Spain's Rioja Valley & Ebro River Bike Tour Special
About your bike tour
This bike tour in northern Spain takes us to the famous Rioja Valley where we cycle among the vineyards of some of the greatest Spanish wines and stay in top hotels in ancient villages. What makes this bicycle tour so special is that we ride to Rioja via the Ebro River Valley, where we ride through spectacular canyons and tiny undiscovered villages before we the scenery opens up onto the Rioja Valley. The dramatic contrast of the landsapes is wonderful to experience by bike.
We begin our tour by riding through the green pastures of Cantabria and into the canyons of the Ebro River valley. We stay in family owned hotels and dine on tasty local cuisine. In Rioja, we cycle through the beautiful open valley with the limestone mountains of the Sierra de Cantabria as a backdrop.
We meet in Santander and transfer to our hotel in Campoo. Our bikes are delivered to us and our staff makes sure the fit is right and introduces us to the tour.
This stage takes us through some fabulous and unspoiled Cantabria 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 tonights stop in Villanueva de la Na.
Those on the short version follow the river direct to Villanueva. The longer version circumnavigates the Ebro Reservoir.
We begin by cycling through the open valley of Valderredible. Take the opportunity to visit the Romanesque church of San Martn 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 tonights resting place.
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.
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.
As we leave Fras 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 to Haro.
After spending the morning exploring Laguardia, we take 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.
After breakfast in the hotel, you make your way by taxi or by bus to Bilbao or another departure point. .
Photos of this bike tour
What we love
- the dramatic contrast of coming out of the narrow Ebro River canyon onto the wide open Rioja valley
- visiting the famous Bodegas in the Rioja Valley for post-ride wine tasting
- the fairytale village of Orbaneja del Castillo set among the dramatic canyons of the Ebro River
- Frias, another ancient village built around a castle where we spend the night
- the superb walled medieval village of Laguardia in the Rioja Valley
What to know
- this is an independent tour with a dedicated vehicle and guide available for groups
- the name Iberian Peninsula comes from the River Ebro - Ibro -Ibero
- The Ebro rises close to the Atlantic yet flows across Spain and into the Mediterranean
Airports - Bilbao or Santander (the pickup on Day One is from Santander. Ferryports - Bilbao or Santander. Bus / train stations - Bilbao or Santander. It is more convenient to arrive in Santander and then depart from Bilbao.
departure from Bilbao or back in Santander
April 2nd – September 30th 2014
Accommodation & Rates
- $1,432: Double Room (1 bed)
- $1,432: Double Room (2 beds)
- $1,841: Single Room
- 7x accommodation
- 7x breakfast
- daily luggage transport
- 5x dinners days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
- transfer from Santander to Campoo on arrival day. Transport from Laguardia to Bilbao on departure day
- information pack with route guide and detailed maps
- 24 hour assistance available in case of emergency
- daily lunches
- bicycle rental is available at an additional cost
Description of Accommodation during the bike tour
We stay in elegant hotels and local guest houses. Most of our hotels are located in or near the center of beautiful towns. One night is spent in a family owned guest house along the Ebro River that was an old mill built into a charming hotel by the owner, dinner and breakfast are prepared with care with fresh local ingredients.
High Season Markup
- + $202.50: High season (July 1st – August 31st)
You are provided with hybrid-type tourist bicycles of a quality brand with conventional handlebars and with 21 easy-to-change gear ratios for comfortable and easy cycling. Road bikes may also be available on request.
Men's bike, 21 gears
Ladylike, 21 gears