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Rioja and the River Ebro Self-Guided

Rioja and the River Ebro Self-Guided

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  • Region Region Northern Spain
  • Tour Type Tour Type Self Guided (Open Departure)
  • Duration Duration 7 days
  • Bike Type Bike Types Road, Hybrid, Touring & e-bike

Core Route

315 Kilometres
2 (Moderate) Difficulty Level: 2 (Moderate)
Average Distance per Day: 53 km
0 100 km
Average Elevation Gain per Day: 564 km
0 1000 km

Extended Route

390 Kilometres
2 (Moderate) Difficulty Level: 2 (Moderate)
Average Distance per Day: 65 km
0 100 km
Average Elevation Gain per Day: 649 km
0 1000 km
April - October from
€1025
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Summary

The small province of La Rioja is distinguished by its ochre-coloured earth and bright blue skies, and of course by the world-famous wine. The upper Rioja produces some of Spain’s finest and most memorable reds. Our Rioja tour includes some of the best cycling in North Spain. It follows a stretch of the River Ebro which is the longest river in Spain flowing from close to the Atlantic all the way to the Mediterranean. We start at the source and commence the cycle of the Ebro River, following it through the regions of Cantabria, Castile, Basque Country and La Rioja. We start close to the Ski resort at Alto Campoo in the midst of green pastures and immense forests, and as we descend the climate and vegetation slowly become more Mediterranean in style. The river begins to form huge canyons which wouldn’t look out of a place in a Western Movie. A succession of wide valleys and more canyons follows, dotted with tiny quaint villages, beautiful churches and impressive castles.

The prosperous region is famed throughout the world for the wine it exports, but the simple authenticity, charm and beauty of the area are what truly set it apart.

Various popular festivals held throughout the region celebrate viticulture. The Vendimia Riojana is held during the third week of September in the city of Logroño to celebrate the grape harvest; festivities include a parade of carts, bullfights and of course the wine ...

Highlights

  • Fantastic unspoilt scenery of every variety

  • Monastery of Montesclaros

  • The Ebro Reservoir

  • Romanesque Churches of San Martin de Elines and San Pedro de Tejada

  • Dramatic village of Puentedey over the River Nela

  • The castles of Medina De Pomar and Frais

  • The Rioja vineyards, the Bodegas, and the wine way of life

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast

  • 5 Evening meals

  • Luggage Transfers

  • Pre-trip planner

  • All routing, maps, cue sheets and gpx tracks

  • Emergency telephone support

  • Meet, greet and bike fitting

  • Regional Handbook

Extras

  • Bike rental

  • Two evening meals

Pricing

  • Core Tour Cost (inc 5 evening meals & Luggage Transfers)
    €1025

  • Hybrid bicycle rental
    €130

  • Road bicycle rental
    €160

  • E-Bike bicycle rental
    €195

  • Single Supplement
    €270

Day 1

Arrive in Campoo, where our representative will meet you, fit you out on your bike and take you through your itinerary.

2

Campoo- Polientes (61km)- This stage takes us through some fabulous and unspoilt scenery. From the green mountain pastures of the Cantabrian Mountains, along the shores of the Ebro Reservoir, past the Monastery of Montesclaros surrounded by forests to finally rejoin the Ebro in the Valley of Valderredible and tonight’s stop in Polientes. Those on the short version follow the river direct to Polientes. The longer version circumnavigates the Ebro Reservoir.

3

Day 3 Polientees - Pasquerra de Ebro (43km)

We begin by cycling through the open valley of Valderredible. Take the opportunity to visit the Romanesque church of San Martín de Elines and also the churches carved into the very rock which are so characteristic of this region. As we progress down the river, the sides of the valley begin to close in until we find ourselves in a marvellous canyon of ever-increasing dimensions, where eagles and vultures soar overhead. Stop to visit the fairytale village of Orbaneja del Castillo

with its cascades running through the village. As we approach Pesquera, the canyon of the Ebro reaches unbelievable dimensions before we finally reach the attractive village that will be tonight’s resting-place.

4

Pesquera de Ebro – Medina de Pomar (36km)

A beautiful route which follows a huge bend of the river through the most picturesque and undiscovered villages. An optional extension takes us to the dramatic village of Puentedey,built on a natural rock bridge over the River Nela. Tonight we stay in the Castillian town of Medina de Pomar with its old Jewish quarter and the castle dominating the town and the surrounding landscape.

5

Medina de Pomar- Frias (60km)

From Medina, we head back to the Ebro, the route then takes us along a quiet country road running parallel to the river where the valley begins to open out again. Visit the Romanesque church of San Pedro de Tejada and soon we are cycling through yet another canyon, which then opens out into the fertile valley around Frías. This is a spectacular village built around its castle and enjoying fine views of the Ebro Valley.

6

Frías - Haro (65km)

As we leave Frías, the valley begins to close in on us again until we find ourselves in another spectacular canyon. The road runs along the shores of a reservoir surrounded by high mountains and through short tunnels carved out of rock. The route crosses the little town of Miranda del Ebro before passing through imposing peaks that signal the gateway to the enormous open valley of La Rioja. Tonight is spent in the wine-producing village of Haro, with a chance to drink a glass or two of Rioja in its birthplace.

7

Haro – Laguardia (50km)

We cycle through endless vineyards and numerous picturesque villages of La Rioja, with the backdrop of the Sierra de Cantabria mountains and the Ebro never too far away. We finally reach the superb walled medieval village of Laguardia where, as in Haro, wine is almost a way of life.

Route Map

Essentials

Accommodation

The standard accommodations for the self-guided itineraries are a wonderful mix of country inns, rural posadas, and three or four star hotels. Generally, these have around 10 to 20 guest rooms and the owners live on the premises. Some of the smaller hotels do not have a restaurant, but there will always be several options close by, within easy walking distance. Most will have at least one English speaker on the staff.

The Spanish breakfast is light. Most hotels serve a continental breakfast of orange juice, coffee, tea or hot chocolate, bread rolls and jam. There may also be yogurt, cheeses, cured meats, pastries and cakes.

When you book a tour, your pre-trip planner will have more details about the specific facilities and services provided by the accommodations.

Examples of our Spanish hotels include;

Getting there

Santander is the main access city for the region. We can arrange collection and transportation to Campoo

AIR

Santander and Bilbao are the most convenient airports for travel to and from the region. Santander is the closest but Bilbao has a greater selection of flights and destinations. Bilbao Airport is 100 km from Santander.

  • Santander Airport » Santander
    Taxi or bus

  • Bilbao Airport » Santander
    Bus or taxi from Bilbao Airport to Bilbao Bus Station, then ALSA bus to Santander

RAIL

Two railway companies serve Santander:

  • RENFE is the Spanish inter-city line. There are 3 trains a day to and from Madrid, the journey taking about 5½ hours. There are no direct trains to Barcelona.

  • FEVE – operates narrow gauge trains which run west from Bilbao tawards Oviedo. Trains are punctual, reliable and slow. Bikes are carried on the trains. The 100 km journey from Santander to Bilbao takes around 3 hours.

FERRIES (from the UK)

Brittany ferries operate a service from Plymouth to Santander – the crossing takes 21 hours.
P & O operate a ferry service from Porstmouth to Bilbao – time around 34 hours

BUS

ALSA (National Express) operates a frequent service between Santander and Bilbao. The same company also runs a service between Santander and Madrid – 6 times a day with duration of around 6 hours.

Fixed Costs

€1025 to include;

  • 7 nights' accommodation and breakfast
  • 5 dinners
  • luggage transfers
  • all maps, routing and cue sheets
  • Information pack
  • meet, greet and bike fitting

Optional costs

Bike Rental

Trek FX (male frame)

Standard rental

  • 5 frame sizes
  • Alloy Frame
  • Central suspension forks

Bring your own saddle and/or pedals if you wish and we will fit them to the bike. (You must be able to remove them yourself at the end of your trip)

Fitted withRear rack; platform pedals, bottle cage, fenders (mudguards)
Equipment provided
handlebar bag; map case; spare tube; puncture repair kit; lock; mini pump; multitool
On request
panniers, helmet, gel saddle cover; SPD pedals; odometer; cages and straps
Not fitted/supplied
lights; water bottle


Trek FX (female frame)

Standard rental

  • 5 frame sizes
  • Alloy Frame
  • Central suspension forks

Bring your own saddle and/or pedals if you wish and we will fit them to the bike. (You must be able to remove them yourself at the end of your trip)

Fitted with
Rear rack; platform pedals, bottle cage, fenders (mudguards)
Equipment provided
handlebar bag; map case; spare tube; puncture repair kit; lock; mini pump; multitool
On request
panniers, helmet, gel saddle cover; SPD pedals; odometer; cages and straps
Not fitted/supplied
lights; water bottle

Cube Attain

Carbon Road Bike

  • 6 frame sizes
  • GTC Monocoque Twin Mold Technology, Road Comfort Geometry
  • CUBE CSL Race, One Piece 3D Forged Steerer/Crown, Carbon Blades, 1 1/8" - 1 1/4" Tapered

Bring your own saddle and/or pedals if you wish and we will fit them to the bike. (You must be able to remove them yourself at the end of your trip)

Fitted with
platform pedals, bottle cage
Equipment provided
seatpost bag; helmet; odometer; spare tube; puncture repair kit; lock; mini pump; multitool; water bottle; tyre levers
On request
helmet; SPD (MTB pedals); cages and straps for platform pedals
Not fitted/supplied
lights


Cube Axial

Carbon Road Bike

  • 4 frame sizes
  • GTC Monocoque Twin Mold Technology, Road Comfort Geometry
  • CUBE CSL Race, One Piece 3D Forged Steerer/Crown, Carbon Blades, 1 1/8" - 1 1/4" Tapered

Bring your own saddle and/or pedals if you wish and we will fit them to the bike. (You must be able to remove them yourself at the end of your trip)

Fitted with
platform pedals, bottle cage
Equipment provided
seatpost bag; helmet; odometer; spare tube; puncture repair kit; lock; mini pump; multitool; water bottle; tyre levers
On request
helmet; SPD (MTB pedals); cages and straps for platform pedals
Not fitted/supplied
lights

Neomouv Montana


E-bike

  • Alloy Frame
  • Central suspension forks

Bring your own saddle and/or pedals if you wish and we will fit them to the bike. (You must be able to remove them yourself at the end of your trip)

Fitted withRear rack; platform pedals, bottle cage, fenders (mudguards)
Equipment provided
handlebar bag; map case; spare tube; puncture repair kit; lock; mini pump; multitool
On request
panniers, helmet, gel saddle cover; SPD pedals; odometer; cages and straps
Not fitted/supplied
lights; water bottle
Core Tour Cost €1025
Hybrid Bike Rental €120
Road Bike Rental €160
E-Bike Rental €175

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