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Gravel Route in stages along the tacmarc roads, vineyards and mountains of LA RIOJA



Vineyards of the Iregua in the valley lowlands
Ascending Herrera, one of the "essential" Mountain passes of La Rioja Alavesa
We will reach 2,000 meters of altitude in La Demanda Range
Atmosphere of "American National Park" in the Old Reyno de Viguera
Castle over Cerezo del Río Tirón, Riojilla Burgalesa.
In the heart of the Iberian Mountain range, Ezcaray, one night in the countryside
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As its name indicates, FUENTES del VINO GRAVEL is LA RIOJA PUNTO BIKE´s proposal to travel by bike through LA RIOJA following tracks specifically designed for the "new" cycling modality that is commonly known as gravel.
The territory chosen for the proposal is divided fairly evenly between mountains
- even high mountains - in some areas and vineyards and farmland in others.

The "summary" of the route's geography is as follows: Cameros Range in the stage A, La Demanda Range in stage B, La Demanda Range again, "Riojilla Burgalesa" and Rioja Alta in stage C, Vineyards of the Ebro Basin in the D and Cantabría Range and Montaña & Rioja Alavesa in the E.

As can be seen in the route map located after this text, the basic proposal is for 5 stages. When you want to reduce the proposal to 4 or 3 stages, there are several options.

The 4 stages proposal can be done very simply by eliminating circular stage D, but as it happens to be the central stage that runs through the most "wine-growing" part of La Rioja and that we may not want to eliminate, we offer a second option which eliminates stages A and B and replaces them with a single stage between Logroño and Ezcaray (not visible on the map) which is followed by stages C, D and E.

For the proposal of only 3 stages, the options can be several, but the one offered mostly and that is reflected in the section of rates consists of starting the route with stage A (Cameros Range), continuing with a second stage between Nájera and Laguardia through the vineyards of the Ebro Basin (not shown on the map) and finish with stage E (Cantabría Range and Montaña & Rioja Alavesa).

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Map Fuentes-del-Vino-GRAVEL Bike route


Stage A: Logroño - Nájera
Distance 95 km - Unevenness 2.005 m

Stage B: Nájera - Ezcaray
Distance 89 km - Unevenness 2.000 m

Stage C: Ezcaray - Laguardia
Distance 116 km - Unevenness 1.745 m

Stage D: Circular Laguardia
Distance 102 km - Unevenness 1.195 m

Stage E: Laguardia - Logroño
Distance 77 km - Unevenness 1.600 m

Standar Option 5 Stages
Distance: 479 km   Unevenness: 8.545 m

Biker and La Demanda Range with snow

We have shorter route options, and also some more demanding ones.
One of the options that is often good to have on hand is the one we call "IS ENOUGH" It is simply an alternative that is somewhat less harsh and that we may want to use in some of the stages simply to rest a little on one of the days.
The idea is to reduce the harshness without altering the general essence of the proposal.
These are the data:

Stage A: Logroño - Nájera
Distance 69 km - Unevenness 1.335 m

Stage B: Nájera - Ezcaray
Distance 55 km - Unevenness 1.520 m

Stage C: Ezcaray - Laguardia
Distance 96 km - Unevenness 1.275 m

Stage D: Circular Laguardia
Distance 57 km - Unevenness 700 m

Stage E: Laguardia - Logroño
Distance 65 km - Unevenness 1.290 m

- Is Enough - Option 5 Stages
Distance: 342 km   Unevenness: 6.120 m

Stage A: Logroño - Nájera
Distance 95 km - Unevenness 2.005 m

Cameros Range

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Stage B: Nájera - Ezcaray
Distance 89 km - Unevenness 2.000 m

La Demanda Range

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Stage C: Ezcaray - Laguardia
Distance 116 km - Unevenness 1.745 m

Riojilla Burgalesa & Rioja Alta

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Stage D: Circular Laguardia
Distance 102 km - Unevenness 1.195 m

Ebro River, Basin and Vineyards

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Stage E: Laguardia - Logroño
Distance 77 km - Unevenness 1.600 m

Cantabria Range, and Montaña & Rioja Alavesas

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- Keep in mind -
Pure Gravel

The word "Pure" always raises suspicions in those who intend to assign it. If we include it here, the reason is simply to draw attention and clarify - to avoid misunderstandings - the criteria that we have used when designing our bike tracks labeled as gravel.

We have run away from the idea of gravel = unpaved road. If the objective were exclusively unpaved routes -including easy paths in the term- we believe that it is more comfortable, fun and functional to use the traditional trekking bikes, or even, the light MTB Trail bikes if we wanted to print a character sportier to the activity.
Our Pure Gravel proposals do not avoid roads, especially if they are quiet and with little traffic. Our objective is to combine them, in the best possible way, with sections of tracks and paths -usually easy to pedal- and generate unpublished tracks and, so to speak; "not suitable" for other types of bicycles with which pedaling would be heavy, boring, and ineffective.

In summary; In our Pure Gravel concept, sport prevails over tourism, we jump without prior notice from unpaved sections to paved roads and vice versa without at any time believing that this alters the character of the route. And - when posible - we use unpaved sections to climb up, and paved ones to go down.

If you are looking for routes that prioritize unpaved sections and avoid paved roads as much as possible, look for them in our TREK & SLOW BIKE section.
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La Demanda Range panorámic view

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Stage A: Logroño - Nájera
Distance 95 km - Unevenness 2.005 m

Cameros Range

Nalda town

Hole in the clouds over Nalda.

Nalda

Caves carved into the rock. Murillo de Río Leza, km 24 of the stage.

Los Valles Vineyards

Vineyards Los Valles -of Bodegas 200 monges - under the peaks of the Cameros Range. Today's track territory.

Bajenza Pic

Cameros Gate - La Rioja “National Park”

Torrecilla en Cameros

Torrecilla en Cameros, Mountain village in the PLUS option of stage A.

Viguera town

From the old "Reyno de Viguera" today's stage softens

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Autumn colors in the Iregua Valley.

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We cross the Iregua Valley at Islallana runbo to Nájera.

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Vuelta a España 2021 under Moncalvillo Mountain Pass, sharing kilometers with FUENTES del VINO GRAVEL

   
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Stage B: Nájera - Ezcaray
Distance 89 km - Unevenness 2.000 m

La Demanda Range

Monasterio de Yuso

An obligatory stop, Yuso Monastery -San Millán de la Cogolla- World Heritage Site.
Starting point of the longest Mountain pass in La Rioja, 22 kilometers and 1,250 meters of unevenness.

Collado de Artaza Collado de Artaza

Artaza Mountain pass intermediate point during the ascent to 3 Cruces.

La Demanda, zona alta

From the Artaza pass we enter the upper part of the mountain range, the slope "calms down" a bit, although the wind may appear.

3 Cruces, zona más alta Collado de 3 Cruces

The highest point (2,003 meters above sea level) of FUENTES del VINO GRAVEL is a vaguely defined "simple moment" on the track below the summit of La Cuculla, the main summit of the Sierra de La Demanda. When the bike begins to roll effortlessly, we have already crossed it. A little further down will appear 3 Cruces, the hill that geographically gives identity to the mountain pass.

   
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Stage C: Ezcaray - Laguardia
Distance 116 km - Unevenness 1.745 m

Riojilla Burgalesa & Rioja Alta

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Sunrise in Ezcaray and ascent to Pradilla Mountain pass, which leads to the province of Burgos.

Panoramic view in the Sierra burgalesa

Morning scenes in the Burgos slope of La Demanda Range

Crops in the Riojilla burgalesa

Long sections among crops in the Riojilla burgalesa

Cellorigo Climbing to Cellorigo

Demanding ramps during the ascent to Pulpito de La Rioja, the Cellorigo viewpoint, one of the few heights of a certain entity in the standard version of today's stage.

Montes Obarenes Obarenes Mountains.

The last kilometers of the day pass under the gaze of the Obarenes Mountains. At its feet, among the vineyards of Muga wineries, the city of Haro emerges, the Capital of Rioja.

   
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Stage D: Circular Laguardia
Distance 102 km - Unevenness 1.195 m

Ebro River, Basin and Vineyards

wineyards at Haro

Chozo on the road with the Cantabria Range closing the picture.

Marques de Riscal winery Marques de Riscal wineyards

A stop among the vineyards of the Marqués de Riscal wineries in Elciego.

Fall in Laguardia

Carravalseca dry lagoon in Laguardia, we enter the Rioja Alavesa again.

Vendimia en Labastida

Harvest days in the Rioja Alavesa, around Labastida.

Avituallando en el viñedo

A rest to recharge energy among the vineyards of the Ebro Basin.

   
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Stage E: Laguardia - Logroño
Distance 77 km - Unevenness 1.600 m

Cantabria Range, and Montaña & Rioja Alavesas

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Fast roads on the slopes of the Cantabria Range, we enter La Rioja Alavesa.

Panoramica sobre Entrena Iregua-Valley

The last kilometers of the day take us back into the Iregua Valley, where the route ends

   
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IF YOU WANT TO CYCLE THE ROUTE

The proposal of LA RIOJA PUNTO BIKE for FUENTES del VINO GRAVEL is roughly a Self Guided Route Pack in which the Accommodations, the Tracks & Map-Sketch -one for each stage- of the route, and the Transport of Luggage from hotel to hotel are included.

TARIFFS

FUENTES del VINO - GRAVEL

5 Stages / 5 Nights

642 €
Price per person for groups of 6 or more people

679 €
Price per person for groups of 4 or 5 people

779 €
Price per person for groups of 3 people

746 €
Price per person for groups of 2 people

Single room supplement: + 260 €
When the group is made up of an odd number of people, will be equally necessary an odd number of requests to access this supplement

4 Stages / 4 Nights

Logroño - Ezcaray
Ezcaray - Laguardia
Circular Laguardia
Laguardia - Logroño

530 €
Price per person for groups of 6 or more people

556 €
Price per person for groups of 4 or 5 people

646 €
Price per person for groups of 2 or 3 people

Single room supplement: + 218 €
When the group is made up of an odd number of people, will be equally necessary an odd number of requests to access this supplement

And you can add a Night with Breakfast at the end of the route -in the same hotel where you started it- for 57 € per person in a double room or for 88 € in a single room

In these proposals when the groups are odd, the accommodation is offered in double rooms and a single room.
- TRIPLE ROOMS ARE NEVER USED -


Rates for the whole year, subject to availability.
The prices may vary when the dates coincide with the Easter holidays or with the Patron Festivities of any of the places of accommodation.


Check here for detailed Contract conditions

3 Stages / 3 Nights

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360 €
Price per person for groups of 6 or more people

372 €
Price per person for groups of 4 or 5 people

420 €
Price per person for groups of 2 or 3 people

Single room supplement: + 128 €
When the group is made up of an odd number of people, will be equally necessary an odd number of requests to access this supplement

Below we show our usual selection of accommodations for FUENTES del VINO GRAVEL. However, since in LA RIOJA the hotel reservations are usually complicated at certain times of the year - especially during the harvest - the Pack proposal that we finally offer may differ from the one presented here.

"Booking in advance is in this case something more than a commercial trick, it makes the difference between being able or not being able to do the route."

Our PUNTO BIKE in LOGROÑO, is set in the Hotel GRAN VÍA, the best choice in town if we need to blend lodge and BIKE.

We speak about a 4-star establishment well sited in the center of the town and strongly involved in a large part of the sports and gastronomic activities linked to LOGROÑO.

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Lodging for stages with start in Logroño
Hotel FG Logroño

We have chosen this hotel located on the banks of the Ebro for our days in Logroño. In addition to its unbeatable location, their quality is unquestionable, we are talking about a four star service "camouflaged" in one of three.
To the usual services of a hotel of these features we add that we have free access to the relaxation of the hotel zone, which consists of a jacuzzi, sauna and gym.


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Lodging for stages with start in Nájera

Depending on availability, we will stay at one of the following hotels.

Duques de Nájera Hotel

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HISPANO Hostel

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Lodging for stages with start in Ezcaray

Depending on availability, we will stay at one of the following hotels.

Palacio Azcárate

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Casa Masip

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Lodging for stages with start in Laguardia

WINE OIL SPA Hotel Villa de Laguardia -

The base of LA RIOJA PUNTO BIKE in Laguardia is a 4 stars hotel located among vineyards, with a delightful spa (1.000 m2). Connected to the hotel is the WINE THEMED CENTER VILLA LUCÍA a place for tasting and degustations.

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Lodging for stages with start in Albelda de Iregua La Casa del Cofrade

Our PUNTO BIKE in Albelda de Iregua is - we dare to affirm it - a four star hotel "camouflaged" in one of two. Located in the same place as the Vinícola Real Wineries to which it belongs, it allows us access from its facilities to the calados -caves- dug in the rock of the mountain on which it is attached, and in which the renowned wines of 200 Monges as well as other elements of historical value that will make us immediately perceive that we are in a special place. Something more even than a Winery + a Hotel.

If to all this we add the link and the total dump with everything that sounds like cycling, the choice could not be more obvious. Sports activity here becomes almost an excuse to live this part of the global experience of FUENTES del VINO.

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End of route: We will finish the route at the same hotel where we started it. It will also be the place where you will have received our luggage at the last stage of the route.

   
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INCLUDED

  • 1 night of accommodation with breakfast
    Corresponds to the 1st night as usually the groups prefer to choose themselves where to dine during the arrival trip to the destination

  • The rest of the nights accommodation in half board
    2 or 3 nights, depending of the choosen Pack. By default, night is not included at the end of the last stage.

  • Transport of luggage between hotels
    1 bag or package per person

  • Tracks of the route in GPX format for mobile phones or GPS devices
    Warn us if you prefer them in another format

  • Explanatory printed map-sketch of the different route options for each stage
    One per stage

  • Shower and luggage reception at the end of the last stage despite you don’t spend the night at the finalising point of the route

  • Presentation of the route and delivery of information in hand the day of the arrival of the group to the hotel or the morning of the next day when groups are of 6 or more people

  • Telephone assistance for incidents or consultations during the days of the contracted activity

NOT INCLUDED

  • Beers or other consumptions outside the proposed menus in the dinners or during the stay in hotels

  • Meals in restaurants at the time of the noon, unless it has been agreed previously to replace dinner with meals

  • Any kind of sports material, helmets, shoes, etc

  • Mechanical Assistance during the activity
    If possible, we will try to help you in case of a breakdown, but in many situations this help can be very limited due to lack of specific spare parts or other circumstances. The cost of the service if it can be done is € 18 per hour + € 0.40 per kilometer.

  • Anything not expressly indicated in the offer

All the proposals presented on this website are sold through Pirineos PUNTO BIKE
Travel Agency registered in the Tourism Registry of Navarra with registration code: CI. NA-128

   
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  • Airport/station pick up
  • Hire Accident Insurance
  • Add a hotel night at the finalising point of the route
       57 € par person in doble room or 88 € in single room
  • To replace the night before the start of the route per night at the end of the route
  • Best time to go: The route can be done at any time of the year as long as there is no snow in the high mountains. The altitude of the Sierra de La Demanda stage is 500 meters above the rest of the stages, so for the occasions when the snow covers these high areas blocking the entire route, we have options in which we modify the track by deviating it by lower levels.

       Spring and autumn are usually the most pleasant seasons; In summer it can be hot in the low areas, if it is the case, it is advisable to get up early and have the whole afternoon to relax. Actually, excluding winter, we can conclude that it is more important the punctual weather of the days in which we are going to make the route than the season itself.

       Anyway, at the end of autumn the days are short, but more than enough for our purpose. The vineyards of La Rioja "burn" red in those days, and the experience of descending from the Sierras at dusk to join that sea of vineyards becomes almost "brutal". So if you can afford to choose those dates, there is no question. This is the "Star" moment for FUENTES del VINO GRAVEL.
  • Ideal bike: Gravel bike.
  • Our GRAVEL concept: We have run away from the idea of gravel = unpaved road. If the objective were exclusively unpaved routes -including easy paths in the term- we believe that it is more comfortable, fun and functional to use the traditional trekking bikes, or even, the light MTB Trail bikes if we wanted to print a character sportier to the activity.

    Our Gravel proposals do not avoid roads, especially if they are quiet and with little traffic. Our objective is to combine them, in the best possible way, with sections of tracks and paths -usually easy to pedal- and generate unpublished tracks and, so to speak; "not suitable" for other types of bicycles with which it would be heavy and ineffective to pedal following such a tracks.

    In summary; In our Gravel concept, sport prevails over tourism, we jump without prior notice from unpaved sections to paved roads and vice versa without at any time believing that this alters the character of the route. And - when posible - we use unpaved sections to climb up, and paved ones to go down.
  • Orientation: The route is followed by a GPS track.
  • Ciclability: The route is 99,9% cyclable. With this precision what we want to convey is that at some very specific point it will be necessary to get off the bike and carry it for a few meters in your hand.
  • Philosophy: Although some stages can be demanding, the proposal is designed so that the stages can be finished and we still have part of the day to enjoy the place where we are.
    The circular stages delve into the purpose of "slow down" the rhythm of the route as a whole, always offering a more relaxed track option that ensures that we have a free afternoon for other tasks beyond cycling. Believe it or not; There is life beyond the bike.
  • Provisioning: The situation is different depending on the stages and the chosen track options. The towns in the lower areas usually have bar services and fountains, but once we go up to the Sierras we will have to be self-sufficient in terms of food and water. Two bottles better than one.

   
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