Jules Verne's Unwritten Journey

LUXURY bike trip by stages in SPAIN along the paths, villages, vineyards and caves of LA RIOJA

From 5 to 7 days
Minimum group 1 people

From 5 to 7 days
Minimum group 6 people

- trek bike -

BIKE & WINE = Cycling + Vineyards + Mountains + Caves + Gastronomy + Wines

End of day in Marques de Riscal. In the background; Laguardia
Late Fall. In our opinion the best time to visit La Rioja
Hole in the clouds over Nalda, IREGUA VALLEY, Rioja Oriental
Casa Nublo, Gastronomic Experience in Haro
Starting the day from "The City of Wine" of Marqués de Riscal, our lodge for day 2 in the Center of the Rioja
The author of Journey to the Center of the Rioja posing for the camera in the vicinity of Laguardia
MACAN winerie and wineyards, the Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia project in La Rioja.
LA GALERÍA, one of our best Gastronomic Experiences in Logroño
HARO STATION DISTRICT, a fundamental place in the oenological history of La Rioja

This proposal combines the very best of our PUNTOS BIKEs in LA RIOJA, the Hotel GRAN VÍA 4* in the center of LOGROÑO, the indisputable Luxury Resort of The City of Wine Marqués de Riscal 5* in ELCIEGO, the historic convent actualy rebuild as Hotel Eurostars Los Agustinos 4* in HARO, and the Boutique dreamed of and brought to fruition by Ariane de Rothschild, that is Palacio de Samaniego 4*+ in SAMANIEGO

This is our PLATINUM CLASS BIKE & WINE trip at LA RIOJA, a 5 or 7 days Sports / Gastronomic experience of the highest quality. The greatest exponent of LA RIOJA PUNTO BIKE trips.

Note that in order to provide the highest level of privacy and comfort, each participant will have
- Single Room -

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We are convinced that if Jules Verne had included LA RIOJA in his visit to Spain in 1878, the history of the great works of universal literature would have been different.

If, instead of sailing the Iberian Peninsula with his boat, he had ridden on horseback (in the absence of bicycles), if he had entered the endless vineyards of LA RIOJA, if he had visited its by then already ancient wineries, and above all; if he had tasted his wines... we have no doubt that his immortal novel would have been titled:


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With these 3 tabs you can get a global idea of our proposal.

In the tab The Hotels you can see our selection of lodges.

In Gastronomic Experiences we show you the "Sanctuaries of Riojan Gastronomy" that we have chosen for this trip.

And in the The Full Trip tab you can see the result of combining the 2 previous tabs with the cycling route itself. That is; the typical Travel schedule.

Hotels for Journey to the Center of the Rioja bike route

Below we show our usual selection of accommodations for Journey to the Center of the Rioja


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 are talking 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.



One of the most relevants LODGES of LA RIOJA PUNTO BIKE in any of our wine areas is without any doubth the stay at the "The City of Wine," that is; the Hotel / Winerie of MARQUES de RISCAL in Elciego.

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A stunning 21st-century chateau, the only hotel designed by internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry, a true masterpiece where each of the unique 61 guestrooms promises to enchant with exceptional designer touches and enviable views of the countryside, medieval town of ELCIEGO or the striking architecture of the building itself.
This 5-star hotel is LA RIOJA PUNTO BIKE selected lodge for Journey to the Center of the Rioja, truly an Experience of a Lifetime.

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Our PUNTO BIKE in HARO, is set in the Eurostars Los Agustinos, a hotel bursting with history in the center of the city. Located in a building that was once a convent, military barracks, prison and hospital, it is the ideal choice if we need to blend Lux, lodge, and BIKE.

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We are talking about a 4-star establishment perfectly located in the center of the Capital of Rioja from which we will have within easy reach of the "tapas" places in the old part of the town and from where in a short walk of 10 minutes we will reach the essential "Barrio de la Estación", one of the largest accumulations of century-old cellars in the world.

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We have not had much doubt to decide that Palacio de Samaniego is our PUNTO BIKE in SAMANIEGO. The Boutique dreamed by Ariane de Rothschild for the first Edmond de Rothschild Heritage hotel abroad is as they themselves point out:


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This is one of those cases in which the "stars" do not express everything.
The EXCLUSIVITY in a building of these characteristics gives the stay a PLUS that makes it clearly compete with theoretically higher quality accommodation.

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We are not going to go on too long talking about the details of the place, since we are sure that it is the appropriate choice.
If you have any doubth, just browse for a while on their own website.



Below we show our selection of Gastronomic Experiences for Journey to the Center of the Rioja

Gastronomic Experiences


For the arrival to Logroño we have proposed two differents options of "encounter" with the Riojan gastronomy.
One of them by Luisa Barrachina and the well-known Riojan chef Francis Paniego (3 Michelin stars) in the TONDELUNA Restaurant, and another one by the chef José Félix Rodríguez in the innovative LA GALERÍA


TONDELUNA is a modern, informal and fun place that has prepared a FUENTES del VINO menu to introduce cyclists of the route to some of the secrets of modern Riojan cuisine.



LA GALERÍA is a space with minimalist architecture whose walls periodically house traveling exhibitions of painting artists, filling the space with art and color.


The menu FUENTES del VINO menu consists of a tasting always adapted to the season in which we visit the city, and we leave it in the hands of José Félix Rodríguez, a cook who trained at the Santo Domingo School and then continued to cultivate and develop his art in houses like Arzak, Martín Berasategui, Koldo Royo, Aitor Basabe and Ferrán Adriá.




One of the most relevants GASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCES of all the Stages of LA RIOJA PUNTO BIKE is without any doubth the afternoon / night that we spend in the "The City of Wine," That is; the Winerie of MARQUES de RISCAL in Elciego.


We could talk about the spectacularity of this building built in the purest Guggenheim style, but it would not be fair since there is much more.
The complex encompasses the oldest winery in Rioja alongside the spectacular bulding designed by internationally renowned architect Frank O. Gehry and 3 different restaurants. We have chosen the one awarded with the prestigious Michelin Guide award with 1 Star and 2 Suns by the Repsol Guide.
That is, we have decided that for our Gastronomic Experience we put ourselves in expert hands and do not think too much ourselves.


Life at Marqués de Riscal turns around food and wine. From its inception in 2006, the hotel´s gastronomic personality has been dominated by chef Francis Paniego, whose admired restaurant "El Portal del Echaurren" in nearby Ezcaray has long been a leading light in the culinary world of La Rioja.
The chef brings to the hotel both his peerless command of traditional riojano cooking and the contemporary flair that has won him two Michelin stars in Ezcaray and one star here at Elciego.

So this is what awaits us after the visit to the winery, which we will do in the last tour of visits, the one before dinner.



The two "Gatronomic Sanctuaries" that we have chosen in the Capital of Rioja are the centenary and traditional Restaurant-Cave TERETE and the maximum exponent of modern gastronomy in the city, CASA NUBLO.

If your trip includes just one night in HARO you must decide which of the two Gastronomic Experiences you want to enjoy.


In 1.877 Alberto Andrés Alonso inaugurated CASA TERETE; roasting oven, restaurant, butcher shop and wine shop. Currently, a century and a half later, the fifth and sixth generation of the TERETE keep the roots of the family alive while preserving the same art and dedication.


Our trip to the CENTER OF THE RIOJA in CASA TERETE begins by immersing ourselves in its Cave-Winerie - grote called CALAO - among other things, this will serve to let us know that we are in the Grotes Quarter.


The winery, founded at the end of the 19th century next to the lamb roaster, is the ideal complement for this high-level Gastronomy Experience.
The underground cellars where the winery is located make them the perfect place to age the wine in optimum conditions.
The wine pairing for JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE RIOJA s in the hands of the CASA TERETE staff. They will adapt their choice for the glasses to the one we make for our dishes.


The suckling lamb from La Rioja roasted slowly in the old wood-fired oven, with no other secret than good young and tender meat, is without a doubt the specialty of the house, but the Experience goes further, since we are in one of the "Sanctuaries" of Riojan gastronomy.



Awarded with a Michelin star and a Repsol Sun.
This is our HARO Gastronomic Experience proposal.


A project located in a palatial house from the 16th century and led by chefs Miguel Caño, Llorenç Sagarra, Caio Barcellos and Dani Lasa.


A culinary proposal in which the fire, the grill, the oven and the firewood are the protagonists.
Ancestral cuisine with today's techniques.


The proof that Less is More taken to its maximum expression.
If you have doubts... check it on their website.



The innate identity of the Edmond de Rothschild Heritage Group, TIERRA y VINO Restaurant.


The selection for our days in SAMANIEGO are EDMOND and / or BENJAMIN Experiences.
If your trip has a 2-night stay at Samaniego Luxury Resort, one of our best PUNTOS BIKEs in LA RIOJA, you will have both, EDMOND & BENJAMIN Experiences included in your travel plan. If your trip just includes one night, you will have to decide on one of them, it is not an easy task.


The Chef Bruno Coelho takes a bold and exciting new take on local specialties.
Dishes designed to ensure and preserve a farm to table lifestyle, offering a new take on Spanish and Basque specialties with the use of classic French techniques.


Orchestrating fine dining and Cellar, Miren Ormazabal, Maitre & Sommelier guiding us through a very personal cellar and service in order to make this oenological and gastronomical journey become pure Experience.



Journey to the Center of the Rioja full trip schedule for the 6 stages option.

  • Day 1
    • Arrival at Logroño
    • Lodge at Hotel GRAN VÍA 4*
    • Gastronomic Experience LA GALERÍA
  • Day 2
    • Circular route: Iregua Valley - different bike levels and styles
    • Lodge at Hotel GRAN VÍA 4*
    • Gastronomic Experience TONDELUNA
  • Day 3
    • Stage: Logroño - Elciego - different bike levels and styles
    • Lodge at Hotel MARQUÉS de RISCAL 5*
    • Gastronomic Experience Rest MARQUÉS de RISCAL (1 Michelin Star)
  • Day 4
    • Stage: Elciego - Haro - different bike levels and styles
    • Lodge at Hotel LOS AGUSTINOS 4*
    • Gastronomic Experience - EXPERIENCIA NUBLO (1 Michelin Star) or
  • Day 5
    • Stage: Haro - Samaniego - different bike levels and styles
    • Lodge at Hotel SAMANIEGO LUXURY RESORT 4* +
    • Gastronomic Experience EDMOND - TIERRA y VINO
  • Day 6
    • Circular route: Rioja Alavesa - different bike levels and styles
    • Lodge at Hotel SAMANIEGO LUXURY RESORT 4* +
    • Gastronomic Experience BENJAMIN - TIERRA y VINO
  • Day 7
    • Stage: Samaniego - Logroño different bike levels and styles
    • Lodge at Hotel GRAN VÍA 4*
    • Gastronomic Experience LA COCINA DE RAMÓN
  • Day 8
    • After breakfast, end of LA RIOJA PUNTO BIKE services.
    • Transfer to Airport or any other transport station - if hired -



In addition to what its name accurately indicates, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE RIOJA is above all a trip to the most modern and traditional aspects of Rioja's Stellar Gastronomy, and to the most modern and ancient aspects of its lodging.

Both the stimulating "Guggenhenian" Marques de Riscal, building, designed by Frank Gehry, which will welcome us at ELCIEGO, as well as the dazzling and innovative restoration that we will discover at the SAMANIEGO, Palace, Ariane de Rothschild dream come true, attest to this.
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Chozo El Bombon at La Rioja at fall


If you are looking for typical routes in the style of the Camino de Santiago or other similar popular routes, perhaps you are not on the right website.

If you insist a lot, maybe we could ... but by default in LA RIOJA PUNTO BIKE we avoid the busy and well-known paths.

Our specialty is "the route" and what that means is that our Tracks or our Guides will take you through secluded and carefully selected places so that the Experience is truly "Singular" and "Exclusive".

If we get to know each other, you´ll know what we are talking about.

Mapa Journey-to-the-Center-of-the-Rioja

Stage A: Circular Logroño Iregua Valley
Distance 53 / 39 km - Unevenness 740 / 280 m

Stage B: Logroño - Elciego
Distance 35 / 25 km - Unevenness 325 / 260 m

Stage C: Elciego - Haro
Distance 53 / 32 km - Unevenness 440 / 390 m

Stage D: Haro - Samaniego
Distance 39 / 25 km - Unevenness 445 / 350 m

Stage E: Circular Samaniego Rioja Alavesa
Distance 52 / 33 km - Unevenness 1.050 / 630 m

Stage F: Samaniego - Logroño
Distance 50 / 33 km - Unevenness 795 / 405 m

Standar Option 6 Stages
Distance: 282 km   Unevenness: 3.795 m

SLOW Option 6 Stages
Distance: 187 km   Unevenness: 2.315 m

Standar Option 4 Stages B + C + D + F
Distance: 177 km   Unevenness: 2.005 m

SLOW Option 4 Stages B + C + D + F
Distance: 115 km   Unevenness: 1.405 m

And if you need more kilometres, don't worry, we will give you more kilometres.

Stage A: Circular Logroño Iregua Valley
Distance 53 / 39 km - Unevenness 740 / 280 m

Eastern Rioja


We start the day climbing over Logroño among the facilities of Bodegas Campoviejo. Already immersed in the first "sea of vineyards" of the day, we arrive at Fuenmayor along the old road that connects this town with Logroño.
After a comfortable section between the monumental towns of Fuenmayor and Navarrete, we cut the Camino de Santiago and without a clear transition we enter the Iregua lands where the 2nd part of the stage takes place. Vineyards now make it possible to intersperse other crops and activities in the landscape and stop monopolizing everything. Thus we enter what we sometimes call Iregua Valley, a place with reminiscence of the American National Parks. The vertical cliffs of Peña Bajenza and the Portal de Cameros give the final character to the stage.
Once we have reached the banks of the Iregua, the thousand-year-old Roman path which linked Soria with Logroño will guide us back to the end of the stage in the capital of La Rioja.


If we opt for the SLOW option of the route, the essential difference will be that we will eliminate the initial 17 kilometers between Logroño and Navarrete and replace them with the section of the Camino de Santiago that joins these points.


The walls of Portal de Cameros close the Iregua Valley to the South. The Village of Islallana will be the return point in this first circular stage A of JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE RIOJA


Vineyards of Iregua Valley in La Rioja Oriental.

Panoramic view over Entrena

Medieval town of Entrena, ecuador of today stage.

Ciclistas en La Rioja Bike Race 2021 Ciclista en La Rioja Bike Race 2021

Bikers of La Rioja Bike Race 2021 crossing the Iregua Valley .

Wineyards of Iregua-Valley 200 Monges wines

Terraced "Singular" vineyards, typical of the Iregua Valley. Below, the "result", the renowned 200 Monges wines from Vinícola Real winery.


Long sections of lonely tarmacs between Logroño and Fuenmayor.

Terroir in La Rioja Oriental

Los Silos, clasical Terroir in La Rioja Oriental.


Stage B: Logroño - Elciego
Distance 35 / 25 km - Unevenness 325 / 260 m

Ebro Basin


Today's stage zigzags upriver to the rhythm of the meanders of the Ebro and the hard-working vineyards lined up on its stony soils. The Terroir of Viña Lanciano stands out for its exaggerated curvature on the map, one of the "singular wines" of Bodegas LAN. It shares geography with the medieval -perhaps Roman- bridge of Mantilbe, a construction that crossed the Ebro at this point -its current state makes its function impossible.

We change shore in Lapuebla de Labarca, a place name that tells us about the boat that for years was located in the place performing the functions that the bridge that replaces it does now. Leaving the last streets of the village behind, we headed back to the banks of the river and approached a long section (12 km) of powerful isolation that ends "abruptly" with the sudden appearance of the Villa de ELCIEGO and the Guggenheim-style wine cellar of Marqués de Riscal, one of the first wineries of La Rioja, and the end of today´s stage.


The SLOW option practically maintains the essence and potential of the standard route.
The route will be smoother as the great meander of Viña Lanciano and the ups and downs that the standard route faces when leaving Logroño are eliminated from the track.

Ebro, Lonely river reflections in the Ebro river

In the vicinity of Logroño the Ebro is already a lonely river.

surroundings of El Cortijo

Autumn atmosphere in the surroundings of El Cortijo.

Vineyard LAN caves Lanciano

Riding through the "singular" vineyard Viña Lanciano, of LAN caves.

Vineyards of Marques de Riscal

Demanding ramps in the tarmacs among the vineyards of Marqués de Riscal.

Ebro basin

We advance parallel to the Ebro. The river hides behind the line of trees fed by itself.

End of the stage at Laguardia

Spectacular end of the stage in The City of Wine the Luxury Resort of Marqués de Riscal Wineries in Elciego.


Stage C: Elciego - Haro
Distance 53 / 32 km - Unevenness 440 / 390 m

Rioja Alta


The large extensions - in quite solitary sections - of the vineyards of La Rioja Alta located to the South of the Ebro are the common denominator of this stage C.
The iconic wine-producing towns of Cenicero and San Asensio -which we will find at the beginning of the stage- are followed by a long section in which the "why" of the importance of the Rioja Denomination of Origin is intuited. Large plantations of vineyards interspersed with cereal crops, lead almost suddenly to the Wine Cellars Quarter of Rodezno, one of the pioneers in terms of enhancing the value of these groups of traditional wineries semi-submerged in the earth.
From its viewpoint we will observe the territory - already more humanized - that we still have to cover to reach the end of the route in Haro.
The Villa de Ollauri, 4 kilometers from the end, hides under its subsoil the almost 2 kilometers of surprising tunnels-calaos - covered with its old collection of centuries-old wines - of the Conde de los Andes Winery. The popularity of other adjoining wineries such as Beronia or Valenciso reminds us that we are very close to Haro, and that there must be some reason for this Villa-City to be known as "La Capital del Rioja"


The SLOW option is totally different from its "big sister". After a few initial kilometers through the lands of La Rioja Alavesa, passing through unique and renowned vineyards, at km 8 the route clings to the river in Baños de Ebro and does not leave it until its end in Haro.
The medieval town of Briones, with a balcony overlooking a spectacular double meander of the Ebro between Briones and San Vicente, is by all accounts the "must" stop point of the day. Narrow streets, walls and old palaces invite you to slow down and let yourself be in the place. At its feet, outside the walls, the Vivanco Wine Museum - one of the largest in the world in terms of its theme - also invites you to stop. It really is difficult to move forward with so much "entertainment". When we decide to continue, we will descend again to the Ebro to accompany it in the 13 kilometers that separate us from the end of the stage in Haro.

Hut on the roads of the Ebro Hut in La Veguilla

Chozos, characteristic element of the Riojan vineyard. Normally of simple construction and sometimes more spectacular, like this one in the La Veguilla vineyards.

Barrio Bodegas Rodezno

Rodezno Wine Cellars Quarter - Rioja Alta

Cyclists in the vineyard

Variety of vines on the banks of Ebro river.

Vineyards in Briones Meander

Impressive meander of the Ebro between Briones and San Vicente de la Sonsierra. Behind, the Cantabria Range.

Davalillo Castle in november

Cantabria Range and Davalillo Castle in november.

Vivanco museum in Briones Meander

The Vivanco wine museum, one of the largest wine-themed museums in the world, is well worth a visit. It just doesn't let anyone down. In the photo; view of it from the viewpoint promenade of the medieval village of Briones.

Haro in the vineyard

En of stage, Haro the "Capital of Rioja".


Stage D: Haro - Samaniego
Distance 39 / 25 km - Unevenness 445 / 350 m

La Sonsierra Vineyards


From Haro JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE RIOJA reorient its direction on the map and the kilometers begin to go east looking towards Logroño. The route follows the banks of the Ebro, this time along the Briñas meander. Halfway through the stage, the impressive Castillo/Church of San Vicente de la Sonsierra complex, protecting -or guarding- the hamlet at its feet, undoubtedly becomes the stopping point of the day.
The section that continues until we reach Baños de Ebro is one of the most solitary and beautiful sections of the route in which we will always pedal under the gaze of the Castle of Davalillo -strategically located to watch over the ford-pass that the river hides at its feet.
The last kilometers of the ascent to Samaniego compensate for the demand of its upward trend with the increasingly enveloping presence of the Cantabria Range´s cliffs, which block all views to the North and at whose feet the town sits.


The SLOW option maintains the essence of the route. Due to the need to shorten the itinerary, the Briñas Meander is simply eliminated at the start of the stage and later, from San Vicente de la Sonsierra, the route leaves the Ebro and ascends directly but in a more concealed way than the original route towards the foot of the Cantabria Range under whose cliffs the stage ends in Samaniego.

Chozo in the wineyards-1 Chozo in the wineyards-2

Chozo inside the wineyards on the country near Haro. The Cantabria Range closes the picture.

San Vicente de la Sonsierra - Medieval bridge San Vicente de la Sonsierra - Church

Imposing monumental complex Church / Castle and medieval bridge in San Vicente de la Sonsierra.

Fountain in San Vicente

Replenishing energy and water San Vicente de la Sonsierra.

Briones meander flooded

Sometimes the river recovers its area of influence and saturates the vineyards with water. Flood in the Briones Meander.

Macan winerie in Autumn-1 Macan winerie in Autumn-2

Impresive landscape; MACAN winerie under the Cantabria Range, the Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia project in La Rioja Alavesa.


Stage E: Circular Samaniego
Distance 52 / 33 km - Unevenness 1.050 / 630 m

Rioja Alavesa


The steep slopes of the southern face of the Cantabria Range bring together in its geography one of the largest concentrations of unique Terroirs of La Rioja. This environment of terraced slopes, remains of prehistoric wine presses, ancient medieval tombs carved into the rock and the aforementioned Terroirs has been what has justified doubling the night and adding a circular stage with its own identity in Samaniego.
As can be guessed from the profile, the stage is somewhat more demanding than usual in terms of sports.
hen we decide to take the inevitable breather in any of the restaurants in Labastida, the most difficult will already be done. However, we will not fail to make an effort again in the ascent between the old vineyards of Puerto Rubio to Las Mugas Viewpoint, one of those privileged points in which we will realize again that we are on a JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE RIOJA.


It has been necessary to remove Labastida from the route to ensure that the SLOW option can be considered as such. The stage, however, maintains the same intensity of the aforementioned elements that give character to the route. In this case, from the Terroirs of Puerto Rubio we will descend directly to Baños de Ebro, one of those towns that, regardless of what the official statistics say, we dare to include among the possessors of the most wineries per inhabitant on the entire planet.

Hut in El Bombon

Chozo El Bombón, Contador and Macán Wineyards.

Vendimia en Labastida

Harvest days in Labastida vineyards.

Terroirs in Labastida

Terraced Terroirs in Labastida

Terroirs in Ebro Basin

Terroirs the Ebro Basin


Necropolis San Andres, tombs excavated in the rock over the Singular Vineyards of La Nava.


Terroirs of Puerto Rubio


Stage F: Samaniego - Logroño
Distance 50 / 33 km - Unevenness 795 / 405 m

Cantabria Range - Terroirs and Dolmens


The slopes of "Sierra de Cantabria" monopolize the territory that houses practically all the kilometers of this last stage which runs almost entirely through the Rioja Alavesa.

Small terraced vineyards "terroirs" adapt to the complicated morphology generated by the ravines that descend from the mountain range. From this complexity and from the multitude of microclimates that this generates, the possibility of "playing" with the modern concept of singular and author wines that characterize current oenology arises.

La Huesera, La Hechicera and El Encinar, the 3 dolmens that almost unintentionally link the track, reinforce backwards in time the historical sequence that began in the architectural contemporaneity of modern wineries and continued in the homogeneous medieval profile present in all the villages that we pass through, Elvillar, Kripán, Vinasperi, Iekora, the monumental Labraza... Demanding sequence of village-valley village-valley that gives the stage a PLUS in sporting terms over the previous stages of JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE RIOJA. In our favor is the detail that all the valleys we cross allow us to "escape" -if the forces falter- in a southerly direction and downhill, towards the end of the stage in LOGROÑO.

Dry lagoon of Carralogroño

Spectacular autumn in La Rioja. Carralogroño dry lagoon in the vicinity of Laguardia. In the background the Cantabria Range.

Dolmen-La-hechicera Dolmen-La-hechicera and group of cyclists

Dolmen de La Hechicera in the vicinity of Elvillar, a good place to rest in "eternity".

Cantabria Range-1

On the way to Logroño.

Cantabria Range-2

During today's stage the Cantabria Range is the clear protagonist.


Dolmen La Huesera, prehistoric monument between Laguardia and Elvillar.

Biker and Dolmen-El-Encinar

Dolmen El Encinar, the last of the series of 3 dolmens that are visited in today's stage.


A large part of today's stage takes place in the lands of Navarra. On the horizon the mountain called "The Sleeping Lion".

Walled town of Labraza

In the walled town of Labraza the route leaves the slopes of the Cantabria Range and descends towards the Ebro basin. We leave behind the sections with slopes that have given this last stage a somewhat more demanding character.


If you want, it´is posible to add 2 more circular stages to the JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE RIOJA standar packs.
If that is the case, we use stages G and H, that is: Circular Stages with start points in ELCIEGO or in HARO.
No just add, it is also posible to make variations of the principal set of stages which goes from stages A to F. We use stages G and/or H for that purpose.
If you are interested in making any changes, simply let us know.

Below we show you what you will find if you decide to add any of these stages to the route.

Stage G: Circular Elciego
Distance 53 / 29 km - Unevenness 530 / 470 m

Ebro South


As we move further South, and especially after crossing the Ebro river in Manueta, the Cantabria Range is left behind and paradoxically it is showing its true dimensions.
She is the "culprit" of generating the slopes full of Terroirs from which many of the best wines in Spain emerge.

Davalillo Castle Davalillo Castle seen from the vineyard

Davalillo Castle, impressive watchtower over the territory of La Rioja. Among its main functions was to watch over the ford that the Ebro river hides at that point.

Barrio de Bodegas in San-Asensio

Barrio de Bodegas of San Asensio and the Cantabria Range, a geographical barrier always delimiting La Rioja to the North.

Wineyard at fall

November in Najerilla basin near Najera.

Bodegas-Lecea-stairs Bodegas-Lecea-barrels

Descent towards the CENTER OF THE EARTH in the calaos of Bodegas Lecea.
These calaos - caves - are largely responsible for the name of the route. Both they and the vineyards that fill their barrels -located on a slight elevation that resembles an island in a sea of vines in the very CENTER OF THE RIOJA Alta- colluded and "ordered" the name of the route.

Bodegas-Lecea-grupo mujeres en bici

The owner of the winery, Luis Alberto Lecea -a lifetime dedicated to the world of wine- directing the visit of the group of cyclists GIRLS BIKE Experience 2018.

Terroirs in Alto Najerilla

Terroirs in Alto Najerilla.

Stage H: Circular Haro
Distance 45 / 28 km - Unevenness 650 / 310 m

Ebro West - Obarenes Vineyards

Haro, Capital of Rioja

Today's stage starts and ends in the city of Haro, the "Capital of Rioja". We will be able to verify it crossing the famous Barrio de la Estación with its impressive accumulation of century-old cellars.

Horizonte de Montes Obarenes

The Obarenes Mountains delimit La Rioja to the West

Village of Sajazarra

The castle and the village of Sajazarra warn us that we are in the "ecuador" of the track.

Pulpito de La Rioja

Cellorigo, the "Púlpito de La Rioja". As soon as we arrive we will know why.




Journey to the Center of the Rioja


6 Stages / 7 Nights
Minimum group 1 people

4.936 €
Prix par person in Single Room

3.840 €
Prix par person if you decide share the room

4 Stages / 5 Nights
Included stages: B + C + D + F
Minimum group 1 people

3.660 €
Prix par person in Single Room

2.840 €
Prix par person if you decide share the room

For groups larger than 10 people customized budget will be send

Pack hired with Pirineos PUNTO BIKE CIF 15954000-G -Travel Agency-
Inscribed in the Tourist Registry of Navarra with Code CI. NA-128

Check here for detailed Contract conditions


Journey to the Center of the Rioja


6 Stages / 7 Nights
Minimum group 6 people

7.860 €
Prix par person in Single Room

6.640 €
Prix par person if you decide share the room

4 Stages / 5 Nights
Included stages: B + C + D + F
Minimum group 6 people

5.440 €
Prix par person in Single Room

4.450 €
Prix par person if you decide share the room

For groups larger than 10 people customized budget will be send

Pack hired with Pirineos PUNTO BIKE CIF 15954000-G -Travel Agency-
Inscribed in the Tourist Registry of Navarra with Code CI. NA-128

Check here for detailed Contract conditions


  • 7 or 5 nights of accommodation with breakfast
    The number depends on the chosen Pack
  • 7 or 5 Dinner in format of Gastronomic Experience
    The number depends on the chosen Pack
  • Transport of luggage between hotels
    1 bag or package per person
  • Travel and sport insurance
  • 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
  • Telephone assistance for incidents or consultations during the days of the contracted activity
  • 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
  • Support vehicle accompanying the group
      Only when the hired pack is a Guided Pack
  • Bicycle standard or electric
    If any of the cyclists wishes to use their own bike, this concept will be discounted
      Only when the hired pack is a Guided Pack
  • Accompanying Cycling tour guide
      Only when the hired pack is a Guided Pack
  • Provisioning and/or meals en route These may be country lunches or meals in restaurants. It will be decided according to the stage
      Only when the hired pack is a Guided Pack
  • Entrances to wineries, museums or any other type of tourist visit
      Only when the hired pack is a Guided Pack


  • 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 the Pack is a Self-Guided Pack
    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


  • Airport/station pick up
    We put you in contact with the transfer companies that provide these services. We do not include its cost in our proposal.
  • Include in the group no cycling companions
  • Bicycle rental
    We put you in touch with a rental service in the nearest place to the route start point


  • 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: The tour is designed so that the stages can be completed and we still have a large part of the day to enjoy the place where we are.
       However, if you want more hardness, we will give you MORE.
  • Best time to go: The route can be done at any time of the year as long as there is no snow, something unusual in La Rioja.
       Spring and Autumn are usually the most pleasant seasons; In summer it can be hot and it is advisable to get up early.
       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 immersing ourselves in that sea of red vineyards becomes something almost. So if you can afford to choose those dates, there is no question. This is the "Star" moment to visit LA RIOJA
  • Orientation: The route must be followed with a GPS device or with the mobile phone App that you are used to using for the same purpose.
       It is not advisable to try to learn how to use an App on the fly.
       We do not provide Apps or GPS user manuals. It is up to the users to have this knowledge.
       There is no on-site signage.
  • Provisioning: La Rioja is not a desert. We will find towns with water and other services without too many difficulties.

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