12 days of Christmas: day 3

Before spending two weeks vacation in San Sebastian, we had a couple of days in Rioja, specifically the old walled town of Laguardia. This is one of the many glorious views taken from the gardens surrounding the village, looking out over the vineyards, as the clouds rolled in.

With its beautiful rolling landscapes, medieval hamlets and exquisite wines, Rioja is Spain’s Tuscany. The wine country is subdivided into three regions: Rioja Alta (where most of the oldest vineyards are located in and around Haro), Rioja Alavesa (which also belongs geographically to the Basque Country, and is home to some of the prettiest towns such as Laguardia and Samaniego) and Rioja Baja (further southeast, a larger, more arid region whose main hub is Calahorra). Even though we were only there for a couple of days, we managed to try lots of its wines!

10 thoughts on “12 days of Christmas: day 3

      1. Everyone cycles in the Basque country which has spectacular scenery plenty of safe roads, also loads of gravel and paved roads plus mtb trails – cycling heaven.

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    1. Thanks! The vineyards are lush thanks to a mixture of rain and plenty of sunshine. And no the weather didn’t hold, we did get some rain.

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