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La Rioja and The Ebro River | Self Guided

This spectacular trip follows Spain’s longest river, the Ebro, from its source in the Cantabrian mountains through green valleys, magnificent canyons and some of Spain’s undiscovered and most beautiful villages. Arriving in La Rioja, famed for its fine wine, this tour passes through vineyards, traditional villages and past ancient castles, providing a unique view of this relatively undiscovered region.

What not to miss

  • Tasting the finest local Rioja wines
  • Spectacular views of the Calabrian mountains and River Ebro canyons
  • Medina de Pomar and Frias – Two of Spain’s beautiful undiscovered villages

What’s included

  • Hotel accommodation
  • Bed & breakfast
  • 5 evening meals
  • Luggage transfers
  • Touring bikes with puncture repair kits
  • Route maps and instructions
  • Welcome meeting and assistance if required
Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Spain

La Rioja and The Ebro River | Self Guided

Day 1 | Arrive at Bilbao or Santander

Transfer to your first hotel in the town of Campoo located in the High Ebro where you will be met by your representative and set up with your bike for the week before dinner.

Day 2 | Cycle Campoo to Polientes | Distance 38 miles (59km)

Your first day in the saddle takes your through some fabulous and untouched scenery from the green landscapes of the Cantabrian mountains and along the edge of the Ebro Reservoir with the chance to stop and visit the tranquil Monastery of Montesclaros. The route then follows the Ebro again, along the Valley of Valderredible before reaching Polientes your stop for tonight’s dinner. There is a longer version of the route available which circles the Ebro Reservoir (61 miles/97 km).

Day 3 | Cycle Polientes to Pesquera de Ebro | Distance 27 miles (43km)

Today the route continues through the valley of Valderredible following the river past churches carved into the rock, such as the Romanesque church of San Martin de Elines, which are characteristic of the region. You will also be able to visit Orbaneja del Castillo, a stunningly picturesque village, surrounded by rocky cliffs with a waterfall running through its centre. As you approach the pretty village of Pesquera, you’ll cycle through striking canyons created by the River Ebro.

Day 4 | Cycle Pesquera de Ebro to Medina de Pomar | Distance 23 miles (36km) or 39 miles (63km)

The lovely route follows the huge bend of the Ebro through peaceful and undiscovered villages and on to the Castillian town of Medina de Pomar. There is the opportunity to extend the route by riding to the spectacular village of Puentedy which is located on a rock overlooking the River Nela. Enjoy a pre-dinner stroll and visit the castle and old Jewish quarter in Medina de Pomar.

Day 5 | Cycle Medina de Pomar to Frias | Distance 36 miles (58km)

Re-joining the Ebro valley, the route takes you along quiet country roads which hug the river until your reach the rich fertile plains around your stop for the night in Frias. On route you can visit the 12th Century Church of San Pedro de Tejada. Frias is considered the smallest ‘city’ in Spain but is a medieval village built around a castle with impressive valley views.

Day 6 | Cycle Frias to Haro | Distance 39 miles (62 km)

Departing Frias, your cycle route follows a spectacular canyon and the shores of a reservoir surrounded by high mountains with time for a coffee stop at Miranda del Ebro before passing into the huge open valley of La Rioja. Your destination for tonight is the wine producing village of Haro and your first chance to taste a glass of Rioja from its source!

Day 7 | Cycle Haro to Laguardia | Distance 15 miles (25km) or 31 miles (50km)

Your final day on tour, takes your through endless vineyards and many beautiful wine villages of La Rioja. The landscape of la Rioja offers stunning views of the Sierra de Cantabria mountains and of course the River Ebro itself as you pedal toward the walled medieval village of Laguardia, a picture postcard Basque town surrounded by vineyards. Stock up on some of the regions best Rioja before leaving!

Day 8 | Departure

We say “adios” before your transfer to Bilbao or Santander at 9am.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Spain

La Rioja and The Ebro River | Self Guided

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Spain

La Rioja and The Ebro River | Self Guided

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Hospederia de los Parajes, La Guardia

3 Star

This historic building is centrally situated and the well-designed rooms are built around a stone patio each with their own terrace or balcony. The stylish hotel featuring wood beams and stone walls has its own spa, tapas and wine bar and two rustic restaurants.

Hotel Arrope, Haro

3 Star

This stylish 19th Century hotel is located in an excellent central location in Haro. The modern bedrooms are brightly furnished and the bar and restaurant has an extensive wine cellar.

Hotel Cuartelillo, Polientes

4 Star

Previously the house of a wealthy family, this charming rural hotel has been beautifully restored but retains its stone walls and wooden beams. The hotel offers stunning views of the valley and a pretty courtyard.

Hotel Romanca, Medina de Pomar

4 Star

This charming rural hotel has been carefully renovated in a traditional style and provides contemporary designed bedrooms as well as a popular restaurant serving local dishes and wines. 

Posada de Ormas, Campoo

A delightfully converted farmhouse with individually and colourfully decorated rooms, with original stone walls. Relax in the comfortable lounge area and enjoy traditional food in the restaurant and bar.

Posada Molino del Canto, Burgos

Situated in a stunning valley by the River Ebro, the former millworkers home has been restored into a beautiful guesthouse retaining its authenticity and offers delicious seasonal cooking.

Poza de la Torca, Frias

Surrounded by picturesque landscapes this guesthouse has been converted from a former family home offering a warm welcome, terrace and dining room with an authentic fireplace. 

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Spain

La Rioja and The Ebro River | Self Guided

2019 Departure Dates

Tour Only Price

Deaprture Dates Nights Adult Price  
April - October 7 £1135 Enquire Now

Package Price (Flights and Transfers Included)

Deaprture Dates Nights Adult Price  
April - October 7 £1365 Enquire Now


Single Occupancy Supplement: £42 per night

E-Bike Supplement: £90 per person

Road Bike Supplement: £65 per person

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