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If you have chosen La Rioja to spend a weekend or if you are thinking about it, here's a suggestion to make good use of your time and discover the basics:Friday:If you arrive in La Rioja on Friday afternoon, visit Calle Laurel or Calle San Juan in Logroño or the Herradura in Haro. Trying the specialities of each bar, along with the House Rioja is the best way to start your visit to La Rioja and learn about the culture of wine.
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.
¿Te gustaría aprender a hacer iglús?,¿ser detective en el bosque y poder interpretar las huellas en la nieve para saber si son de corzo, de zorro o de garduña?, ¿Ser agricultor por un día, podar un viñedo y degustar a continuación un almuerzo típico riojano?
Estos son unos pocos ejemplos de la extensa oferta que La Rioja Turismo te propone como “Actividades de La Rioja en invierno”.
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La Rioja is most famous for its pinchos (small tapas) and wine. Shall we go out for pinchos?
Our suggestion to enjoy a day around wine and culture begins in the Vivanco Museum of the Culture of Wine, in the town of Briones. This museum is an essential visit to learn how wine is made, aged and distributed. Learn all sorts of trivia about this product and discover the amazing influence of wine in cultures across the world.
Do not leave La Rioja without enjoying a walk through the vineyards, which have such special characteristics at each time of the year. If you wish you can hire the services of a guide who will explain the grape growing tasks while you walk between the vineyards. You can even get to know the vineyards by bicycle, on horseback, from a canoe or from a hot-air balloon. There are several companies in La Rioja which offer these services.
La Rioja can be an adventure for children. Where else are they going to find dinosaurs, castles, windmills, waterfalls and adventure?Start by discovering the oldest animals on earth. The dinosaurs left their tracks in La Rioja thousands of years ago and can still be seen. Can you imagine your hand within the footprint of a dinosaur? Try to see who leaves the biggest impression.To understand the lives of these animals, how they left their tracks and above all, how the tracks have survived until present day, you have to visit Barranco Perdido, a complete palaeoadventure park where children can pretend to be explorers and families enjoy themselves while learning. In Enciso and other locations around you will discover most of the finds, life-size replicas of animals and the most curious stories: a struggle between dinosaurs, a whole family, a lame dinosaur... Yes, oddly enough, you can see all this in La Rioja.Wine can also be fun for children, who cannot drink it, but they can learn how the must is made, taste it while their elders taste the wines and admire the enormous wineries with their stainless steel tanks that look like spacecraft, play among the vineyards, learning how grapes are picked, how the vines are cared for... The possibilities are many and children love to behave like grown-ups in a grape juice tasting session and learn how grapes turn into wine... a mystery, isn't it?But family fun does not stop there. Did you know that La Rioja is full of castles? With famous battles and everything, like Clavijo Castle, where Santiago appeared on his famous white horse to win the battle.Between castles and monasteries you can live medieval tales of princes and kings, like the King of Nájera - Pamplona, who was hunting one day when he spotted a dove that led him to a cave in which he found an image of the Virgin Mary, a bunch of lilies, a bell and an oil lamp. In that same place he built the Monastery of Santa María la Real de Nájera and if you visit it with children you can enter the cave at the back of the pantheon where the kings are buried.La Rioja is full of medieval legends, such as the hen that crowed after being roasted in Santo Domingo de la Calzada. In the cathedral there is a chicken coop with live chicken and cock who crows for visitors.Also hiding in a forest in La Rioja there is the small monastery of Suso (almost a shrine) where centuries ago the first words were written in the Spanish language and also in Basque, on the margin of a book written in Latin, like a side note written on a textbook.If you're looking for adventure, what you need are sport activities: snowshoes, bicycles and horses among the vineyards, hiking picking blackberries or other wild fruit... What seems most fun?Also in La Rioja you can have fun while learning, in the Interpretation Centres (transhumance, bee-keeping, snow, celtiberian, the groves of the Ebro), by visiting a wind- or water mill, by playing in the House of Sciences or enjoying activities at the Vivanco Museum of the Culture of Wine or family visits to the Würth Museum of Modern Art.You thought that the children would get bored in La Rioja?