+849 123 456 789

Award winning cycling tours of Ireland and Europe

Book online or call: +353 1 2600749

Email: info@cyclingsafaris.com


Spain - La Rioja Tour

Spain - La Rioja Tour

Degree of difficulty - B

Welcome to Spain's wine region at the very heart of the country where our safari meanders along parts of River Ebro, the longest river in Spain, flowing from its source in the Cantabrian Mountains down to the distant Mediterranean.

Starting from Riano we set off on a journey of varied cycle terrain not only characterised by magnificent vineyards but also a landscape of gorgeous flora made up of alpines and orchids etc, canyons with sculptured limestone and small rustic village offering a unique culture and history to embrace.

Our tour takes us through the beautiful valley of Valderredible and offers the chance to explore characteristic churches carved into rocks before we visit the 'fairytale village' of Orbaneja del Castillo with its waterfalls running through its center. We cycle along quiet country roads and spend a night in the spectacular Frias, a town built around its castle and with fine views of the Ebro valley. The safari also includes some splendid wine tasting at one of the renowned Bodegas as we stay in Haro, the birthplace of Rioja.

Our final destination is Laguardia, where you can explore the village and its historic walls dating back to the 13th century, or cycle up to the 'Balcony of La Rioja', with its incomparable views over the valley and across the neighbouring provinces of Soria, Navarra and Burgos.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier. 

Day 1 Transfer to Campoo
Arrival in Santander or Bilbao and transfer to our hotel in Campoo. 

Day 2 Campoo – Villanueva de la Nía 53km or 90 km
This stage takes us through some fabulous and unspoilt scenery. From the green mountain pastures of the Cantabrian Mountains, along the shores of the Ebro Reservoir, past the Monastery of Montesclaros surrounded by forests to finally rejoin the Ebro in the Valley of Valderredible and tonight’s stop in Villanueva de la Nía. Those on the short version follow the river direct to Villanueva. The longer version circumnavigates the Ebro Reservoir.

Day 3 Villanueva de la Nía – Pesquera de Ebro 53km
We begin by cycling through the open valley of Valderredible. Take the opportunity to visit the Romanesque church of San Martín de Elines and also the churches carved into the very rock which are so characteristic of this region. As we progress down the river, the sides of the valley begin to close in until we find ourselves in a marvellous canyon of ever-increasing dimensions, where eagles and vultures soar overhead. Stop to visit the fairytale village of Orbaneja del Castillo with its cascades running through the village. As we approach Pesquera, the canyon of the Ebro reaches unbelievable dimensions before we finally reach the attractive village that will be tonight’s resting-place. Route extentions are available today.

Day 4 Pesquera de Ebro – Medina de Pomar 36km or 63 km
A beautiful route which follows a huge bend of the river through the most picturesque and undiscovered villages. An optional extension takes us to the dramatic village of Puentedey, built on a natural rock bridge over the River Nela. Tonight we stay in the Castillian town of Medina de Pomar with its old Jewish quarter and the castle dominating the town and the surrounding landscape. (63 km – 39 miles with route extension to Puentedey)

Day 5 Medina de Pomar – Frías 56 km
From Medina, we head back to the Ebro, The route then takes us along a quiet country road running parallel to the river where the valley begins to open out again. Visit the Romanesque church of San Pedro de Tejada and soon we are cycling through yet another canyon, which then opens out into the fertile valley around Frías. This is a spectacular village built around its castle and enjoying fine views of the Ebro Valley.

Day 6 Frías – Haro 41 km or 58 km
As we leave Frías / Herrán, the valley begins to close in on us again until we find ourselves in another spectacular canyon. The road runs along the shores of a reservoir surrounded by high mountains and through short tunnels carved out of the rock. The route crosses the little town of Miranda del Ebro before passing through imposing peaks that signal the gateway to the enormous open valley of La Rioja. Tonight is spent in the wine-producing village of Haro, with a chance to drink a glass or two of Rioja in its birthplace. Our shorter route terminates in Miranda and we transfer you to Haro.

Day 7 Haro – Laguardia 50 km
We begin day seven with a visit to one of the many famous bodegas in Haro, complete with wine tasting. We then cycle through endless vineyards and numerous picturesque villages of La Rioja, with the backdrop of the Sierra de Cantabria mountains and the Ebro never too far away. We finally reach the superb walled medieval village of Laguardia where, as in Haro, wine is almost a way of life.
Short 25 km – 15 miles, Long 50 km – 31 miles

Day 8 End of services
After breakfast you will be transferred from Laguardia to Bilbao at 9am . (Transfer time approx. 2.5hrs)

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

€1120 per person sharing 
€1375 for single occupancy ( based on two sharing ) 

Tour Includes

  • 7 nights bed & breakfast accommodation
  • 21 speed hybrid bike or road bike
  • Luggage transfers
  • route descriptions and maps
  • set transfer on arrival day ( from Bilbao / Santander )
  • set transfer on departure day ( to Bilbao Santander )
    Please note it is more convenient to arrive in Santander and then depart from Bilbao.
  • €65 supplement for an e-bike
  • €45 supplement for a road bike
  • Tandems are available on request

Self Guided Tour Information

Self guided tour can start any Sunday from April to October

Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.

Ormas (Campoo)

Ormas Posada de Ormas Ormas Posada de Ormas1 Ormas Posada de Ormas2

Day 1: Posada de Ormas


Polientes Cuartelillo Viejo Polientes Cuartelillo Viejo1 Polientes Cuartelillo Viejo2

Day 2: Cuartelillo Viejo

Valle de Zamanzas

Valle de Zamanzas Posada Molino del Canto Valle de Zamanzas Posada Molino del Canto1 Valle de Zamanzas Posada Molino del Canto2

Day 3: Posada Molino del Canto

Medina de Pomar

Medina de Pomar Hotel Romanca Medina de Pomar Hotel Romanca1 Medina de Pomar Hotel Romanca2

Day 4: Hotel Romanca

Frias (Tobera)

Frias Poza de la Torca Frias Poza de la Torca1 Frias Poza de la Torca2

Day 5: Poza de la Torca


Haro Hotel Arrope Haro Hotel Arrope1 Haro Hotel Arrope2

Day 6: Hotel Arrope


Laguardia Hospederia de los Parajes Laguardia Hospederia de los Parajes1 Laguardia Hospederia de los Parajes2

Day 7: Hospederia de los Parajes

To get to the start point: 

Arrival in Santander or Bilbao and transfer from airport is included 

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

Tour map

We had a fantastic time on the Rioja tour, all the travel arrangements went according to plan and the guide was very obliging in terms of the airport transfer. We were very happy with the bikes, excellent condition. We loved this tour, the scenery was amazing, the cycling was excellent, the people were friendly, the wine and tapas went down very easily! 

Nicola Martin (La Rioja group July 2016)

Getting in Touch...

Cycling Safaris
Belfield Bike Shop,
UCD, Dublin 4,

Telephone: +353 1 2600749
Fax: +353 1 7161168


Office hours:
Monday to Friday 9.30am - 6pm

Find us on Facebook

Find out More...

schedule 2019


Book now 0

Tours 2019

We are currently updating our 2019 dates. Please bear with us!

See available tours

Latest News

Check out our new Clare & Connemara Tour

See the archive