Let yourself be seduced by the ancient wine-producing culture of the Rioja and Navarre territories and enjoy its rich historic and artistic heritage.
Rioja is synonymous with wine and, in this area, this culture is a way of life to be experienced if visiting it. We start our journey in the historical Calahorra and its Roman remains, where it is recommended to visit the Cathedral of Calahorra and the Episcopal Palace. It is the ideal starting point to get to know La Rioja Baja, commencing on the also known as the Rioja Oriental Wine Route. In Aldeanueva del Ebro, you can visit the first Wine Museum, located in the Hermitage of Nuestra Se√Īora del Portal, or fantastic wineries where exquisite wines are made, such as the Vi√Īa Herminia or Torres Librada wineries, the latter located in Alfaro (Alfaro). The Romanesque route, which is also highly recommended, offers two nearby areas that stand out: the Estella route (45 km) and the N√°jera route (65 km), as well as the Dinosaur route (30 km), which includes more than 40 Ichnite sites (fossilized footprints). La Rioja is the land of wine; a privileged place where this product reaches is pinnacle. Near to Calahorra, you will be able to visit the wineries of Rioja Baja such as the Bodega Torres Librada (Alfaro) or the Bodega Rioja Baja: Bodegas Vi√Īa Herminia (Aldeanuela del Ebro). In Calahorra it is recommendable to visit the Cathedral and the Episcopal Palace. Seasonal Calaguritan vegetables, lamb meat and fruits, paired with good Rioja wine, will make your stay unforgettable. And if you have time to relax, you can enjoy relaxing natural hot springs in the Arnedillo pools just 30 kilometres away.
When you get to Olite and see the silhouette on the horizon, you will feel that there is still a lot more to discover. The town gives us the opportunity to visit the Palacio de los Reyes de Navarra palace, the Santa Mar√≠a la Real church, the San Pedro Ap√≥stol church and the Plaza de Carlos III square. You will be able to discover the world of wine at the Wine and Vineyard Museum of Navarra that is located in the same beautiful square as the Parador. The wineries of Piedemonte, Marco Real and Ochoa are all of interest in the town of Olite.
The town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada is an excellent starting point to discover Rioja Alta in all its beauty and wine-growing heritage, known world-over. It is recommendable to discover the Onta√Ī√≥n winery-museum (Logro√Īo), the Oenological Station of Haro (Haro), the museum of the Vivanco Wine Culture (Briones) as well as some of the wineries of this DOC that can be visited or going on a route of the ‚ÄúWine Architecture‚ÄĚ (Gehry, Calatrava, Moneo, etc.). In Santo Domingo you will be able to discover the Extenta Tower, the Cathedral (main alterpiece, the mausoleum of the saint, the hen house and the cloister), or nearby the town of San Mill√°n de la Cogolla, the San Mill√°n de Yuso Monastery and the San Mill√°n de Suso Monastery. Because of its location in the middle of the Jacobean route, the Parador is an ideal place for those who want to enjoy rural tourism, sports such as golf or hiking and the Valdezcaray ski station. The wines of the area combine perfectly with the famous Riojan cuisine, which is a must: Rioja-style potatoes, stuffed piquillo peppers, Rioja-style cod, vegetable stew from La Ribera... without forgetting some lamb chops roasted with vine shoots. Note: The catering services for the clients who book the route with the half-board option will be offered in the nearby Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada (400 meters).