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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Road trip to La Rioja!

We all know the wines from la Rioja. This area has over 500 wineries and is internationally famous for the quality of its wines. It is also a great place to spend a relaxed weekend from Barcelona. You have lots of small and cute towns in the area.You could stay in El Ciego in the beautiful Marques De Riscal Hotel for a special occasion, in a cozy "Casa Rural"-rustic house- in Laguardia, in Haro or in Ezcarray. If you prefer a bigger city Logroño is the place for you.

We went to Haro, a small municipality in the northwest of La Rioja. It is known for its fine red wine and every year- on June,29th- they have the Haro Wine Festival where locals hold a wine battle.

The hotel Los Agustinos is an old convent converted into this hotel. The rooms have kept their essence and their covered courtyard is very cool. It is a nice place to stay while visiting the area.You can visit many vineyards in Haro and in the nearby villages, which are not more that 30 minutes away by car.
Patio of Los Agustinos

From Convent to Military Hospital to a jail to this hotel.
They have a nice restaurant Las Duelas, in the hotel and Haro has some cute little restaurants too. It is a nice and relaxed way to take a break from the hectic life of a big city.

Tomato Bread in Las Duelas

Burrata with Artichokes at Las Duelas

Muerte por chocolate at Las Duelas

Bar Jarrera

One of the best mushrooms at Jarrera, Haro and great grilled goat cheese.

Bravas and Asparagus wiht 2 sauces at Jarrera

Muga vineyard in Haro

Chilling in Haro

You can visit LaGuardia or even stay in a casa rural there. It is a beautiful medieval village, which hasn't changed since the 13th century.
Peace to those who are coming, Health thos those who are staying and Happiness to those who are leaving; @Laguardia.

Picturesque Laguardia

We had also been to Ezcarray some years back. It was such a pretty village and had beautiful walking paths. It is 13km away from Valdezcarya where you have ski slopes. We had dinner one night at Echaurren, the 1st restaurant in the region to be awarded a Michelin star. The chef is also the food consultant at the Marques de Riscal restaurant in El Ciego. We will talk about Marques de Riscal and another great vineyard Ysios in my next post.

You also have Logroño -the capital of La Rioja Province- with its small little lanes and the famous calle Laurel. Logroño is filled with little bars , lined one after the other on the street, and each of them have their specialty. It is a great place to go and you can find good tapas for everyone, even for us vegetarians.

Specializes in mushrooms




A day with BelleBarcelone

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