La Rioja is the perfect location in Spain to get to know the Spanish wine. Many wineries and exquisite gastronomy are offered in this area of Spain. In the surroundings of the Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Parador de Santo Domingo Bernardo de Fresneda in La Rioja you will have the chance to taste delicious food made with local products, visit wineries and do wine tastings, explore the history and the culture of the village, go skiing in the Valdecaray Ski Resort and get to know one of the stops of the pilgrims of the Way of Saint James.
Exploring Santo Domingo de la Calzada
As one of the main stops in the French route of the Way of Saint James, Santo Domingo de la Calzada in the Community of La Rioja is a perfect example of what Santiago de Compostela, the last stop of the Way of Saint James has to offer.
Sights such as the Cathedral, the Plaza de España (Spain Square), the town hall, the Way of Saint James interpretive center, the Monastery of San Francisco and actual Parador de Santo Domingo Bernardo de Fresneda, the city walls, the old hospital of the pilgrims and actual Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada and many more are mandatory stops while in this Rioja village
Golf, hiking and skiing
Besides exploring Santo Domingo de la Calzada, nearby the Paradores you will also have the chance to play golf in a golf course located 5km away from the Parador. The Valdezcaray ski resort is 32km away from Santo Domingo de la Calzada, so this is a perfect option to take a skiing day-trip if the mountains are snowed. Last but not least, you will also have the chance to do some hiking routes at the natural landscapes in Ezcaray, Ojacastro, the natural Park of Sierra de Cebollera and many other spots.
Tasting the Rioja Gastronomy
In the Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada there is a wide culinary offer available for you to savor the fantastic cuisine of La Rioja. You will have the chance to choose between two amazing restaurants at the Parador to taste dishes such as patatas a la riojana and bacalao a la riojana which are potatoes and cod in pepper and tomato sauce, stuffed piquillo peppers and menestra which is sautéed mixed vegetables with local and fresh products, and of course, the meal would not be complete without the Rioja wine of your choice, it´s easy because they´re all excellent.
Visiting the winery and drinking the wine
As you may know, the area of La Rioja is specially known for the many wineries and exquisite wine that is produced there. Therefore, if you are in La Rioja, you have to visit a winery and learn about the process of production, and of course, tasting your preferred wines. In the area of Haro, approximately 20km away by car from the Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada you will find many vineyards and wineries that offer visits, tours and tastings of their wine. Definitely a mandatory experience to have in La Rioja.
So what do you think? Are you in the mood for exploring, hiking, eating and drinking in La Rioja? Don´t hesitate, book now at the Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada or Parador de Santo Domingo Bernardo de Fresneda, and start enjoying La Rioja and its Paradores.