Although Rioja Alavesa is one of the seven regions of Álava, this region is located halfway between Logroño and Vitoria, an ideal place to enjoy the best of these provinces. But Rioja Alavesa is also an area with a lot of personality and an enviable tourist offer. Here we give you ten reasons to visit Rioja Alavesa.
1. Try some of the best wines in the world.
We cannot talk about Rioja Alavesa without talking about the wine that is produced here, considered one of the best in the world. Rioja Alavesa is also one of the three sub-regions of the Denomination of Qualified Origin of Rioja, which annually produces: millions of liters of wine! Between so much of this drink it is understood that on a route through Rioja Alavesa you can enjoy high level wines.
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2. Discover some of the most important wineries in Spain.
In addition to a top quality wine, here are some of the most interesting wineries on the national scene. Marqués del Riscal and Ysios are some of the best known, but in this small space there are more than 300. In fact, did you know that Villanueva de Álava is the town with more wineries per inhabitant in the world?
3. Visit some of the most beautiful villages in Spain.
Almost any of the 15 municipalities that make up the region (and 23 population centers) have something to offer. Laguardia, for example, is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. There are also Labastida, Labraza or Elciego! How not to talk about our beautiful town?
4. Sleep in unique places.
If you come to Rioja Alavesa do not leave without spending at least one night here. In this region you can find many unique accommodations, so trying beds could be one more reason to visit Rioja Alavesa. For example, would you like to sleep in a winery with almost 500 years of history? In Bodegas Valdelana you can do it.
5. Travel through time.
Did you know that Rioja Alavesa has been inhabited for almost 5000 years? The type of land, the climate, the importance of the Ebro River and many other factors have made this region interesting for our ancestors. In fact, here it is possible to visit prehistoric dolmens like La Chabola de la Hechicera or some ancient millenary necropolis. You can do part of this trip to history without leaving our 16th-century winery. Here we have enabled an ethnological museum that contains remains from all the ages that preceded us. Until the Jurassic!
6. Walk (or drive) between vineyards.
It is estimated that in our region there are more than 13,000 hectares of vineyards, so the possibilities of enjoying them are endless. That is why many of the wineries offer good plans among vineyards. If you do not believe it, we invite you to a lunch among the spectacular vineyards of our Varieties garden.
7. Feel the four seasons.
It may sound topical, but it’s always a good time to visit Rioja Alavesa. The blossoming almond trees of spring, the good weather and the excellent tourist offer of summer, the grape harvest and the colors of autumn and the frost on the vineyards in winter. Come when you come, you will want to return.
8. Visit two very interesting cities.
At the beginning of this post, we commented that Rioja Alavesa is in the middle between Logroño and Vitoria, two very interesting cities. So if you come to do tourism here, do not miss the opportunity to have some good tapas on Laurel Street in Logroño or take a walk around the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca in Vitoria. And much more.
9. Taste excellent cuisine.
If in La Rioja the food is wonderful and in Álava too: how do you think you are going to eat in Rioja Alavesa? Super! And it is that the best of both cuisines coexists in our region, so you can enjoy a menu of great quality with local products in almost any restaurant. If you allow us to recommend you: from first “Patatas a la riojana” or “Pochas”, from second “Costillas al sarmiento” o “Bacalao a la riojana” and form dessert “Goxua”.
10. Wine tourism: the main reason to visit Rioja Alavesa.
In the end, everything we have talked about in this post goes in the same direction: the influence of wine in the region. And whatever you do here, we are sure that you will enjoy it more with a glass of wine in your hand.
So now, find a place in your calendar and come to spend a few days in Rioja Alavesa. We will wait for you!