La Rioja Itinerary – 3 Days To See Wineries And World Heritage In Spain

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With over 500 wineries and a wealth of UNESCO heritage, visiting La Rioja reveals an authentic Spanish way of life. It’s pure escapism with the safety blanket of quick access to other popular spots in Spain and the UK. But how to narrow down your choices? Start here, with our three day La Rioja itinerary. From our fabulous team member, Char Taylor.

Spain - La Rioja - Haro - woman standing in front of barrels

Visit La Rioja, drink wine and call it a cultural experience

Visiting La Rioja

Imagine an elderly gentleman sat at the side of the street playing chess. A mischievous glint in his eye as he catches your glance. His deep furrows filled with stories from years ago. His warm smile, inviting you to take a photo. That’s La Rioja.

So, are you ready to say hello?

Mosaic in Santo Domingo La Rioja Spain

Say hello to UNESCO World Heritage in La Rioja Spain – Santo Domingo de la Calzada

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I’d recommend spending three days in La Rioja and packing them full of different activities.

Day 1 in La Rioja – Haro

Take an early flight and enjoy an afternoon of fun. There are over 500 bodegas (that’s wineries to me and you) in La Rioja. Over 100 of them open their doors to the public, including CVNE.

Spain La Rioja Haro Wine Cemetery CVNE

Did you know there was such a thing as a wine cemetery?!

  • CVNE and the Wine Cemetery

Head straight from the airport to Bodegas CVNE for a wine tasting session and tour.

As well as beautiful cellars and freshly made bottles of the good stuff, CVNE is home to a wine cemetery. In Latin it means to rest forever, so this is where the best of the best are.

Although they are covered in mould, so you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise.

Allow a few hours for this experience. Tours and tastings start from 15.

Hotel Los Agustinos in Haro La Rioja Spain
  • Explore Haro and Dine at Hotel Los Agustinos

Head to Hotel Los Agustinos to check-in. This former convent, military garrison, jail and hospital, is thankfully now a 4-star hotel, proving a good base for the night.

Take a 5-minute stroll to the main square to soak up the charm of Haro, before heading back to get ready for dinner at the hotel in the gorgeous lobby.

Whilst the Castillian lamb gets rave reviews, it’s worth saving space for the gin and cava sorbet dessert.

hot air balloon ride in La Rioja

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