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Accessible La Rioja

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La Rioja is an inclusive tourist destination, which works hard at providing real accessibility and creating spaces that will accommodate every individual. We invite you to enjoy our wine tourism and outstanding food, discover the land where dinosaurs lived, experience the St James’ Way and visit the birthplace of the Spanish language.

La Rioja offers a variety of accessible tourism opportunities for all types of tourists. Families, senior citizens and tourists with special needs or functional diversity find activities for every taste in La Rioja.

Nature lovers will enjoy accessible natural environments including greenways, the St James’ Way, Sierra Cebollera Nature Reserve and Sotos de Alfaro Nature Reserve, with routes adapted for wheelchairs and buggies along accessible paths.

There is a wide range of accessible art, heritage and culture so you can discover monasteries, castles, museums and the secrets of Rioja wine. If you want to share a day with the whole family, nothing better than visiting one of our theme parks, like the Barranco Perdido paleoadventure park or Tierra Rapaz, where adults and children alike will enjoy unforgettable experiences.

Of course, you cannot come to La Rioja and fail to visit one of our many accessible wineries and participate in sensory wine tastings, where your senses take over and surprise you with unexpected surprises, letting you discover your personal abilities.

The tourism and cultural offer is varied, and so is the food offer. Visitors to this land never forget our cuisine, thanks to the wide range of accessible tapas routes and restaurants, which are not only free of physical barriers, but also provide special menus to cater to different intolerances and sensitivities.

In short, La Rioja is an enticing region, an accessible destination that hospitably welcomes everyone; a land of positive surprises where you can do sports, attend conferences and meetings, go shopping and much more.

Come and discover #AccessibleLaRioja at:

www.equalitasvitae.com

www.lariojasinbarreras.org

 

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Una Reserva de la Biosfera es un territorio declarado por el Programa Hombre y Biosfera de la UNESCO que busca el desarrollo de sus habitantes en consonancia con la conservación del entorno, propiciando la relación entre el hombre y la naturaleza.


Este tipo de espacio se distingue de otros porque el hombre es parte esencial de él; la naturaleza que hoy tenemos es el producto de una evolución conjunta del hombre con el medio natural, cosa que se hizo de manera armónica durante milenios, pero desde la Revolución Industrial los cambios fueron mucho más bruscos, rompiéndose ese equilibrio.

Por tanto, las Reservas de la Biosfera no constituyen una nueva categoría de espacio natural protegido, sino que responden a una concepción más amplia y ambiciosa como es la de servir de espacio para la experimentación de modelos de desarrollo sostenible que armonicen los fines de la conservación tanto de recursos naturales como culturales.

El objetivo de las reservas es:

Fomentar el desarrollo económico y social sostenible según las necesidades de sus habitantes. 
Aplicar modelos de desarrollo sostenible, contribuir a la formación, a la educación ambiental y a la investigación científica. Conservar los paisajes, las especies, los ecosistemas y la diversidad biológica. 

La Reserva de Biosfera de La Rioja, declarada el 3 de julio de 2003, se encuentra en el límite sur oriental de La Rioja y ocupa casi un 24% del territorio regional (116.669 hectáreas) repartidas en cuatro valles: Leza, Jubera, Cidacos y Alhama-Linares.  

Posee en total 40 municipios; 27 términos municipales incluidos totalmente en la Reserva y 13 incluidos parcialmente.

Incluidos totalmente: Aguilar de Río Alhama, Ajamil, Arnedillo, Cabezón de Cameros, Cervera del Río Alhama, Cornago, Enciso, Grávalos, Hornillos de Cameros, Igea, Jalón de Cameros, Laguna de Cameros, Leza del Río Leza, Munilla, Muro en Cameros, Muro de aguas, Navajún, Préjano, Rabanera, Robres del Castillo, San Román de Cameros, Soto en Cameros, Terroba, Torre en Cameros, Valdemadera, Villarroya, Zarzosa.


Parcialmente incluidos: Alfaro, Arnedo, Autol, Bergasa, Bergasillas Bajera, Clavijo, Herce, Lagunilla del Jubera, Ocón, Quel, Ribafrecha, Santa Eulalia Bajera, Santa Engracia de Jubera. 

Actividades humanas: La población asentada en el territorio de la Reserva utiliza de manera tradicional los recursos naturales de la zona para la práctica de la ganadería extensiva (ovejas, vacas y yeguas), la agricultura de secano (cereal, olivo, almendro, vid) y la agricultura hortofrutícola en las escasas zonas de vega situadas en los fondos irrigados de valle. 

Más recientemente ha incrementado su importancia el sector servicios basándose en el tradicional turismo de balneario (Arnedillo y los balnearios de Cervera y Grávalos, en proceso de rehabilitación) complementado con un incipiente turismo rural asociado al patrimonio natural y cultural (yacimientos de icnitas, senderismo, monumentos, artesanía, etc.).

La actividad industrial es escasa en el interior de la reserva y se localiza en los pueblos de la periferia mejor comunicados con el corredor del Ebro. Existe una alta actividad eólica. Persisten todavía vestigios de la fabricación artesanal de alpargatas y lanas de pastor.

Características ecológicas: La Reserva se halla situada en la mitad sur oriental de La Rioja. Es una zona de montaña ibérica mediterránea en la que las cumbres raramente se superan los 1.600 metros de altitud sobre el nivel del mar. Se encuentra poblada por ecosistemas mediterráneos de gran interés como matorrales de sustitución (romerales, tomillares, jarales, aulagares), encinares bien conservados (Quercus ilex), bosques de roble melojo (Q. Pyrenaica), quejigares (Q. Faginea y Q. humilis) y hayedos todavía desconocidos (Fagus silvatica).

GUÍA COMPLETA DE LA RESERVA DE LA BIOSFERA

A través de esta guía el visitante puede obtener información práctica sobre los valores y peculiaridades de la zona: naturaleza, termalismo, historia, arquitectura, agricultura, yacimientos de icnitas, lugares de interés para la trufa y micología, así como la gastronomía típica de los pueblos que la integran. 

http://www.larioja.org/ma/publicaciones/pdf/reserva_biosfera_cuadernillo.pdf 

FOLLETO DESPEGABLE Y MAPA DE RESERVA DE LA BIOSFERA

En esta publicación se recogen las principales características naturales, culturales e históricas del territorio riojano catalogado como Reserva de la Biosfera y que alcanza una superficie aproximada de 119.669 has (24% de La Rioja) repartidos en cuatro importantes valles: Leza, Jubera, Cidacos y Alhama, con un mapa desplegable con sus principales valores. 

http://www.larioja.org/ma/publicaciones/pdf/reserva_biosfera.pdf

Para más información: www.paisajehumanizado.com

MAPA INTERACTIVO CON LOS VALORES DE LA RESERVA 

El mapa permite mostrar los valores de la Reserva sobre su territorio, sugiriendo lugares que visitar y actividades a realizar.

Dispone de 154 fichas de información repartidas en 20 valores destacados de la Reserva de la Biosfera: Cortados y Gargantas, Neveras, Bosques Singulares, Gastronomía, Casas Rurales, Termalismo, Mosaicos de cultivos., Minerales, Áreas recreativas, Hoteles, Yacimientos históricos, Icnitas, zonas de setas, artesanía, albergues, Fortificaciones y castillos, trufas, Pueblos singulares, Centros de interpretación y Restaurantes. 

La consulta se puede realizar tanto por valores, como por términos municipales.

 

Una Reserva de la Biosfera es un territorio declarado por el Programa Hombre y Biosfera de la UNESCO que busca el desarrollo de sus habitantes en consonancia con la conservación del entorno, propiciando la relación entre el hombre y la naturaleza.


Este tipo de espacio se distingue de otros porque el hombre es parte esencial de él; la naturaleza que hoy tenemos es el producto de una evolución conjunta del hombre con el medio natural, cosa que se hizo de manera armónica durante milenios, pero desde la Revolución Industrial los cambios fueron mucho más bruscos, rompiéndose ese equilibrio.

Por tanto, las Reservas de la Biosfera no constituyen una nueva categoría de espacio natural protegido, sino que responden a una concepción más amplia y ambiciosa como es la de servir de espacio para la experimentación de modelos de desarrollo sostenible que armonicen los fines de la conservación tanto de recursos naturales como culturales.

El objetivo de las reservas es:

Fomentar el desarrollo económico y social sostenible según las necesidades de sus habitantes. 
Aplicar modelos de desarrollo sostenible, contribuir a la formación, a la educación ambiental y a la investigación científica. Conservar los paisajes, las especies, los ecosistemas y la diversidad biológica. 

La Reserva de Biosfera de La Rioja, declarada el 3 de julio de 2003, se encuentra en el límite sur oriental de La Rioja y ocupa casi un 24% del territorio regional (116.669 hectáreas) repartidas en cuatro valles: Leza, Jubera, Cidacos y Alhama-Linares.  

Posee en total 40 municipios; 27 términos municipales incluidos totalmente en la Reserva y 13 incluidos parcialmente.

Incluidos totalmente: Aguilar de Río Alhama, Ajamil, Arnedillo, Cabezón de Cameros, Cervera del Río Alhama, Cornago, Enciso, Grávalos, Hornillos de Cameros, Igea, Jalón de Cameros, Laguna de Cameros, Leza del Río Leza, Munilla, Muro en Cameros, Muro de aguas, Navajún, Préjano, Rabanera, Robres del Castillo, San Román de Cameros, Soto en Cameros, Terroba, Torre en Cameros, Valdemadera, Villarroya, Zarzosa.


Parcialmente incluidos: Alfaro, Arnedo, Autol, Bergasa, Bergasillas Bajera, Clavijo, Herce, Lagunilla del Jubera, Ocón, Quel, Ribafrecha, Santa Eulalia Bajera, Santa Engracia de Jubera. 

Actividades humanas: La población asentada en el territorio de la Reserva utiliza de manera tradicional los recursos naturales de la zona para la práctica de la ganadería extensiva (ovejas, vacas y yeguas), la agricultura de secano (cereal, olivo, almendro, vid) y la agricultura hortofrutícola en las escasas zonas de vega situadas en los fondos irrigados de valle. 

Más recientemente ha incrementado su importancia el sector servicios basándose en el tradicional turismo de balneario (Arnedillo y los balnearios de Cervera y Grávalos, en proceso de rehabilitación) complementado con un incipiente turismo rural asociado al patrimonio natural y cultural (yacimientos de icnitas, senderismo, monumentos, artesanía, etc.).

La actividad industrial es escasa en el interior de la reserva y se localiza en los pueblos de la periferia mejor comunicados con el corredor del Ebro. Existe una alta actividad eólica. Persisten todavía vestigios de la fabricación artesanal de alpargatas y lanas de pastor.

Características ecológicas: La Reserva se halla situada en la mitad sur oriental de La Rioja. Es una zona de montaña ibérica mediterránea en la que las cumbres raramente se superan los 1.600 metros de altitud sobre el nivel del mar. Se encuentra poblada por ecosistemas mediterráneos de gran interés como matorrales de sustitución (romerales, tomillares, jarales, aulagares), encinares bien conservados (Quercus ilex), bosques de roble melojo (Q. Pyrenaica), quejigares (Q. Faginea y Q. humilis) y hayedos todavía desconocidos (Fagus silvatica).

GUÍA COMPLETA DE LA RESERVA DE LA BIOSFERA

A través de esta guía el visitante puede obtener información práctica sobre los valores y peculiaridades de la zona: naturaleza, termalismo, historia, arquitectura, agricultura, yacimientos de icnitas, lugares de interés para la trufa y micología, así como la gastronomía típica de los pueblos que la integran. 

http://www.larioja.org/ma/publicaciones/pdf/reserva_biosfera_cuadernillo.pdf 

FOLLETO DESPEGABLE Y MAPA DE RESERVA DE LA BIOSFERA

En esta publicación se recogen las principales características naturales, culturales e históricas del territorio riojano catalogado como Reserva de la Biosfera y que alcanza una superficie aproximada de 119.669 has (24% de La Rioja) repartidos en cuatro importantes valles: Leza, Jubera, Cidacos y Alhama, con un mapa desplegable con sus principales valores. 

http://www.larioja.org/ma/publicaciones/pdf/reserva_biosfera.pdf

Para más información: www.paisajehumanizado.com

MAPA INTERACTIVO CON LOS VALORES DE LA RESERVA 

El mapa permite mostrar los valores de la Reserva sobre su territorio, sugiriendo lugares que visitar y actividades a realizar.

Dispone de 154 fichas de información repartidas en 20 valores destacados de la Reserva de la Biosfera: Cortados y Gargantas, Neveras, Bosques Singulares, Gastronomía, Casas Rurales, Termalismo, Mosaicos de cultivos., Minerales, Áreas recreativas, Hoteles, Yacimientos históricos, Icnitas, zonas de setas, artesanía, albergues, Fortificaciones y castillos, trufas, Pueblos singulares, Centros de interpretación y Restaurantes. 

La consulta se puede realizar tanto por valores, como por términos municipales.

 

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Los Cameros

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Los Cameros, a region of contrasts, is ideal for both adventure lovers and those looking for a bit of peace and quiet. Camero Nuevo, or ‘New’ Cameros,  with the Sierra Cebollera Nature Reserve at its heart, is a lush orchard of oak and beech groves watered by the River Iregua. 

Come and explore its many footpaths and discover its beautiful forests before resting for the night in one of its welcoming country guesthouses

The GR.93 enters Camero Nuevo through the town of Ortigosa, where a visit to the La Paz and La Viña Caves is an absolute must. These caves have been specially adapted to accommodate tourists and contain spectacular formations that are millions of years old.

And for water sports enthusiasts, the El Rasillo Water Sports Centre on the González Lacasa Reservoir offers both canoeing and windsurfing.
 
Camero Viejo, or ‘Old’ Camero, is very different from Camero Nuevo, being arid and lonely with impressive abandoned terraces overrun with thickets. 

Enjoy the silence in the impressive River Leza Gorge. Take a look at the ‘ravines’ between Soto en Cameros and Leza de Río Leza and enjoy watching the griffon vultures soar around their spectacular red-tinged walls. And where better to enjoy the sport of canyoning?  

In Camero Viejo there are only a few pastures left with holm oaks and oaks, all of which are now communal land.

Visit the villages of Torre en Cameros and San Román de Cameros, taste the famous Camerano cheese and ask about the area. There is still much to discover, such as the old basket weavers’ workshops in San Román. 

Along the banks of the Jubera a range of birds of prey can often be seen perched on the limestone rocks. From Jubera bridge you can engage in bridge jumping.

Viewing golden eagles and partridges, griffon vultures, falcons and owls is a popular and spectacular pastime at Las Peñas de Iregua, Leza and Jubera. Complete your adventure by climbing Peña Zapatero de Nieva de Cameros or Peña Amarilla de Leza del Río Leza. Want to go even higher? Why not try paragliding from the summit of Zenzano in the Leza gorge?

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Vultures merge into the dun-coloured south-western landscape of La Rioja. Among rosemary and thyme shrubs, the footprints of long-disappeared dinosaurs run from the River Jubera to beyond the River Cidacos, among Enciso and its villages. Follow these footprints and they will lead you to a very different La Rioja, one of medicinal waters and Celtiberian, Arab and Roman remains. And as if that was not enough, the unique ecosystems of its valleys have been designated a Biosphere Reserve

The River Cidacos runs in a narrow channel to Arnedillo, where you can bathe in its medicinal waters and view the vultures close up with modern cameras from the Buitre Lookout Point.

This entire region has a highly concentrated bird population and encompasses Peñas de Arnedillo, Peñalmonte and Peña Isasa, as well as the Alcarama Range and the River Alhama, where limestone escarpments provide shelter for owls and, especially, griffon vultures. Why not climb up to the abandoned, mysteriously beautiful town of Turruncún, and watch these magnificent birds in full flight?
  
Vultures also tend to accompany rock climbers on their ascents, since in Arnedillo alone there are more than 200 climbers’ routes. If you have not yet learned how to scramble up sheer walls, you can train at the public climbing facilities in Alfaro and Autol.

This landscape is bordered to the south by Sierra de Alcarama, the highest mountain range in La Rioja Baja, standing 1,500 metres above sea level. Beneath its shadow lies a crumpled carpet of small hills crossed by the River Alhama, known as ‘the hot river’ by the Moors due to its medicinal waters. This landscape offers many interesting plays of light and shadow during the sunset hours. And where better to enjoy this spectacular show than the fascinating Celtiberian city of Contrebia Leukade.

The reservoir on the River Añamaza, a beautiful enclave nestled between high mountains, is well worth a ramble, as is the nearby Fuentestrún del Cajo Gorge.

Trees? In Sierra de Yerga you will find the Villaroya oak grove, an ideal place for enjoying a walk among sturdy holm oaks and the odd gall oak. This grove is an oasis in the otherwise arid landscape of the region, as are the oak and beech groves of Sierra de la Hez. You can find others for yourself, either on foot or by bike, along the GRs or the green trails in Cebollera, Arnedillo and Cidacos
 

Talk to the locals who will be happy to show you many more paths and trails. And keep your binoculars and magnifying glass handy at all times - you will need them to appreciate the perfect cubic pyrites at the open-air Navajún site, the most important of its kind in the world.

 

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La Sierra de la Demanda, the roof of La Rioja, has two curious characteristics. Firstly, it contains the highest peak in the region, the majestic San Lorenzo which stands 2,260 metres above sea level and contains the modern Valdezcaray ski resort.  And secondly, Gatón Peak contains the source of the River Oja, after which the region is named.

Nearby, La Sierra de Urbión marks the border between Burgos and Soria in a mosaic of wild pines, waterfalls and glacial circs. Also called Picos de Urbión, the peaks contain a series of impressive, deep blue lakes, such as La Laguna de Urbión. 

Located on the southwest border of La Rioja, La Demanda is covered in beech and oak groves that overlook the lively town of Ezcaray and its charming villages. Don’t miss the holly wood in Valgañón. The Alto Oja forms beautiful waterfalls in the so-called Llano de la Casa. On its southern side, surrounded by wild pines, the River Najerilla winds its way along, flanked by pedunculate oaks, ashes, maples and hazels.

A good example of a mixed forest containing all the species present in La Rioja is located in Roñas Valley, between the towns of Anguiano and Brieva de Cameros. All the trees in the region in a single forest! Eagles fly over La Demanda and Los Picos de Urbión watching over the wild pines, beech groves and conifer forests.

Get ready to see eaglets, falcons, horned owls and elusive grey partridges. You can also fly in a paraglider or hang glider from the top of San Lorenzo. 

There are also many ideal places for climbing near Anguiano - conglomerates such as Peña Reloj and Peña de San Torcuato in Ezcaray, where a number of protected bird species are reared. 

Come and see the birds in Peña de Tobía and Peña Matute by walking the GR.93. The path, which leaves from Ezcaray, passes through San Millán de la Cogolla, where you simply must stop to visit the Yuso and Suso monasteries, the birthplace of Castilian Spanish.

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Ocón Valley

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The Ocón Valley is located between the Ebro Valley and the Sierra de la Hez; the latter having been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO because of its natural richness.  The terrain consists of smooth-sloped mountains ranging in altitude from 700 to 1338 metres above sea level, providing a breathtaking view of the Ebro Valley.

The municipality of Ocón is located between Middle and Lower Rioja, halfway between Logroño and Calahorra. It holds six villages —La Villa, Pipaona, Santa Lucía, Las Ruedas, Aldealobos and Los Molinos— besides the abandoned hamlet of Oteruelo. The villages have undergone few changes in the past and remain a true rural attraction.

The Valley’s rich historical, cultural and archaeological heritage together with its natural wealth and splendid landscapes, allow visitors to enjoy marvellous views, enticing leisure and camping locations and traditional ways of life.

During the last few years, the area has worked hard at taking advantage of this historical, cultural and archaeological heritage. Practically all churches and shrines have been restored and intensive work is currently being carried out in the Visigothic archaeological site of Parpalinas. Also worth visiting is the only windmill to be found in this area of Northern Spain. It was used to produce flour and visitors can learn all about traditional milling methods. The Valley offers all of these features plus many more that we will not reveal but that you will discover when you visit us. WE AWAIT YOU.

www.elvalledeocón.org
www.molinodeocón.org 

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The river banks along the middle reaches of the Ebro River in La Rioja Baja are home to the Sotos de Alfaro Nature Reserve, a unique ecosystem of forests and wild birds nestled beside the river. Come and lose yourself in the wilderness and relax in the shade of its trees while enjoying a spot of bird watching.

The course of the river digresses sharply here, creating and destroying meanders, islets and beaches. Flooded groves form unique wildernesses of black and white poplars, willows, ashes and alders in which you can see storks, herons, cormorants, blackbirds, kites, hoopoes and kingfishers, among others.

If you look down at the water you may spot a European mink or an otter. And if you keep very still, you may see foxes, rabbits and wild boars. The La Duquesa and Morales groves are particularly beautiful and contain a diverse range of riverbank wildlife.

In Soto de Estajao there is a circular trail that takes you to the heart of a flooded river grove. Keep your eyes open because this is the best place to see all the birds and trees contained in this unique environment. You will almost certainly want to stop for lunch in its picnic area, set right in the middle of this natural paradise.

Of all the species that inhabit the copses, the stork is the undisputed king, with hundreds of specimens nesting in the region. Do you want to visit them at home? Take a trip to the Roman, baroque and renaissance town of Alfaro (known also for its delicious vegetable dishes), where more than one hundred pairs of storks have taken over the roof of the San Miguel Collegiate Church. 

In addition to the architectural beauty of this 17th century building, which has been declared a  National Historical-Artistic Monument, it is also known for the hundreds of storks that nest on its roof and fly around the city perching to rest on chimneys and rooftops everywhere. In the summertime, when the older chicks begin to fly, the church may house over 400 birds.

In the Sotos de ALfaro Nature Reserve Visistors Centre, located opposite the church, you will discover that it is impossible to get lost in your rambles around the groves. Furthermore, you will also be afforded a closer look at the church storks, thanks to the remote-controlled  camera installed on the roof. Enjoy nature up close.

 

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Located on the northern slopes of La Sierra de Cebollera, in the high River Iregua Valley in the Camero Nuevo region, 50 kilometres from Logroño along the N-111 road, the Reserve covers 23,640 hectares and encompasses the municipalities of Villoslada de Cameros and Lumbreras, as well as the villages of San Andrés and El Horcajo, which have a total population of around 500 inhabitants.

La Sierra de Cebollera is a privileged geological enclave within the Iberian Mountain Range, containing glacial formations known as ‘hollows’ located at heights of over 2,000 metres. Beneath the high mountains the landscape is covered by large natural wild pine, beech and oak forests, of great ecological and aesthetic value. The area is crossed by a number of mountain streams with waterfalls and cascades at different points along the river-bank forest.

It is a landscape whose forests have manage to recover from centuries of intense livestock farming throughout the Cameros region, a traditional culture that has left its mark on the new landscape in the form of corrals, shepherds’ huts and hermitages.

The line of Sierra de Cebollera peaks runs between Puerto de Santa Inés (1,753 m) and Puerto de Piqueras (1,710 m), to the south of the Nature Reserve, and includes: Castillo de Vinuesa (2,083 m), Peñón de Santocenarrio (2,058 m), Cebollera (2,164 m), La Mesa (2,163 m) and Alto de Cueva Mayor (2,138 m).

In addition to pine, beech and oak forests, there are also a number of other more scarce and unique species that contribute to the biodiversity of the Sierra de Cebollera landscape: birch groves, black pine groves, holly groves and pedunculate oak groves.

The Reserve’s wildlife, which is closely linked to forest and high mountain habitats, includes the Iberian grey partridge and forest-dwelling birds of prey, in addition to roe deer, deer and wild boars. In the rivers, trout swim alongside otters, small Iberian desmans and the rare European mink.

The Nature Reserve’s Visitors’ Centre is located in Villoslada de Cameros, at the crossroads between La Virgen de Lomos de Orios Hermitage and Montenegro de Cameros. It contains a permanent exhibition  on the most unique characteristics of the Nature Reserve and offers information about resources and scheduled activities.

An audio-visual display is screened in a room which seats 25 people and explains the evolution of the landscape over history, and its transformation as the result of the most important activity carried out over the centuries in the Cameros region: the migration of herds from winter to summer pastures.

The Centre also organises educational activities for schools and groups, depending on the season, as well as providing information about the network of footpaths and the regulations governing the movement of vehicles along the restricted forest tracks.

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Las Conchas de Haro Ravine receives the River Ebro by opening a door for it in the middle of the Obarenes Mountains. On the right-hand bank is the whole of La Rioja, except the La Sonsierra region which, as its name (under the sierra) suggests, is nestled on the left bank of the river in the shadow of Sierra de Toloño.

You have just entered wine country. The almost 1,000 metres of the Cellorigo, Galbárruli and San Felices escarpments in the Obarenes mountains acts as a barrier to the humidity from the north and the limestone soil with its abundant sandstone provides a good anchor for the vines.

But above all, it is the hard work of the Riojan people which makes the miracle happen. This land of vineyards, which is generous in its fruits and changes with the seasons, is just waiting for you to explore it, to come and have a drink, a meal and stay the night. It will make you feel at home.

On foot, on bike, on horseback… explore the footpaths and discover the old vine sheds, stone huts which are still used for storing farming implements, and cave presses, holes carved in the rock in which wine has been pressed for centuries.

Above your head, a large group of golden eagles, peregrine falcons, Egyptian vultures and griffon vultures use the crags to land between holm oaks, tree strawberries, box trees and other aromatic plants. 

If you climb the Toloño or Bilibio peaks, look for humid zones where the gall oaks provide shady spots ideal for taking a break and enjoying a sip of wine. Oh, and remember, every year on 29 June the Wine Battle is held on the Bilibio Crags.

The Ebro winds its way through the northern end of La Rioja. Evidence of its presence includes the wide meanders lying between the towns of Briñas and Haro or between Briones and San Vicente de la Sonsierra. A serpent of water that brings sustenance to the forests on its banks and which can been seen, to name but one place, from the vantage point of a hot-air balloon in Haro. 

If you follow the Ebro you will arrive at Sierra de Cantabria where rocky escarpments mix with huge vertical walls standing well over 1,000 metres. Over this Sierra, the Santiago Pilgrim Trail arrives in Logroño and offers wonderful views of vineyards and poplar groves which, in places, hide the course of the river.

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Flora y fauna ZEPAS

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La Rioja has six natural areas that form part of the Natura 2000 Network, some as Special Protection Areas for birds (SPABs).

 

The La Demanda, Urbión, Cebollera and Cameros Mountain Ranges on the border with the provinces of Soria and Burgos and high mountains in the Iberian Range such as San Lorenzo ( 2271 m), Los Picos de Urbión ( 2228 m) and La Mesa de Cebollera ( 2168 m). The habitat is mainly highland moors and juniper groves, beech groves, conifer forests, mixed forests and felling areas. 
The area also contains a number of protected species such as the short toed eagle, the golden eagle, the grey partridge, the northern harrier, the honey buzzard, the booted eagle and the horned owl.

 

La Sierra de Alcarama, located in the middle of the Iberian Mountain Range on the border with Soria, is a complex web of gorges and ravines carved out of the rocks by the Rivers Alhama and Añamaza.

 

Iregua, Leza and Jubera Peaks, to the south of Logroño, among the foothills of the Northern Iberian Range, enjoy a cooler, more temperate climate. They are home to a number of protected species including the griffon vulture, falcons and the golden eagle.

 

The Obarenes Mountains are located in the Cantabrian Range in the north-western mountain massif of La Rioja, near the Iberian Range. The habitat mainly consists of low sclerophyllous hills with holm oak groves, crags, bare rocks and cliffs inhabited by protected species such as the Egyptian vulture, the peregrine falcon, the golden eagle, the horned owl, Bonelli’s eagle and the griffon vulture.

 

Arnedillo and Peñalmonte Peaks and Peña Isasa, in La Rioja Baja, encompass part of the River Cidacos in the municipalities of Arnedillo, Préjano, Arnedo and Muro de Aguas. The griffon vulture and the horned owl can often be seen in this area.

 

Groves and Ebro River Banks. All along the River Ebro there are a number of zones with woods and copses overlooking its banks, true oases in the deforested Ebro basin and a key element in maintaining biodiversity. The vegetation in these groves is dominated by white and black poplars, as well as by willows, elms, ashes, alders and tarays.

For more information about the flora and fauna of La Rioja, visit the Directorate – General for the Environment’s website at www.larioja.org/ma or click here.

- See more at: http://www.lariojaturismo.com/flora_fauna_zepas/index.php#sthash.1VLivmWE.dpuf

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