SENIORS TRAVEL TO LA RIOJA, SPAIN



Seniors Visit Famous Wine Area

La-Rioja-Region-CountryBred La Rioja is a province in Spain, located in the north of the Iberian Peninsula. Its capital is Logroño, the region’s largest city. Senior oenophiles know the many fine wines from the La Rioja region.

This area of Spain has over 500 wineries and is internationally famous for the quality of its wines. Rioja ranks as the granddaddy of them all. La Rioja wine exists in seven varieties, four of them red and three white. Plan to take in what many consider the best wine museum in the world at the Dinastía Vivanco in Briones.

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As well as wine tasting, a visit to this region also offers a range of activities which take place in and around the vineyards, including horse-riding and hot-air ballooning.  Located in north east Spain along the Ebro River it is protected to the north by the Cantabrian Mountains.

 Seniors Find The Way To Santiago

This region is closely linked to the famous Way of Saint James pilgrim route, (Camino de Santiago) and has a host of cultural attractions. Senior visitors can enjoy adventurous fun like skiing, biking or white-water rafting, while the more leisurely paced will enjoy sipping wine in the region’s lush vineyards, or trekking along the famous pilgrims’ trail to Santiago.

When I lived in Paris I remember many young folks would walk the entire trail from France to Santiago. The monasteries along that way carry high artistic and cultural importance. Close by you will discover the neighboring Basque Country and Navarre regions.

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Two well known attractions include the Parque Zoologica Riojanatura and the Calle del Laurel. Laurel Street runs parallel to the Breton de los Herreros, the place where the ancient walls of Logroño stood until it was demolished in 1862. Today Laurel street is a great place for just strolling and shopping.

 Regional Gastronomy And Local Wines, The Greatest

It is here that senior visitors will find some of the greatest red wines in the world, and also some of the best values for older wines. The BBC can fill in your itinerary with a mini-guide of the entire area. For you senior gourmands, the regional gastronomy is outstanding.

Spring and fall are the prime visiting seasons. Late September into October is harvest time. Maybe even bring along your favorite copa and enjoy sipping on the spot. It will be a memorable visit. -jeb

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