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hotel-gehry-1 Who does say it is not possible to sightseeing while walking the Camino de Santiago? Here you have one of the most enjoyable stages along the Camino, in La Rioja region, beautiful and undiscovered, fabulous to sightseeing! Along the way from Logroño to Burgos, you will have the opportunity to visit the historical city of Logroño and its traditions that have been preserved since the Middle-Ages; wine lovers will have the unique occasion to tour the bodega Marqués de Riscal, one of the oldest and biggest bodegas, well known nowadays for it’s Frank Gehry-designed boutique hotel, and for those who would like to combine wine-culture and ‘fiesta’, the ideal town is Haro, where local people celebrate the ‘Batalla del vino’ (Battle of wine) in the summer, a fiesta where wines are poured at each other from buckets! Bodegas. Aside from the spectacular bodega Marqués de Riscal and it’s Frank Gehry-designed boutique hotel, there are plenty of interesting and high quality bodegas in La Rioja region. Near the popular town of Haro, it is the bodega Dinastia Vivanco, which produces great wines and has a true gourmet-level dining room. This is also where he huge wine museum is located with its fascinating exhibits. You can spend several hours on it! There are also guided tours in different languages.  dinastiabodega History. The capital of La Rioja, Logroño, is the first city of the third stage of the Camino de Santiago. A tour around this city, rich in history and traditions, is worth. Don’t miss the Paseo del Espolon avenue and Santiago el Real Church! But La Rioja is more than Logroño, there are many beautiful small villages, such us Nalda. If you go there, on your way back road from Nalda (about 15 minutes South of Logroño), you will see the Castillo de Clavijo (Clavijo Castle) above the village. You can hike up to this 11th century castle ruin high on a hill, overlooking the plains, spectacular views. It is quite historically significant. castilloclavijoYou could have it to yourselves!! As one pilgrim says: “this is one of the things I love about Spain, you can find yourself alone, communing with history, quite easily”. Fiesta. To end for party and traditions lovers, it is highly recommended the ‘Batalla del vino’ (Battle of wine) in Haro, which is in the North of La Rioja, between Nájera and Santo Domingo de la Calzada. The celebration takes place on June 29, the day of the patron Saint San Pedro. The day begins at 7:00 am, with a procession of people old and young, dressed in white shirts and red scarves, all carrying jugs, bottles, botas and other types of containers filled with red wine. Led by the town’s mayor, on horseback, the procession winds through the town to the Cliffs of Bilibio, where a mass is celebrated at the Hermitage of San Felices de Bilibio. After the mass a true free-for-all begins, with everyone tossing wine on each other until all are soaked from head to foot. Batalla_del_Vino_-_Haro_-_La_Rioja There is a sea of wet, pink shirts everywhere. Then at noon everyone returns to town to celebrate at the Plaza de la Paz, followed by bullfights in the town’s bullring. But the bullfights are only for the youth, and the “bulls” are actually just heifers. haro

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