This small town located at the north end of La Rioja is one of the most impressive municipalities in the area. Called the pulpit of Rioja, it is located at the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria and has a special charm, because of the location, the surrounding nature, and for how tiny it is. Currently, only 13 people live here.
Ezcaray is located in the Sierra de la Demanda. The small town sits at the bottom of the most famous ski slopes in Rioja. We can find an amazing architecture, reminiscent of northern Europe, in which the use of sandstone and the decorative elements stand out. In the surroundings, there are several hiking trails that take you into the mountains.
The religious capital of La Rioja stands out for its impressive Gothic-style Cathedral with details characteristic of the Renaissance. Calahorra, in addition to being considered the religious capital, is also the horticultural capital of La Rioja…
To visit we can take a tour of the historic center, see some of the monuments that remain from the Roman era or stroll along the old Camino de Santiago that passes through the town.
San Vicente de la Sonsierra
It is one of the most iconic villages in Rioja Alta. Its castle and church at the top of the hill, are two of the most photographed places in the Rioja Alta. The views from here are spectacular, with the vineyards spreading out at your feet. A very special spot.
From San Vicente we move on to Briones, another town in Rioja Alta. This charming little town located atop another hill (a reoccurring theme in the region) and it offers impressive views of the surrounding area, the vineyards, and the mountain. In Briones, you can also visit one of the top wineries in Rioja: Vivanco. Walking through its streets, we can see impressive stone buildings and beautiful squares.
This is more of an area than a proper village. The north westers mountainous area of La Rioja home to many charming villages but also to some of the best cheeses in the region. Centuries ago this region was a large part of the wool industry in Sapin. We can highlight the towns of Torrecilla in Cameros, Ortigosa or Soto among many other locations. It is worth visiting the area to taste its cheeses, admire its landscapes and enjoy the Sierra Cebollera Natural Park.
Another important stop on the Camino de Santiago as it passes through Rioja. This town has spectacular landscapes cut through by the Najerilla River. You can visit the Natural Park of Najera through which you can discover nature walking next to the river. But the town has many other things to visit: the Royal Parish of the Holy Cross, the Alcazar, the botanical garden…
Viniegra de Arriba and Viniegra de Abajo
Recently added to the Association of Prettiest Villages in Spain, these two small neighboring towns are one of the best examples of the architecture of the XVI and XVII of the area. Cobblestone streets, mountain houses, and a laid-back atmosphere. They are located at over 1000 m altitude. 100% mountain villages.
Considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. This small medieval town has one of the most spectacular viewpoints in Rioja. In the center of town, you will find the town hall, which has a very famous clock. The clock is, in fact, a Glockenspiel Clock with three figures that come out and dance every hour on the hour. We can also highlight the Church of Santa María de los Reyes.