GRAVEL & GRAPES IN LA RIOJA

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“Red, rosé or white?”

This trip around La Rioja combines the best the region has to offer: perfect gravel trails, tapas, famous gastronomy, high mountain and the world’s best wine (if you ask the locals).

La Rioja, a small region huddled around the Ebro river valley in northern Spain, is famous for the quality of its wines, the large amount of cultural attractions and its impressive landscapes combining large vineyards, beautiful villages and an outstanding nature.

Our route, divided into three stages, will run from Logroño, the capital, to Ezcaray (a small town in an absolutely stunning location) through ochre-colored vineyards, walled medieval villages (some of them declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO) and high-mountain areas.

We’ll ride 342 kilometres (150 mi) and climb 3,804 meters (12,480 ft).

We will also enjoy quality accommodations, excellent foods and of course remarkable wines: the perfect complement for a unique cycling experience.

Below you’ll see a video of some XPDTN3 explorers scoping out the route for this trip. Remember that unlike the XPDTN3 members, participants of of 3Travel only need to carry their daily needs on the bike, not their entire luggage. Exact route & accommodations may change based on availability and other circumstances.

 

3 days 3.850 m
200 km Medium
1.180€ per person
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Your Head Tour Guide

Julian Bueno

We have over 15 Years
of experience

excellent care
and service

Guides & helpers speak
multiple
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Travel Stages

STAGE 1 – LOGROÑO-EZCARAY

The first stage of our journey, from Logroño to Ezcaray, has a special flavour: for most of the way it follows the world-famous Camino de Santiago (Saint James Way)—we needed only follow the ‘scallop’ signs that mark the route (and dodge the groups of peregrinos trudging along with huge backpacks towards the cathedral of Santiago).

Once we deviate from the Camino de Santiago route, our track starts winding through vineyards that grow all along the Ebro river valley, gradually gaining some altitude as we approach the mountains of Ezcaray.

A couple of extra stops to visit old monasteries and feed on tortilla de patatas and we can start noticing the changes on the landscape. Soon we climbed our first real pass. This is where winding gravel singletracks and amazing food await us.

 

STAGE 2 – SIERRA DE LA DEMANDA

If the first day is a Waltz, the second day is Rock ‘n’ Roll: a pure mountain stage. A long and slow climb is waiting for us just at the start of the day, gradually leading us to the top of the Sierra de la Demanda range. We will navigate among white carpets of humid clouds from 1,200 meters all the way to the top of the 2,000 meters climb. Then we are going to face a long and enjoyable downhill through pathways and dirty roads all the way down to Ezcaray. The evening is Ezcaray promises to be magical.

STAGE 3 – EZCARAY-LOGROÑO

The third and last stage is the recovery stage (from the riding, not the wine we hope). We´ll pedal the Via Verde (a repurposed old railway track) that winds up through the dry, yellow fields on the plains, and meanders through the Ebro river valley.

The Ebro is the river that makes the magic happen. Lots of meteorological conditions are needed to have the perfect climate for grapes and wine, and the Ebro provides exactly the right mix.

We´ll visit some of the most beautiful villages, such as Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Cenicero and Elciego before finally returning to Logroño.

 

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About your guide

Julian Bueno is a geographer, photographer, traveler, digital-map-maker, bike lover and route & event designer. In this way, and as an active and passionate person, Julian has collaborated and published several spanish mountain bike guide books and he is an active member of the Spanish Mountain Bike School (EEMTB). He likes to share his passions and to discover new routes and friends, spending also time steering many people through different cycling destinations. Overall, he feels movement as part of his life and he used to participate in marathon, roller skates challenges and general long distance events. You can chat with him about life, GPS secrets and innovative cycling gadgets. Now, he is part of the Projecting Adventure Cyclism.

 

 

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