La Rioja Travel Guide
La Rioja Attractions
Museo de la Rioja - Historians and art lovers will enjoy a visit to this Baroque palace in Logrono,the capital of La Rioja. The museum houses an interesting collection of Reinaissance and Impressionist works, which were confiscated from monastries and convents in 1835.
Haro - This little town is the center of La Rioja's wine production. Take a tour of the wine cellars or bodegas and let the proud vintners ply you with plenty of local vino. Good Spanish wine can be bought at one of the many shops on C. Santos Tomas.
Catedral de Santo Domingo - This Romanesque church was built in the eleventh century by King Alfonso VI and dedicated to Saint Domingo , a pios hermit who lived in the area. A climb up the tower of the cathedral rewards with stunning views of the city.
Camino de Santiago - A part of the Camino de Santiago, known in English as the 'Way of Saint James', leads through the La Rioja region of Spain. Along the way there are monasteries which are of high cultural and artistic importance, as the first text ever written in Castilian Spanish was done here.
Las Fiestas De San Mateo Held in the middle of September starting on the 20th the fiestas of San Mateo celebrate the grape harvest. The Chupinazo on the 20th signals the start of the celebrations and has to be seen to be believed, just don't wear your best clothes. The rest of the week is great homage to all things Riojan. JUST DO IT!
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La Rioja Restaurants and Bars
La Rioja Restaurants
La Taberna de Portales - This tavern is right across the road to the Cathedral de Santa Maria in Logrono. Enjoy a delicious lunch of cordobes or the logronesa while watching the lively plaza across the way.
Restaurante Casa Toni - Zumalacarregui, San Vincente de La Sonsierra. This popular restaurant is located in a cluster of small villages in the centre of La Rioja. Here you can enjoy an excellent contemporary as well as a few regional dishes including the outstanding house wine for under 50Euros.
Restaurante Ariño Jatexea - Labastida. Dine on a hearty meal in the traditional Basque style in this family owned and operated neighbourhood restaurant. Two can dine on a mixed salad, alubias roja (red beans stew), chuleon bue (a very large veal chop) an excellent house rioja and homemade desert, for around 50Euros.
La Rioja Bars & Clubs
Café Bar Iruna - Plaza de Castillo. This famous bar was the hang out of Hemingway; the whole area of Plaza de Castillo is the nightlife hub of the Pamplona party animal.
Parte Vieja, San Sebastian - this is not a bar, but a two block radius with a bumper crop of around 30 bars. This is where serious bar hopping happens. Try a zurrito beer or the local Basque wine- txacoli.
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