La Rioja is an inland region of northern Spain that is bathed by one of our most important rivers: the Ebro. Its orography is almost flat, although it is delimited by two mountain systems: the Cantabria mountain range to the north and different mountain ranges of the Iberian System to the south. The climate of La Rioja is quite dry, with little rainfall and very pleasant temperatures throughout the year, although winters are usually cold and it is possible to have hot days in summer. These features make this region an extraordinary area for the growing and production of its famous wines, which have earned fame and recognition throughout the world. Indeed, this whole region is dotted with small villages with countless wineries, many of which can be visited. Some of them are located in modern buildings that, by themselves, attract numerous tourists who come to visit these avant-garde constructions and enjoy the tourism related to the world of wine.
But in addition to offering excellent wines and delicious gastronomy, La Rioja is a fantastic place for hiking. In fact, there are many trails and paths that cover all corners of this region, offering the hiker interesting routes that combine history, culture and scenery.
This trip has been designed following the same process for making a good wine: without haste, with patience, allowing time to pass and discover the best hiking routes and the most interesting places and wineries to visit. Indeed, after having walked and analyzed many itineraries in depth, at Walking North Spain we have designed and selected 6 different routes to ensure the maximum enjoyment of our clients. To this end, three different places have been selected to stay overnight, not far apart, but that show the different corners of this region. Two different routes begin from each of these locations and all of them can be adapted to the distance you want to cover each day.
Some of the itineraries run over terrain with little difference in altitude, while others have a more mountainous character, reaching some summits from where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery. You will discover many surprises of great interest along these routes, making each hike complete and entertaining.
In addition, as this trip is lead by a guide with extensive experience in the area, some of the days may be completed with a visit to a place of cultural interest or one of the best wineries in the region in order to know the production process and taste its fantastic wines.
At the end of each day, we will spend the night in charming lodgings located in beautiful typical villages of the area, which are also well worth a visit.
This is the summary of the programme:
Day 1: Arrival to the starting point.
Days 2 and 3: Two hiking routes from the first village.
Days 4 and 5: Transfer to the next village and two other hiking routes from there.
Days 6 and 7: Transfer to the last village and two last hiking routes. Visit to a local winery.
Day 8: Departure day.
The order of this programme could be changed for different reasons, such as the availability of accommodation or weather forecasts. Any change would be communicated to customers in advance.
You stay in villages that are not very large and, therefore, do not offer as much choice of accommodation as can be found in the big cities. Despite this limitation, there is a network of small hotels and rural houses that offer all the comfort and amenities that the hiker needs for a good rest, always with personal and friendly service.
The fact that we are a local travel agency has allowed us to directly select the best establishments in the area. We have been able to choose them in person, visit them frequently and have direct contact with the owners. All this guarantees that they are the perfect places for our customers to rest after a beautiful day of walking, recharge their batteries with a good dinner and a good breakfast in order to fully enjoy the next stage.
The dates for this trip are flexible and depend on two factors:
The procedure to arrange the trip is as follows:
|SEASON||DATES||Price per person||Single supplement|
|Low||October to May||1,465 €||185 €|
|Mid||June and September||1,495 €||200 €|
|High||July and August (**)||1,545 €||200 €|
(*) Prices are per person and based on two people sharing a twin or double room
(**) Easter and other special days are also considered high season
This is an ALL INCLUDED trip:
(*) Possibility to order private transfers from/to Biarritz
(**) Possibility to organize additional nights of accommodation. Please contact us if you are interested.
Do I have to make any reservation or do anything myself?
The only thing you have to look after is your round trip to and from San Sebastian or Bilbao (remember that we can advise and help you with the arrangements). Everything else is included so you don't have to worry about anything, we look after everything. You just have to worry about coming here and enjoying your trip to the fullest.
How can I get to the area?
Today, the Basque Country is a highly developed area that has very good communications by land, sea and air making it easy to get to San Sebastian or Bilbao. There are several options to fly to our different airports and our cities are connected by modern motorways. You also have the option of coming by bus, train and even by boat if you come from Great Britain. For more information, see the "How to get here" section of the "Information" tab.
Once in San Sebastian or Bilbao, we pick you up and take you throughout the entire trip. At the end of the trip, we will take you back to San Sebastian or Bilbao so that you can return home or continue on your trip from there.
What currency and language is used in the area?
As in the other countries of the European Union, the currency used is the euro and Spanish is the spoken language. English is not generally used in these areas and, when it is, the level may be basic. In any case, a bilingual guide will be with you at all times, so you won't have any problems in understanding the locals.
Is it a safe area?
Yes, fortunately this area is very safe and visitors do not usually have any problems on their trip.
However, we recommend taking the usual common sense precautions against theft.
Can I book a single person trip?
Yes, as long as there are other people on that same trip. Walking North Spain cannot offer guided trips for a single person. There will be an individual supplement for single person reservations.
What is the best time of year to make this trip?
This trip can be made at any time of the year but, undoubtedly, the best dates are the months of September and October, which is when the vineyards are most beautiful and the harvest takes place. For this reason, at this time it is possible to attend some festivals that take place in the villages, including some activities related to grape harvesting and pressing, which make the trip much more complete and interesting.
What are the routes like? Are they very long or difficult?
In general, the selected routes for this trip are between 13 and 25 kilometres, with a height gain of between 330 and 925 metres, so that everybody accustomed to hill-walking and is reasonably fit can hike our routes without any difficulty. In addition, most of these routes can be shortened. Walking North Spain is also able to choose those routes that best suit the preferences and characteristics of the group.
Will it be possible to shorten some routes?
The group will be led by a single guide if there are 8 or fewer clients. With just one guide the group cannot be divided and everyone will have to follow the same itinerary. There will be 2 guides leading if there are 9 or more clients in the group making it possible to shorten the routes for part of the group.
I have some dietary restrictions, is it possible to take this into account?
Of course, although one of the main attractions of this area is its gastronomy, every year we welcome people who have dietary restrictions. In these cases, we inform all the accommodations and restaurants we visit so that this is taken into account.
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