- Difficulty: Moderate
- Category: Cycling, self-guided
- Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
- Recommended time of year: 1st April - 31st October
Self-guided, moderate level cycling tour through Sierra de la Demanda Natural Park to La Rioja.
- Start in the beautiful Castilian city of Burgos. Hotel in front of the Cathedral.
- Two days along cycle lanes exploring the Sierra de la Demanda Natural Park.
- Once in the Rioja region visit stunning Monastery of Yuso.
- Several days pleasant cycling amongst vineyards.
- Self-guided, cycling tour with luggage transfers included.
The cycle starts in the castillian city of Burgos, and from here you will follow a "via verde" (disused rail track adapted as a cycle route) into the heart of the Sierra de la Demanda Natural Park. The river Najerilla is followed downstream amongst spectacular landscapes to reach the Monastery of Yuso (birthplace to the Castilian language).
The journey then takes you to the rich land of La Rioja where you will enjoy the last three days cycling along quiet country lanes, surrounded by vineyards, in the Ebro river valley. There will be plenty of chances to visit famous wineries, some with very exciting architectural designs, and taste the excellent wines of La Rioja.
Which airport should I fly to? Bilbao or Madrid International Airports.
How do I get to the Starting Point? From Bilbao there are frequent buses to Burgos. From Madrid there are high speed trains taking two hours to reach Burgos.
How do I get back? Public transport again. Bus or trains available.
Day 1: Arrival to Burgos
Your tour begins as you reach the beautiful old city of Burgos, in the northern plains of Castilla. Your hotel is very much in the centre of town, overlooking one of the most outstanding cathedrals of Spain. You will have a chance to explore the city centre before setting off in the morning.
Day 2: Burgos to Pineda de la Sierra
On day 2 you will receive your bikes and set off along a lovely cycle path out of the city. Once out of town, you will join the famous pilgrim´s route: the “Camino de Santiago” for a few kilometres and later you will cycle towards the mountains of La Demanda on another excellent cycle track. This cycle track takes you completely away from traffic and deep into dense oak and beech woodland following a disused railway track which used to bring coal from the mines up on the hills.
29 miles (47 km)
Day 3: Pineda de la Sierra to Viniegra de Abajo
After a night in the picturesque village of Pineda de la Demanda, you will join the cycle track once again for another stunning day in this nature reserve. At the end of the cycle track you will join quiet country roads following the river Najerilla downstream, amongst spectacular landscapes. You will spend the night in a beautiful and isolated mountain village.
37 miles (61 km)
Day 4: Viniegra to San Millan de la Cogolla
On day 4 you will cycle through small villages and mountain landscapes, still following the river downstream to reach the extraordinary and ancient Monastery of Yuso, in San Millán de la Cogolla (birthplace to the first written record of the Castilian language).
28 miles (44 km)
Day 5: San Millán de la Cogolla to San Vicente de la Sonsierra
Takes you into the rich valley of the Ebro River, where the famed Rioja grapes are grown. You will cycle along rolling hills of extraordinary beauty, amongst ancient vineyards and other cultivations. You will spend two nights at San Vicente de la Sonsierra, from where you can explore these landscapes.
21 miles (34 km)
Day 6: Round trip San Vicente de la Sonsierra
Will take you to a vantage point that offers you outstanding views over this “wine valley” and later you will visit historic Haro, in the epicentre of the wine production area. Finally, you will cycle beside the river Ebro amongst beautifully cared for fields upon fields of vines.
21 miles (33 km)
Day 7: San Vicente de la Sonsierra to El Ciego
On day 7 you will cycle from San Vicente de la Sonsierra to the medieval town of Laguardia, just inside the Basque region, exploring some of the most famous wineries and the extraordinary architectural designs of their buildings and of course not missing the chance to taste some of the best wines that this region has to offer.
21 miles (32 km)
Day 8: Departure
Return to Bilbao or Madrid from Logroño.
Day 1 in centrally located city hotel. Days 2 through to 7 in small rural hotels with character.
Day 1, Burgos
Day 2, Pineda de la Sierra
Day 3, Viniegra de Abajo
Day 4, San Millán de la Cogolla
Day 5 and 6, San Vicente de la Sonsierra
Day 7, El Ciego
Our hire bikes and equipment:
A bicycle specialist will deliver your hire bike and adjust it to your specifications. We provide you with fully equipped touring bicycles. Remember that we carry your luggage between hotels so you can travel light.
- Price: 691€ per person
- Single room supplement: 92€
- Solo Traveller supplement: 247€
- Half board / dinners (wine not incl.): 140€
- Bike hire: 90€
- GPS rental (one per group): 15€
- 7 nights´ accommodation.
- 7 breakfasts and 1 dinner.
- Luggage transfers between hotels.
- Detailed maps with your trail clearly marked.
- Itinerary description, full of recommendations for things to do and places to visit, advice and suggestions and information about your accommodation, etc.
- Emergency support.
- Activity insurance.
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Cycling to La Rioja