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The Biosphere Reserve of La Rioja is a large area that occupies almost a quarter of the southeastern part of the region. It has a geographical, climatic and landscape homogeneity that gives it a very high environmental value. The Leza, Jubera, Cidacos and Alhama Valleys were listed as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO on 9 July 2003.
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.orgwww.molinodeocón.org
Disfruta de las expericencias que La Rioja te propone para este verano con actividades para todo los públicos y a cualquier hora del día, como visitas a viñedos y bodegas y experiencias alternativas en torno al mundo del vino, diferentes recorridos para disfrutar de La Rioja por el aire o múltiples actividades culturales-turísticas, con más de setenta y cinco propuestas vinculadas al ocio, vino, la cultura y la naturaleza.
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Autumn is an ideal time to wander the hills and valleys of La Rioja. Everything is tinged with red and yellow thanks to the beech forests and vineyards. If what you like is enjoying the landscape and nature, we suggest some special places for their beauty, their surroundings or the fun they offer visitors. To begin, you should visit the Sierra Cebollera Nature Reserve. This reserve starts from the Sierra de Cameros and has some curious landscapes, a chapel with ancient traditions, like 'the charities' and even a park of sculptures made with landscape components. The best way to start your visit to the park is to visit the Interpretation Centre, located in Villoslada de Cameros. You will learn about the natural wealth of the reserve, its flora, fauna and all the secrets it hides. After passing through the Nature Reserve Interpretation Centre, you can choose to visit the Transhumance Interpretation Centre, which explains the importance that this cattle practice had in this area of La Rioja or go to the pretty village of Ortigosa of Cameros and visit its tourist caves. Try searching for a poodle among the stalactites and stalagmites! You can also request information at the interpretation centres or the Cameros Tourist Office to visit a unique natural area that is close by, the Puente Ra waterfall. Water is the protagonist in this environment. Make sure your camera is ready because all the pictures that serve in this area will be eligible to appear among your favourites. Going back towards the capital, we suggest you go off the main road to visit the Camero Viejo. This is the least populated area but it retains all the charm of small mountain villages. The road turns into a succession of bends, bordering the grand canyon created by the River Leza. Do not miss the climb to the village of Trevijano, hanging over the canyon, from where you will see griffon vultures flying. You can stop in the town of Soto de Cameros, where the famous Soto Marzipans everyone here has at Christmas are made. Ask any local what the Almazuelas are. You will be surprised by the abundance of colour. To complete your visit to Cameros, we suggest some sports tourism. The opportunities in this area are many: hiking, biking, 4x4, canyoning, caving, paragliding ... Do you dare give it a try?
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.
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?
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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