5 Days Picturesque Cycling Tour in La Rioja, Spain

Breathtaking Cycling Holiday in Spain

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!

Key information

  • Trip type : Guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Mountainous, paved, and mostly flat
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime,31-45 miles per day) and Challenging (Cyclist needs to have high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs/or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Bike type: Road bike
  • E-bike: E-bike is available. Please send Pirineos PUNTO BIKE an inquiry for more information.

Highlights

  • A bike tour in Ezcaray
  • Explore Logrono on a bike
  • Local gastronomical experience
  • Enjoy the Gomez Cruzado experience
  • A visit to Bodegas Franco-Espanolas and Bodegas Faustino
  • Visit Vivanco Dinastia Museum and Bodegas Ramon Bilbao
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and drinks
  • 4 nights' of accommodation

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Accommodation

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.

Program

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.

The stage, day by day

Arrival day

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.

Stage days

  • Every day that may exist between the zero-day and the last day is considered stage-day.
  • Breakfast. The time depends on the season of the year in which you find yourselves.
  • This is the beginning of the chosen route, taking a criterion of stops according to expectations and pace of the group.
  • If you have chosen format one or two, a few kilometers before the end of the route, you will have lunch, and a visit to a winery or other point of interest. If you have chosen format three, this visit will be annulled, taking into the account of the necessary time demanded by the route.
  • End of the stage, shower in the hotel
  • Free time in the afternoon
  • Dinner, timetable agreed with the group
  • Briefing of the cycling programme
  • If you are combining Pirineos PUNTO BIKE's the day of transfer from one point to another, it will be similar to one normal stage-day but conducting the stage online.

Last day

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 activities, sport and non-sport

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.

Definition of formats

Format 1 - Villages and vineyards

  • These tours combine cycling with culture, history, and nature.
  • The sporty character of the route is not the main attraction but is a measured combination of elements that make this category of travel perfect for those who are looking for an experience that captures the country, along with its countryside.
  • This format is flexible and allows you to make decisions, whether you prefer a lighter ride and focus more on cultural aspects of the region than on sports.
  • The cycling routes are between 40 and 60 kilometers.
  • These tours do not include major mountain passes but instead offer delightful medium to easy country roads.
  • You will take it easy, no rush here. Pirineos PUNTO BIKE will make several meaningful stops and make visits to relevant points of the route, monuments, historical centers, etc. You will pop off your cycling shoes and really get a chance to visit sites.
  • Every day ends with experiences off your bikes, including activities such as wine-tasting, museum visits, or visits to historic villages and towns.

Format 2 - Vilages, vineyards, and mountain passes

  • This second travel format combines visits to places of historical and cultural interest, yet is clearly centered on cycling the region; essentially mountain passes.
  • The stages are between 70 and 100 kilometers and an unevenness of between 1,000 and 2,000 meters.
  • The speed of the group is something that depends entirely on the challenge and goals of the group.
  • The same philosophy of offering flexibility applies to cultural stops in relevant monuments, or other points along in the route. The refreshment stops are usually chosen for their cultural points of interest, so that you get as many "wow moments" into the route.
  • When you finish the route, the program includes follow-up activities like wine-tasting, or visits to museums, and interesting villages and towns.

Format 3 - Cycle tourism plus

  • This format offers an entirely sporty profile with cultural touring only after the cycling has concluded for the day.
  • The cycling stages are between 110 and 180 kilometers and an unevenness of between 2,000 and 3,000 meters.
  • You adapt the tour to the volume of your kilometers that you are looking to reach. This is particularily interesting for clubs and teams that are looking for a certain volume of kilometers by the end of the tour. For example, the group can decide if prefers to prefers stages of 120 kms per day or closer to 180 kms.
  • The speed of the group is something that depends entirely on the challenge and goals of the group.
  • Given the physically demanding character of the stages, and as a consequence, the added fatigue, the events preceding cycling, like wine-tasting, historical tours, are optional. You will be given the opportunity to make those decisions as a group.

Routes choices

Ezcaray

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.

Format 1 routes

  • Route 1: Peregrinos - Route 47 kilometers / Slope 390 meters
  • Route 2: Monasterios - Route 68 kilometers / Descent 740 meters
  • Route 3: Aldeas De Oja - Route 58 kilometers / Elevation 665 meters
  • Route 4: Tour Santa Domingo - Route 58 kilometers / Elevation 500 meters
  • Route 5: Bonicaparra - Route 50 kilometers / Altitude 850 meters
  • Route 6: Dos Provincias - Route 51 kilometers / Elevation 940 meters

Format 2 routes

  • Route 1: Monasterios - Tour Santo Domingo - Route 98 kilometers / 1250 meters gradient
  • Route 2: Riojilla Burgalesa - Route 78 kilometers / Elevation 830 meters
  • Route 3: Tres Cimas Cruz De La Demanda- Route 77 kilometers / Elevation 1700 meters
  • Route 4: Ezcaray 4 Cimas Extrem - Route 105 kilometers / Elevation 2500 meters
  • Route 5: Davalillo - Route 98 kilometers / Descent level 1000 meters
  • Route 6: Riojila Bonicaparra - Route 96 kilometers / Elevation 1280 meters

Format 3 routes

  • Route 1: Ebro - Riojilla Burgalesa - Route 133 kilometers / Elevation 1500 meters
  • Route 2: Vinedos de Herrera - Route 150 kilometers / Elevation 1800 meters
  • Route 3: Tour de la Demanda - Route 172 kilometers / Elevation 2250 meters
  • Route 4: Atapuerca - Route 143 kilometers / Elevation 1650 meters
  • Route 5: Ebro y Sierra - Route 179 kilometers / Height difference 2400 meters
  • Route 6: Ezcaray 5 Cimas Extrem - Route 124 kilometers / Elevation 3000 meters

Logrono

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.

  • Route 1: El Leon Dormido - Route 62 kilometers / Unevenness 1100 meters
  • Route 2: Laguardia-Ebro - Route 54 kilometers / Unevenness 800 meters
  • Route 3: Tour de Mantilbe - Route 61 kilometers / Unevenness 1000 meters
  • Route 4: Tocando Navarra - Route 57 kilometers / Unevenness 1020 meters
  • Route 5: Rioja Norte - Route 54 kilometers / Unevenness 1000 meters

Logrono format 2 routes

  • Route 1: Navarra Codes - Route 70 kilometers / Unevenness 1140 meters
  • Route 2: Buscando a Los Pasajeros - Route 85 kilometers / Unevenness 1500 meters
  • Route 3: La Estrella - Route 98 kilometers / Unevenness 1540 meters
  • Route 4: Moncalvillo Plus - Route 92 kilometers / Unevenness 2000 meters
  • Route 5: Riberia - Route 107 kilometers / Unevenness 1230 meters
  • Route 6: Historico Del Ebro - Route 103 kilometers / Unevenness 1470 meters
  • Route 7: Directa San Millan - Route 113 kilometers / Unevenness 1500 meters

Logrono format 3 routes

  • Route 1: La Estrella Plus - Tour 161 kilometers / Unevenness 2620 meters
  • Route 2: Riberia Plus - Recorrido 147 kilometers / Unevenness 1350 meters
  • Route 3: Los Dos Cameros - Travel 163 kilometers / Unevenness 2600 meters

Included excursions

Ezcaray non-sport activities

Vivanco Dinastia Museum

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.

Bodegas Ramon Bilbao

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).

Gomez Cruzado 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.

Logrono non-sport activities

Bodegas Franco-Espanolas

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.

Bodegas Faustino

You will have a guided visit to Bodegas Faustino in Oion and a guided tasting with two wines and appetizer.

Location

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

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

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.

Food

Hotel Echaurren gastronomic proposals

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.

Hotel FG Logrono gastronomic proposals

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Accompanying cycling tour guide when the number of participants exceeds seven cyclists
  • On route refreshments stations (both sports foods and drinks as well as traditional foods and drinks)
  • Travel and sport insurance
  • Entrances to wineries, museums or any other type of tourist visit which has been agreed for the stage
  • Briefing and multimedia presentation of the cycling programme
  • Crianzas or reservas, selection made by the hoteliers from each establishment
  • Support vehicle with a function of guide and luggage transportation
  • 4 buffet breakfasts
  • 1 tapas dinner in Gastro Bar Echaurren
  • 1 lunch or dinner at restaurant Echaurren Tradicion (traditional tasting menu paired with two wines
  • 1 Lunch or dinner at restaurant EL PORTAL DEL ECHAURREN - Tasting menu paired with three wines
  • A "strong meal" per day (depending on the particularity of each group it will be made at lunch or dinner)
  • Tondeluna gastronomic experience
  • Drinks (Rioja designation of origin wines during meals)
  • 4 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Any kind of sports material, helmets, shoes, etc.
  • Anything not expressly indicated in the offer
  • Beers or other consumptions outside the proposed menus in the dinners or during the stay in hotels
  • Meals in restaurants at the time of the noon, unless it has been agreed previously to replace dinner with meals

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 31 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
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