It’s no surprise that Spain continues to be one of the most popular foreign destinations for UK holidaymakers. With an array of beautiful beaches, bright sun and vibrant lifestyle, this colourful country has more secrets to offer for those willing to dive further in, including over 60 officially recognised wine production regions, the most famous being the Rioja region or La Rioja.

the end of August to October is the best time to see the vines when they’re ready to harvest

the end of August to October is the best time to see the vines when they’re ready to harvest

Rioja has long-been synonymous with Spanish wine-making and traditionally the renowned region only supplied wine to families within the area. It is here, in the rich sun-drenched earth of northern Spain where the region’s capital of Logroño sits.

To celebrate this vibrant town and rich region, we spoke to Elena Adell, Logroño local and Chief Winemaker at leading Rioja winery Campo Viejo for her favourite Logroño highlights to help you explore in and around the expressive and colourful Spanish town.

Time your trip to perfection – the end of August to October is the best time to see the vines when they’re ready to harvest. Why not visit the beautiful Campo Viejo vineyard, it’s just 1hour 30 minutes from Bilbao Airport and you can see all the sights in the local area in just 2-3 days.

Escape and relax – just one hour away from the town of Logroño is the breath-taking Parque Natural Sierra de Cebollera. Here you can take in a landscape of high mountains and large natural wild pine, beech and oak forests - the perfect place to escape and relax.

Experience the history – Monasterio de Yuso is two hours from Longroño and one of the oldest monasteries in Spain. Visitors can journey to when the first Spanish language was used and find the first Spanish words were written.

Discover classic Spain – A day trip to Laguardia is top of the list of attractions in this area. The historic walled town is steeped in history and transports you back to a classic Spanish settlement.

Explore local gastronomy – just 90 minutes from Logroño is Bilbao and San Sebastian, two gastronomic towns in the Basque country, famous for their “pinchos” as well as their food and wine offerings.

Dine alfresco – eating outside is a must in Logroño. Bara Sebas is the perfect place to do this whilst eating a traditional Spanish omelette with a glass of Campo Viejo Tempranillo in hand.

Sleep in luxury – after all the sightseeing, getting a good night sleep is crucial. Eurostars Fuerte Ruavieja Hotel is a hidden gem in the quiet town centre of Logroño. The beautiful décor and exterior along with the hospitable staff make for an unforgettable stay.

For more information on Campo Viejo winery tours visit www.campoviejo.com/uk/winery


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