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SPAIN TRAVEL GUIDE
La Rioja Hotels / La Rioja Private Tours
La Rioja Travel Guide
Holidays in Rioja and
Logrono Holiday Attractions by Steve Greenwood
La Rioja Hotels / La Rioja Private Tours
La Rioja is a region of northern
Spain and is bordered entirely by the regions of Navarre, Basque Country,
Aragon and Castilla Leon. Its capital is the city of Logrono and other
important cities and towns in the province include Haro, Calahorra, Arnedo
and Alfaro. The region is characteristically dry and arid but also has
a hint of the Mediterranean and some wonderful scenery in the north of
the region with its high mountain ranges.
|History of Rioja
Starting from the 10th century,
the region of Logrono was a constant borderland dispute between the Kings
of Navarre and the Kings of Castilla. The dispute was finally settled in
the late 11th century when Henry I of England awarded it to Castilla. During
the Peninsular War, La Rioja was taken by Napoleonic forces and the region
stayed in French hands until 1814 when Constitutional Cortés declared
La Rioja as an independent province at the time of the Liberal Constitution
of 1812. It wasn't until the death of Francisco Franco that La Rioja was
finally declared the autonomous community of Spain it is today primarily
due to its economic distinction from the surrounding regions.
is the capital city of La Rioja province. The city is the centre of the
trade for Rioja wine, from which the region is most famous for. Logrono
is quite a modern city built as a river port on the River Ebro that flows
through the region. One of the main places of interest will be the Santa
Maria de Palacio, the oldest church in the city.
|It dates from the 11th century
and features a tall, graceful, pyramidal Gothic spire with magnificent
cloisters and Romanesque features inside. Pilgrims on their way to Santiago
de Compostela to visit the tomb of Saint James, traverse the river Ebro
over the city's oldest bridge, the Puente de Piedra.
Haro wine making town
La Rioja is not a destination
for most people who visit Spain, but one thing it does offer is some of
the finest wines in the world. Haro is the main
wine town of Rioja and wine making here dates back to Roman times. Life
in Haro revolves around wine and on the major feast day of 'The battle
of the wine', locals are happy to dowse one another with the stuff.
Many of the wine cellars
near Haro are situated around the station, and there is also the Wine Museum
to visit for those interested in finding out more.
San Millán de la
Just 20km south of Santo
Domingo de la Calzada can be found the town of San Millán de
la Cogolla. The town is named after Saint Emilian who was born in 473.
He was a shepherd who later became a cave hermit living to the ripe old
age of 101. Many miracles have been attributed to him following his death
and his tomb soon became an important place of pilgrimage. The town also
contains a couple of monasteries including the 'Monasterio de Suso' with
fine Visigoth and Mozarabic features, and the 'Monasterio de Yuso' which
contains the first written example of the Castilian language by a monk
in the 10th century when he lapsed into the vernacular whilst writing Latin
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HOTELS IN LA RIOJA, SPAIN
FEATURED HOTELS - LA RIOJA, SPAIN
de Calahorra - La Rioja
This red brick construction
harmoniously contrasts with the fresh water of the river Ebro and the Cidacos
Valley. The dense vegetation of the garden, filled with flowers and palm
trees, is inserted in one of the most important historical and artistic
ensembles of La Rioja. The most representative building of the former Calagurris,
of Roman origin, is the Cathedral. Wide portals, large windows and
blinds adorn a structure with smooth lines which, inside, has a decoration
with a clear Medieval influence. The cooking of La Rioja is based on the
quality of the products of its fertile land, with vegetable stew, 'pochas'
(pinto beans), chops with peppers, and pears or peaches in wine standing
for more hotels in Haro & surrounding areas
FEATURED HOTELS IN LA RIOJA, SPAIN
This modern and comfortable
3 stars hotel is located in the heart of Haro. This charming hotel,
inaugurated in April 2000, is modern in style yet maintains functionality
and comfort in every setting. Every aspect of the decor, down to the finest
detail, has been thoughtfully produced to create a pleasant and relaxing
environment, so that you can enjoy comfort and a well-deserved break during
your stay. Standard double room - standard room with 2 twin beds
/ full bath satellite TV / spacious / air-conditioning - standard room
- standard room with 2 twin beds / full bath satellite TV / spacious /
for more Logrono Hotels
FEATURED HOTELS - LA RIOJA, SPAIN
more hotels in Logrono and surrounding areas
Logroño Hotel, Logroño
The F&G Logroño
hotel is located in Logrono, Spain, known as the capital of the Rioja region.
Famous for its red wine, Rioja has several vineyards, including Haro and
Briones, both within 45 kilometres. A sandstone building with tiled roofing,
the F&G Logroño has an elegant lobby with stone archways.
There is a gym with jetted tub and sauna at the F&G Logroño.
Internet access is available in the lobby. Garage parking is available
on site. The F&G Logroño has a restaurant serving modern European
cooking, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is also
a hotel bar. Room service is available (limited hours). The hotel
has a meeting room with audio-visual equipment. It is also located near
the city's large conference hall.
La Rioja, Logroño
The newly built hotel AC
La Rioja, with its modern appearance and minimalist stylish decor, is located
in the centre of Logrono, the capital of La Rioja. The hotel is opposite
the Congress Palace and near the universities. Guests can dine in the hotel
restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offering traditional
and nouvelle cuisine dishes accompanied by a wine list with over 120 local
and international wines, of course including Rioja. After a busy day, guests
can unwind in the indoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre. The hotel
also offers an array of amenities including 24-hour room service and front
desk, childcare facilities, a concierge and multilingual staff. Business
guests can make use of the business centre and services before relaxing
in the lounge bar with a book from the hotel library and sampling a glass
of local wine.
The Husa Bracos is located
in Logroño, Spain, 100 metres from the city centre, and 200 metres
from Logroño Cathedral. Logroño train station is one kilometre
away. Complimentary newspapers are available in the Husa Bracos lobby
bar, and there is a restaurant on site serving international dishes. High-speed
Internet access is provided throughout the hotel and three meeting rooms
cater to business guests. Further amenities include room service, safe-deposit
boxes, and a 24-hour front desk. Parking is available nearby for a surcharge.
Decorated in warm tones with patterned fabrics and dark wood furnishings,
all the air-conditioned guestrooms have satellite television, high-speed
Internet access, direct-dial phones, and minibars. Bathrooms offer hair
dryers and telephones.
Gran Via, Logrono
The Hotel Husa Gran Via
is a modern property located close to Logroño old town, 400 metres
from the cathedral, and situated in the heart of the Rioja wine route.
The centre of the old town is only 400 metres away and guests can visit
the La Redonda cathedral and the La Rioja Museum. Logroño
Agoncillo Airport is 18 kilometres away with an approximate driving time
of 15 minutes. Business guests can enjoy access to meeting rooms accommodating
up to 150 people for conferences, meetings and banquets. Drinks are served
in the lobby bar and 24-hour room service is available. Guests can benefit
from private onsite parking. This 8 floor hotel features 91 guestrooms
simply decorated in light tones with modern wooden furnishings, striped
wallpaper and linens.
The modern, functional Hotel
Zenit Logroño is set in the Polígono Cantabria business centre
located 1.5 kilometres from Logroño. Nearby attractions include
the Olarra wine cellar which is two kilometres away, and the ancient towers
of Laguardia which are 16 kilometres away. Guests can enjoy continental
breakfasts until 11 AM and light snacks throughout the day in the cafe.
In the evenings, guests can relax in front of the television in the lounge,
check emails using free Internet access or catch up with complimentary
newspapers. Main meals are served in Malvasia, an elegant restaurant
featuring various regional specialities. Guests with cars will find free
parking while business travellers may hire fully equipped conference rooms
which can seat up to 70 delegates. Additionally, wireless Internet covers
all areas of the hotel.
DOMINGO BERNARDO DE FRESNEDA FEATURED HOTELS, LA RIOJA. SPAIN
de Santo Domingo Bernardo de Fresneda
Under the modern cupola
which covers the novices patio, we may find the "Recreo" Restaurant, whose
name refers to the break the monks used to take in that same patio. This
new gastronomical offer is based on La Rioja's wonderful products, which
are prepared in a simple way. The menu abounds with tapas and sampler dishes
for sharing. The décor and the waiters' outfits are in unison with
the restaurant's modern features and the wine list offers the most innovative
products of the region's cellars. The Parador is sited in the Convent
of San Francisco, 800 meters from the historic center of Santo Domingo
de la Calzada. Its location on the "Way of Saint James" pilgrimage route,
its design, and its unmistakable cultural value make it the ideal place
for rural tourism, nature walks, or to enjoy a northern winter at its best.
DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA FEATURED HOTELS, LA RIOJA. SPAIN
de Santo Domingo de la Calzada La Rioja
The Parador occupies a 12th
c. former hospital, next to the cathedral, built by Saint Dominic to give
shelter to the pilgrims on the Road to Santiago. In a regal and elegant
style, it has majestic living rooms and a lobby with Gothic arches and
wooden coffered ceilings. Noble materials and bright colours - blues and
whites - lead to comfortable bedrooms, decorated with exquisite taste;
some have four poster beds. A warm, harmonious and balanced environment,
also suitable for social functions and meetings. In the restaurant it is
possible to sample stuffed 'piquillo' peppers, cod Rioja style and vegetable
stew from La Ribera, in addition to the excellent wines of La Rioja.