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Which village to pick in La Rioja

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Which village to pick in La Rioja

Hi there!

My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to North West Spain from the 20th July until 3rd August

We will be flying into San Sebastian and staying there for 3 nights before we hire a car and drive down to the La Rioja region.

Unfortunately we will only have two nights to spend in the area so we would like to get some advice on where would be the best place to stay.

We are in our late 20's and absolutely love good food and wine but are definitely past our hard partying years.

Our ideal night usually involves finding a place serving the best local produce and sitting down to indulge in a romantic meal in a beautiful setting and soaking up the atmosphere/views.

I suppose we are looking for a village that really embodies local life and doesn't feel too touristy!

We would also like to be in a location that is well placed to visit a few of the smaller more traditional wineries.

I have heard that Laguardia and Briones could fit our requirements but if anyone has any other advice we would love to hear it!

We usually like to stay in small B&B's, apartments, small family run hotels or boutique hotels- anything to keep things personal :) and we have a mid priced budget

Thank you for your help!

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1. Re: Which village to pick in La Rioja

Rosie:

Briones is a very nice town, but too small. I suggest Haro.

Haro is a town with a population of about 12,000, about 44 km from Logroño. Its main industry is the production of wines, and there are many bodegas in the town, which attract tourists. It calls itself the capital of La Rioja. The Ebro River and the Tiron River are adjacent to the town. There are records that show its existence in Roman times. Diego Lopez de Haro and his family have ruled the town since 1093. The town installed electric street lights in 1891, being the first town in Spain to have these. Jerez de la Frontera, also a center of wine production, was also the other first town to have the electric street lights. The land contains plenty of limestone, and the good climate has allowed the production of quality wine. The landscape shows rolling hills dotted with vineyards. Haro has been noted to have produced wine since the 14th century. On June 29 there is the celebration of the feast day of San Pedro and the Battle of Wine takes place on a hill near Haro called Riscos de Bilibio. Thousands of tourists come to the town for this event, which has been declared as of National Touristic Interest by the government.

The Church of Santo Tomas is the most valuable monument of Haro. Its construction was started in the 16th century by Juan de Rasines, but the work was finished in the 17th century. The church is made of ashlar. There is a slender Baroque tower that was constructed in 1671 by Juan de Raon. The main entrance was designed to look like a Plateresque altarpiece under an arch, and this was the work of Felipe Vigarny in 1516. At the top there is an image of the Eternal Father, between the coats of arms of the Haro Family. Below this are four scenes of the Passion of Christ, and others of Santo Tomas and the Resurrection. On the sides of the entrance are sculptures of the saints in vaulted niches. The interior has the Gothic style and has three naves that are covered with starred vaults that are supported by pointed arches and cylindrical columns. The main altarpiece is Baroque and was created by Fray Pedro Martinez. There is a large Baroque organ with 1700 tubes.

The Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Vega honors the patron saint of Haro. The image of the Virgin Mary dates from the 14th century. The Basilica occupies a place which had a church that dated from 1184. The present church was built in 1703 by Bernardo de Munilla and Juan de Villanueva. The main entrance has an arch which has the statues of San Pedro and San Pablo. The main altarpiece has a Baroque design.

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2. Re: Which village to pick in La Rioja

Laguardia, Villabuena, Elciego or Samaniego are your best choices in my opinion.

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3. Re: Which village to pick in La Rioja

Thank you both for your replies :)

Edited: 31 May 2014, 11:35
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