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Route for Trekking bikes among the vineyards of La Rioja

CULINARY BIKE TOUR

3 or 4 exceptional cycling days through the Iregua Valley, the slopes of the Cantabria Range, and the Vineyards, Wineries and monumental Villages of the Ebro basin.

With double accommodation in 2xH2 nights at each hotelformat at our PUNTOS BIKE in LOGROÑO and LAGUARDIA

style - trek bike -
With different proposals of difficulty, from the most demanding to the SLOWs.

Red Autumn in La Rioja.
The trekking bike route in La Rioja.
Late Fall. In our opinion the best time to visit La Rioja.
Hole in the clouds over Nalda, -Iregua Valley-
Vineyards of Elciego, Bodegas Marqués de Riscal and Sierra de Cantabria Range
The author of the track posing for the camera in the vicinity of Laguardia
Multi-colored vineyards in FUENTES DEL VINO LAGUARDIA
End of stage and end of day over Laguardia
Villa de Laguardia, a 4 * Hotel, at the quality level of the route
Autumn Vineyards ... Cycling SLOW
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This route takes place in the Valley, between the cliffs of the Sierra de Cantabria and Montaña Alavesa in the North and the Ranges of Cameros and La Demanda in the South.

In the middle; The Rioja. Infinite vineyards, designer wineries, monumental villas saturated with history and the backbone of the Ebro in the center feeding everything.

This options of the route, for trekking or gravel bikes articulate most of their kilometers along the small roads, tracks and paths, expanding like a mesh throughout the Ebro basin.
The route can be summarized as an uninterrupted sequence of villas, wineries, vineyards and meanders that claim all of them and at all times their indisputable uniqueness.
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Self-guided Package 4 Stages / 4 Nights

FUENTES del VINO - LAGUARDIA

What does

CULINARY BIKE TOUR mean ?

We label some of our Packs this way when we add Gastronomic Experiences to them, substituting the standard dinner normally included in the hotel´s half-board regime.

The catering establishments -usually different from the hotel where we stay- have been carefully chosen to complement the sporting aspect of the route with gastronomic proposals at a higher level than usual.



Atardecer en La Rioja

Stage A:Circular Iregua Valley
Distance: 54 / 39 km   Unevenness: 525 / 280 m

Stage B:Logroño - Laguardia
Distance: 47 / 32 km   Unevenness: 550 / 435 m

Stage C:Circular Laguardia Ebro Valley
Distance: 66 / 30 km   Unevenness: 810 / 505 m

Stage D: Laguardia - Logroño
Distance: 50 / 21 km   Unevenness: 925 / 170 m

Standar Option 4 Stages
Distance: 218 km   Unevenness: 2.810 m

SLOW Option 4 Stages
Distance: 122 km   Unevenness: 1.390 m

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ElVillar - Dolmen de la Hechicera

Stage A: Logroño - Logroño
Distance: 54 km   Unevenness: 525 m

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We begin the day taking altitude over Logroño among the facilities of Bodegas Campoviejo. Already immersed in the first "sea of vineyards" of the day, we arrive at Fuenmayor along the old road that connects this town with Logroño.
After a comfortable section between the monumental towns of Fuenmayor and Navarrete, we cut the Camino de Santiago and without a clear transition we enter the Iregua lands where the 2nd part of the stage takes place. Vineyards now make it possible to intersperse other crops and activities in the landscape and stop monopolizing everything. Thus we enter what we sometimes call Iregua Valley, a place with reminiscence of the American National Parks. The vertical cliffs of Peña Bajenza and the Portal de Cameros give the final character to the stage.
Once we have reached the banks of the Iregua, the thousand-year-old Roman path which linked Soria with Logroño will guide us back to the end of the stage in the capital of La Rioja.

SLOW Option: Logroño - Logroño
Distance: 39 km   Unevenness: 280 m

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If we opt for the SLOW of the route, the essential difference will be that we will eliminate the initial 17 kilometers between Logroño and Navarrete and replace them with the section of the Camino de Santiago that joins these points.

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The cliffs of Portal de Cameros close the Iregua Valley to the South. The Village of Islallana will be the return point in the circular stage A of Fuentes del Vino Laguardia.

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Iregua Valley

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In the first moments of the day we share a track with the popular Eroica hispania route.

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Participants of La Rioja Bike Race 2021 crossing the Iregua Valley .

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Singular Vineyard of Vínicola Real - 200 Monges caves in the area "Los Valles" sheltered by the Sierra de Cameros.

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Long sections of lonely road between Logroño and Fuenmayor.

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Sea of vineyards Logroño in its ambience.

   
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Stage B: Logroño - Laguardia
Distance: 47 km   Unevenness: 550 m


SLOW Option: Logroño - Laguardia
Distance: 32 km   Unevenness: 435 m

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Today's stage zigzags upriver to the rhythm of the meanders of the Ebro and the hard-working vineyards lined up on its stony soils. The Terroir of Viña Lanciano stands out for its exaggerated curvature on the map, one of the "singular wines" of Bodegas LAN. It shares geography with the medieval -perhaps Roman- bridge of Mantilbe, a construction that crossed the Ebro at this point -its current state makes its function impossible.

We change shore in Lapuebla de Labarca, a place name that tells us about the boat that for years was located in the place performing the functions that the bridge that replaces it does now. Leaving the last streets of the village behind, we headed back to the banks of the river and approached a long section (12 km) of powerful isolation that ends "abruptly" with the sudden appearance of the Villa de Elciego and the Gughemgiana Bodega de Marqués de Riscal, one of the first wineries of La Rioja, well worth a visit.
In the background, on a higher plane and deviated from the river basin, the end of the stage can be seen imposingly in the form of the "Walled town of Laguardia".

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In the vicinity of Logroño the Ebro is already a lonely river.

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Autumn atmosphere in the surroundings of El Cortijo.

Viña Lanciano

Riding through the "singular" vineyard Viña Lanciano, LAN wineries.

Mantilbe bridge

In the same place, old Roman / medieval bridge? of Mantilbe over the Ebro.

vineyards of Marques de Riscal

Demanding ramps in the tarmacs among vineyards of Marqués de Riscal.

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Carralogroño dry lagoon in the vicinity of Laguardia. In the background the Cantabria Range.

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Spectacular end of the stage in the Laguardia watchtower. In the foreground, Bodegas de Marqués de Riscal at Elciego.

   
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Stage C: Laguardia - Laguardia
Distance: 66 km   Unevenness: 810 m


SLOW Option: Laguardia - Laguardia
Distance: 30 km   Unevenness: 505 m

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This circular stage, beginning in LAGUARDIA extends well to the west the geographical area covered by FUENTES DEL VINO LAGUARDIA.

A quick descent looking for the bridge that connects the winery willages of Elciego and Cenicero deposits us at the bottom of the basin. If we wanted to "christen" today's itinerary name, it is very likely that the name chosen was "Viñedos del Ebro". Not surprisingly, for more than 40 kilometers (unless we choose the SLOW option) the curves of the meanders of the Ebro will also be ours.
We will "pivot" over the Castle of Davalillo -authentic lighthouse of the stage- first along the South bank to the medieval town of Briones, and after crossing the river again in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, we will take the North bank to Baños de Ebro crossing one of the most uninhabited places in the basin.

In our progress we will have left behind a practically countless number of vineyards, wineries, huts and the Vivanco de Briones Museum, one of the largest in the world in terms of wine-related themes.
From Baños de Ebro, the track moves away from the river, ascending towards the slopes of the Cantabria Range, passing through the villages of Villabuena de Alava, Leza and Páganos, returning to the walled watchtower of LAGUARDIA.

Ebro roads

The Ebro river will be our companion for much of today's stage.

Hut on the roads of the Ebro Hut in La Veguilla

Chozos, characteristic element of the Riojan vineyard. Normally of simple construction and sometimes more spectacular, like this one in the La Veguilla vineyards.

Davalillo Castle Davalillo Castle seen from the vineyard

Davalillo Castle, impressive watchtower over the territory of La Rioja. Among its main functions was to watch over the ford that the Ebro river hides at that point.

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Replenishing energy and water San Vicente de la Sonsierra.

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Imposing monumental complex Church / Castle and medieval bridge in San Vicente de la Sonsierra.

Cyclists in the vineyard arrival in Laguardia

One last effort to ascend to the watchtower of Laguardia.

Laguardia at night

End of the day at the Lakes complex in Laguardia.

   
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Stage D: Laguardia - Logroño
Distance: 50 km   Unevenness: 925 m


SLOW Option: Laguardia - Logroño
Distance: 21 km   Unevenness: 170 m

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The slopes of the Cantabria Range monopolize the territory that houses practically all the kilometers of this last stage that runs almost entirely through the Rioja Alavesa.

Small terraced vineyards "terroirs" adapt to the complicated morphology generated by the ravines that descend from the mountains. From this complexity and the multitude of microclimates that this generates, the possibility of "playing" with the modern concept of singular and author wines that characterize current oenology arises.

La Huesera, La Hechicera and El Encinar, the 3 dolmens that almost unintentionally link the track, reinforce backwards in time the historical sequence that began in the architectural contemporaneity of modern wineries and continued in the homogeneous medieval profile present in all the villages that we pass through. Elvillar, Kripán, Vinasperi, Iekora, the monumental Labraza... Demanding sequence of village-valley village-valley that gives the stage a PLUS in sporting terms over the previous stages of FUENTES DEL VINO LAGUARDIA. In our favor is the detail that all the valleys we cross allow us to "escape" -if the forces falter- in a southerly direction and downhill, towards the end of the stage in LOGROÑO.

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Dolmen de La Hechicera in the vicinity of Elvillar, a good place to rest in "eternity".

Cantabria Range

During today's stage the Cantabria Range is the undisputed protagonist.

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Dolmen El Encinar the last of the series of 3 dolmens that are visited in today's stage.

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A large part of today's stage takes place in the lands of Navarra. On the horizon, The Sleeping Lion.

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Vineyards of Rioja Alavesa.

Villa amurallada de Labraza

In the walled town of Labraza the route leaves the slopes of the Cantabria Range and descends towards the Ebro basin. We leave behind the sections with slopes that have given this last stage a somewhat more demanding character.

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End of stage, end of route and end of day. We descend towards Logroño and as always, vineyards.

   
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GASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCES

In this section you can see the Gastronomic Experiences available for this Pack.
Since one Gastronomic Experience per stage is included in the price of the Pack, the fact that the number of those that we present here is greater than the number of stages in the Pack indicates that if you wish you can select which of them to include in your Pack.
It is also possible that on certain dates or days of the week some of the establishments may be closed or perhaps full, so having more alternatives guarantees the availability of reservations.

LOGROÑO - TONDELUNA

TONDELUNA is a modern, informal and fun place that has prepared a FUENTES del VINO menu to introduce cyclists of the route to some of the secrets of modern Riojan cuisine.

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LOGROÑO - LA GALERÍA

LA GALERÍA is a space with minimalist architecture whose walls periodically house traveling exhibitions of painting artists, filling the space with art and color.
The menu FUENTES del VINO menu consists of a tasting always adapted to the season in which we visit the city, and we leave it in the hands of José Félix Rodríguez, a cook who trained at the Santo Domingo School and then continued to cultivate and develop his art in houses like Arzak, Martín Berasategui, Koldo Royo, Aitor Basabe and Ferrán Adriá.

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www.restaurantelagaleria.com

LAGUARDIA - CUEVA DE LOBOS

LAGUARDIA - CALAO BIAZTERI

LAGUARDIA - CALAO MAYOR DE MIGUELOA

Self-guided Package 3 / 4 Stages 3 / 4 Nights

FUENTES del VINO - LAGUARDIA TREK

CULINARY BIKE TOUR


Our PUNTO BIKE in LOGROÑO, is set in the Hotel GRAN VÍA, the best choice in town if we need to blend lodge and BIKE.

We speak about a 4-star establishment well sited in the center of the town and strongly involved in a large part of the sports and gastronomic activities linked to LOGROÑO.

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Lodging for stages with start in Laguardia

WINE OIL SPA Hotel Villa de Laguardia -

The base of LA RIOJA PUNTO BIKE in Laguardia is a 4 stars hotel located among vineyards, with a delightful spa (1.000 m2). Connected to the hotel is the WINE THEMED CENTER VILLA LUCÍA a place for tasting and degustations.

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INCLUDED

  • As many hotel nights as there are stages in the Pack, of Accommodation with breakfast in double room
  • As many dinners as there are stages in the Pack, in Gastronomic Experience format
  • Transport of luggage between hotels
    1 bag or package of a maximum of 20 kg per person
    If not needed, the cost of this service will be deducted from the proposal

  • Shower and luggage reception at the end of the last stage despite you don’t spend the night at the finalising point of the route
  • Tracks of the route in GPX format for mobile phones or GPS devices and printed map with each day routes options
  • Explanatory printed map-sketch of the different route options for each stage
    One per stage
  • Presentation of the route and delivery of information in hand the day of the arrival of the group to the hotel or the morning of the next day
  • Telephone assistance for incidents or consultations during the days of the contracted activity

NOT INCLUDED

  • Beers or other consumptions outside the proposed menus in the dinners or during the stay in hotels
  • Meals in restaurants at the time of the noon, unless it has been agreed previously to replace dinner with meals
  • Any kind of sports material, helmets, shoes, etc
  • Mechanical Assistance during the activity
    If possible, we will try to help you in case of a breakdown, but in many situations this help can be very limited due to lack of specific spare parts or other circumstances. The cost of the service if it can be done is € 18 per hour + € 0.40 per kilometer.
  • Anything not expressly indicated in the offer

   
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PACK 4 Stages - 4 Nights



2xH 2 nights at each hotel

938 € Price per person for groups of 6 or more people

952 € Price per person for groups of 4 or 5 people

1.048 € Price per person for groups of 3 people

1.016 € Price per person for groups of 2 people

Single room supplement: + 232 €
When the group is made up of an odd number of people, will be equally necessary an odd number of requests to access this supplement

PACK 3 Stages - 3 Nights

If you only have 3 days, we offer this option, which we think is the most appropriate. We eliminated the 1st stage in Logroño.

734 € Price per person for groups of 6 or more people

796 € Price per person for groups of 4 or 5 people

826 € Price per person for groups of 3 people

810 € Price per person for groups of 2 people

Single room supplement: + 172 €
When the group is made up of an odd number of people, will be equally necessary an odd number of requests to access this supplement

And you can add a Night with Breakfast at the end of the route -in the same hotel where you started it- - for 38 € per person in a double room or for 68 € in a single room

In these proposals when the groups are odd, the accommodation is offered in double rooms and a single room.
- TRIPLE ROOMS ARE NEVER USED -


Rates for the whole year, subject to availability.
The prices may vary when the dates coincide with the Easter holidays or with the Patron Festivities of any of the places of accommodation.

All the proposals presented on this website are sold through Pirineos PUNTO BIKE CIF 15954000-G
Inscribed in the Tourist Registry of Navarra with Code CI. NA-128

   
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  • Orientation: The route must be followed with a GPS device or with the mobile phone App that you are used to using for the same purpose.
       It is not advisable to try to learn how to use an App on the fly.
       There is no on-site signage.
  • Best time to go: The route can be done at any time of the year as long as there is no snow, something unusual in La Rioja.
       Spring and Autumn are usually the most pleasant seasons; in Summer it can be very hot and we must take more precautions.
  • Philosophy: The tour is designed so that the stages can be completed and we still have a large part of the day to enjoy the place where we are.
       However, if you want more hardness, all stages have their PLUS option.
  • Provisioning: La Rioja is not a desert. We will find towns with water and other services without too many difficulties.

   
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  • Airport/station pick up
  • Bicycle rental
    We put you in touch with a rental service in the nearest place to the route start point
  • Hire Asistance / Accident Insurance
    and / or Trip Cancellation Insurance
    Franchise of 15% of the cost of the Pack for the Free Withdrawal option

   
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