Saturday, October 20, 2012

LA RIOJA: ENOTURISMO AND CAMINO DE SANTIAGO


After having walked almost 120km along The Portuguese Way of Saint James in Galicia (from Valença do Minho and Tui to Santiago de Compostela), I wanted to visit some villages of The French Way of Saint James. As we were going to La Rioja and Navarra some weeks later, we visited some of these villages and towns (but this time we went from one town to the next one by car):

  • Estella-Lizarra
  • Los Arcos
  • Logroño
  • Nájera 
  • Santo Domingo de la Calzada


I really liked the Jacobean atmosphere of these towns and the fantastic churches, cathedrals and monasteries I could visit there.

We also would like to go to La Rioja to enjoy the Enoturismo and visit some wine cellars, like La Rioja Alta in Haro and Mayor de Migueloa in Laguardia (Rioja Alavesa). Haro is actually the town of La Rioja which concentrates more wineries.



City Hall of Haro
City Hall of Haro



Our hotel was in Logroño, so every evening we went to Laurel street to enjoy a glass of red wine with tapas.
Besides we spent previously two days in Zaragoza to visit some beautiful mudéjar churches.

You can see below all the places I visited in La Rioja, Navarra and Aragón during this trip:


Days 1 and 2

  • Zaragoza and Logroño
Day 3
  • Haro
  • Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Day 4
  • Laguardia
  • Estella
  • Los Arcos
Day 5
  • San Millán de la Cogolla
  • Nájera
Day 6
  • Tarazona
  • Monasterio de Veruela


Next I would like to show you some pictures of the places I like the most of these towns.

Zaragoza


Basilica del Pilar in Zaragoza
Basilica del Pilar from a bridge over the Ebro river


Palacio de la Aljafería in Zaragoza
Palacio de la Aljafería in Zaragoza, a really beautiful palace


Logroño


Calle Laurel in Logroño
Calle Laurel in Logroño, really lively at night


NH Logroño
NH Logroño, the hotel we stayed during the days we spent in La Rioja and Navarra


San Miguel park in Logroño
San Miguel park in Logroño from the room in our hotel


Haro


Casks in Haro
Casks in Haro



La Rioja Alta wine cellar in Haro
Grapevines in La Rioja Alta wine cellar in Haro


La Rioja Alta wine cellar in Haro
Rioja Alta winery in Haro

Santo Domingo de la Calzada


Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada in La Rioja


Laguardia


Mayor de Migueloa wine cellar in Laguardia
Mayor de Migueloa wine cellar in Laguardia (Rioja Alavesa)


Calle Mayor in Laguardia
Calle Mayor in Laguardia


Vineyards in La Rioja Alavesa from Laguardia
Vineyards in La Rioja Alavesa from Laguardia



Torre Abacial in Laguardia
Torre Abacial in Plaza de la Torre of Laguardia


Estella


Palacio de los Reyes de Navarra in Estella
Palacio de los Reyes de Navarra in Estella


Palacio de los Reyes de Navarra in Estella
A closer view of  this beautiful palace of Estella


Plaza de los Fueros in Estella
Plaza de los Fueros in Estella


Los Arcos


Los Arcos in Navarra
Lively square in Los Arcos, a nice village of El Camino de Santiago


Los Arcos in Navarra
Bell tower from the cloister of Santa María church in Los Arcos


Los Arcos in Navarra
Los Arcos is a quiet place with a great pilgrim atmosphere


San Millán de la Cogolla



Monastery of San Millán de la Cogolla in La Rioja
Monastery of San Millán de la Cogolla in La Rioja

Glosas Emilianenses
Glosas Emilianenses is considered the first text written in Spanish

Monastery of San Millán de la Cogolla in La Rioja
The monastery of San Millán de la Cogolla is located between mountains in a quiet valley of La Rioja

Nájera


Cloister of the monastery of Santa María la Real in Nájera
Cloister of the monastery of Santa María la Real in Nájera

Najerilla river in Nájera
Najerilla river in Nájera

Tarazona


Episcopal palace and mudéjar bell tower in Tarazona
Episcopal palace and mudéjar bell tower of the church of Santa María Magdalena in Tarazona

Monasterio de Veruela


Veruela monastery near Tarazona
Veruela monastery near Tarazona



Finally, other beautiful places you can visit in Spain are:


- Catalonia

- Basque Country

- Cantabria

- Granada

- Sevilla, Córdoba, Cádiz and Costa de la Luz

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