctuaries" of the modern gastronomy, Pirineos PUNTO BIKE doesn't forget that the chef / chief, Francis Paniego, accumulates three Michelin stars. In view of this, one of the non-sporting activities of the stage will be to capture the essence of the place. To do this, your stay will include a visit to the kitchen of the restaurant where you will become a chef for a while.
Lunch or dinner for two days of activity in Ezcaray will be distributed between El Portal del Echaurren, usually the first day and Echaurren Tradición, usually for the second day. The traditional tasting menu is paired with two wines. During your idle moments, as well as visits to the surroundings, you can isolate yyourselves in different areas of relaxation that for this purpose the hotel provides. Also here it is mentioned that the inevitable quality of buffet breakfast with which will begin the day.
For the arrival to Logrono, Pirineos PUNTO BIKE has proposed a meeting with the Riojan gastronomy by Luisa Barrachina and the well-known Riojan chef Francis Paniego (three Michelin stars). Tondeluna is a modern, informal, and fun place that has prepared a "Fuentes del Vino" menu to introduce cyclists of the route Fuentes del Vino to some of the secrets of modern Riojan cuisine.
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