La Rioja is an autonomous community and a province in Spain. It is situated in the north of the Iberian Peninsula. It is known as a wine-making region; its products are under the Denominación de Origen Calificada Rioja brand. Its capital is Logroño. La Rioja covers part of the Ebro valley towards its north and the Iberian Range in the south. It borders the Basque Country (province of Álava) to the north, Navarre to the northeast, Aragón to the southeast (province of Zaragoza), and Castilla y León to the west and south (provinces of Burgos and Soria). The climate in La Rioja is mainly Continental, with the Rioja Alta comarca receiving more precipitation than Rioja Baja. The average temperature ranges from 11.8 °C - 31.8 °C (53 °F - 88 °F), while the precipitation ranges between 300 mm - 600 mm as an annual average.
What to see & do
La Rioja is a tiny province best known for its wines, with vineyards lining the banks of the Río Ebro; while Haro and Logroño, both hilltop towns, straddle the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail. Some of the places that you should visit include the hamlet of San Millán, where two UNESCO-listed monasteries are located; the small town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, where one can be stunned by the medieval atmosphere it gives, with its partially walled old quarter and a labyrinth of medieval streets; Briones village, which offers spectacular views over the surrounding vineyards and is also home to the space-age wine museum Dinastía Vivanco; Bodega Ysios, which is said to be Bilbao’s own version of Guggenheim; and the village of Enciso, where you can search the slopes for dinosaur footprints. The best places to dine and taste fine wine in La Rioja is at Pintxo for the Basque version of tapas; La Taberna de Baco for around 40 different meal offerings, including regional casseroles and salads; Bodega la Petra, where you can eat inside one of the cave houses burrowed into the gorges around Arnedillo and Enciso; and Los Calaos de Briones, where you can dine in 17th-century vaulted cellars.
How to get around within Hesse
The best way to get around La Rioja is by car. Car rentals are offered by Europcar. There are regular trains that connect Haro with Logroño and Logroño with Bilbao. Autobuses Jimenez operates the local bus networks, which routes you can check at the website.
How to get there
To get into La Rioja by air, one will disembark at Logroño–Agoncillo Airport, the airport serving Logroño in the autonomous community of La Rioja, Spain. It is situated near Recajo village in the Agoncillo municipal term. It is operated by Aena. Air Nostrum-operated Iberia is the sole airline that operates at the airport, flying to and from the Spanish capital, Madrid. Another option is via Bilbao Airport, located nine kilometres (5.6 miles) north of Bilbao, in the municipality of Loiu, in Biscay. It is served by international and budget carriers like British Airways, Iberia, and easyJet.