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Pirineos PUNTO BIKE invites you to these exceptional bike stages between the wine yards and mountains. You will cycle along the roads of La Rioja, Soria, Burgos, Alava, and Navarra. This tour is combining stages through the interior of La Rioja with stages through the Sierras that surround it. The sporting activity is complemented with gastronomic experiences and visits to wineries. In this luxurious self-guided tour, you will pedal on your own and Pirineos PUNTO BIKE will make sure that your luggage is waiting for you at your hotel by the time you finalize the stage.
You will stay at Hotel FG Logrono on the first, second, and eighth night. Depending on availability, you will have the third night stay at Posada Real La Almazuela or Casa Rural La Costanilla. On the fourth and fifth night, you will stay at Hotel Palacio Azcarate or Hotel Echaurren. Lastly, Hotel Ciudad de Haro or Hotel Arrope will accommodate you on the sixth and seventh night.
Hotel FG Logrono is located on the banks of the Ebro just at the point where your route enters the city for your stay in Logroño. In addition to its unbeatable location, their quality is unquestionable: a four-star service camouflaged in one of three. To the usual services of the hotel, you will also have free access to the relaxation zone of the hotel, which consists of a Jacuzzi, sauna, and gym.
Posada Real La Almazuela is located in a large mansion with more than two centuries of history, rehabilitated with the materials of the Sierra de Cameros: stone and wood. It is a category of four stars, located in Montenegro de Cameros, in the limits between the province of Soria and La Rioja.
Casa Rural La Costanilla has three recently inaugurated house in 2004 - 2006, with capacity up to 19 people. They have all services so they make your stay into the best rests without giving up much to the enjoyment of nature surrounding the town itself as all activities that can be done.
Hotel Palacio Azcarate in Ezcaray, La Rioja, grounds include gardens which conserve the traditional image of the area by retaining the flora native to the area. In an annex to the main building, there is an ancient cedar tree whose remarkable features are its size, approximately 28 meters high, and its sculptural beauty. The other garden, found in the area of a second annex where the cafeteria and the suite are located, covers a beautiful area where a characteristic species, whose popular name is “the lovers tree“, has been conserved.
Hotel Echaurren is a centenary family establishment that has passed from parents to children. Nowadays managed by the fifth generation. The hotel offers you all the necessary information so you can enjoy without any concerns of the cultural and oenology heritage. Surprise yourself by the land with a wine name!
Hotel Arrope is the perfect option to enjoy Haro and its surroundings. Since its recent opening, it has 21 double rooms with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. In the design of the hotel, Hotel Arrope have paid special attention to the accessibility for all types of guests. Four rooms have been specifically equipped for the disabled and the bathrooms in the common areas are also accessible.
If you arrive soon to Logroño and want to pedal a few kilometers, you will be given a track to go around the city. This first night, dinner is not included in the pack as you will see for yourselves that would mean stealing the experience of traveling along Laurel Street and its surroundings and choosing between the overflowing selections of tapas.
Before leaving in search of the Sierras that you will visit in the coming days, you will make a stage combining the banks of the Ebro, through which you will reach Elciego and Laguardia, with the slopes of the Sierra de Cantabria, through which you will pedal to the medieval village fortified of Labraza.
In the afternoon, you will have an initiation day among vineyards. You will visit the Franco-Españolas Wineries in Logroño, an institution among the Riojanas wineries. There, you will acquire the necessary knowledge to face the gastronomic experience that will be waiting for you at the Tondeluna Restaurant.
You will go to La Sierra. In this second stage on the bicycle, you go directly towards the south. You leave the cozy vineyards and enter the overwhelming Cañon del Río Leza in the Sierra de Cameros. You will cross all the "... of Cameros" existing, villas of mountain with the memory of its past emerging between its streets and its stones, until coming to the Sierra de Cebollera and to Montenegro de Cameros, a recondite village of the province of Soria that welcomes you in his Almazuela, a four-star Posada Real where the wines of the Duero will compete with the Riojas during the dinner. It will undoubtedly be one of the most emblematic nights of the route.
In this third stage, you will link the Sierras de Cameros and La Demanda. After ascending one of the highest points of the route, the 1,563 meters of the Las Viniegras Mountain pass, you descend through the narrow ravines of the Najerilla River on its way to the north looking for the Ebro. You still do not have to get to it, so you turn to San Millán de la Cogolla in search of the Monasteries of Suso and Yuso, a World Heritage, and continue bypassing the Sierra de La Demanda until you integrate into it when reaching Ezcaray. Depending on availability, you will stay at the Hotel Echaurren or at the Palacio Azcarate Hotel, two establishments well prepared to receive cyclists.
Today is a high mountain day. The proposal is to promote the "myth" of the Sierra, La Cruz de la Demanda, which at 1,855 meters constitutes the highest point of the route. Later, since it is not so much either, you propose to ascend to Bonicaparra, his little brother, a pleasant ascent immersed in an almost constant beech forest.
It will give time to finish the stage by noon and be ready to face the gastronomic experience of the day in the form of Tradition Echaurren, a menu proposed for cyclists by a Riojano cyclist, chef Francis Paniego. One of the options of this day is to replace the Echaurren Tradición with El Portal del Echaurren, which with its two Michelin stars constitutes one of the greatest exponents of La Rioja and national gastronomy. You are free to explore numerous culinary options offered by Ezcaray on your own for dinner.
After ascending the Pradilla Mountain pass and already in Pradoluengo, you will definitely separate from the Sierra de La Demanda and enter the Riojilla Burgalesa. Cycling from south to north, you cross through flat fields of crops until you get up the slopes of the Montes Obarenes and reach Cellorigo, the well-known "Púlpito de La Rioja". Afterward, you will make a mandatory stop in Sajazarra and its castle and again among vineyards, almost exclusive of Muga Wineries, then you will go to your final stage in Haro, the Capital of Rioja.
From the Capital of Rioja, you made a circular route in the basin of the Ebro. You will link the lands of the Rioja Alta with those of the Rioja Alavesa starting a day imminently wine in which you will constantly alternate villages, vineyards, and the Ebro. You will complete all this in the afternoon with a visit to one of the Bodegas of the essential Barrio de la Estación of Haro.
You will end the day moving to the nearby town of Casalareina, where in addition to the villa itself, you will know the essential cuisine of "La Vieja Bodega" or the one of "La Cueva de Doña Isabela". The decision to be made depending on the availability of reservations.
In your last stage, you will alternate radically different environments. You will ascend among the vineyards to the Sierra de Cantabria, entering through the port of Rivas de Tereso to La Montaña Alavesa and its forests. Always cycling along its Northern slope, you will arrive in Navarre wherein the historic Villa de Viana, you will coincide with the Pilgrims of the Camino de Santiago who will accompany you to Logroño. You are already in familiar territory and with enough knowledge to decide for yourself whether to dine alternating tapas in the bars of the old town or in one of the gastronomic sanctuaries of the city.
You will have free morning to organize the return. After breakfast, the contracted service ends.
During the tour, you will have a visit to the Bodegas Franco-Españolas, one of the great wineries in La Rioja. With almost 125 years of history, it is still a reference when talking about the world of winemaking. Its privileged location, on the banks of the Ebro River, allows you to reach it without the need of a vehicle, simply on a pleasant walk across the Puente de Hierro from the old quarter of the city. During the visit, you will visit a winery founded in 1890, thanks to the golden age that Rioja experienced in the 19th century, when the French, whose vineyards were agonizing under the attack of the phylloxera plague, came to the region in search of replacement vineyards. This approximately 90-minute activity includes a guided visit and wine tasting with three different wines and appetizer. The possible languages for the visit are English, Spanish, or French. Besides, you will also visit one of the most important wineries of the internationally known "Barrio de La Estación" of Haro.
This bike tour links your accommodations which are located in Logroño, Montenegro de Cameros, Ezcaray, and Haro in Spain.
You will be served eight buffet breakfasts and six lunches or dinners, three of them are in "Gastronomic Experience" format and three are in the restaurants of the hotels. The first and last day, both in Logroño, the dinners are not included to give you the freedom to choose between the wide culinary offer existing in the city. However, if preferred, it can be included as an option. Rioja or Duero Designation-origin wines during meals (Crianzas or Reservas) are also included.
During your tour, you will have a gastronomic experience at Tondeluna. For the arrival to Logroño, you will have 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 menu with the name of one of the great bike tours of La Rioja; Fuentes del Vino. And since you also come cycling, this same menu will also be used to introduce you to some of the secrets of modern Riojan gastronomy. Besides, you will also have other gastronomic experiences at Echaurren Tradición and La Vieja Bodega or La Cueva De Doña Isabela. There is an option to replace the gastronomic experience in the Echaurren Tradición Restaurant for similar in El Portal Del Echaurren (two Michelin stars).
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