PICTURE YOURSELF IN RIOJA. You are on holidays and a whole week of experiences lies ahead.
What can you do and see, where should you absolutely go, what are the "musts" for your first stay in Rioja?
A suggested itinerary for a week in Rioja:
Day 1-Arrival. Land in Bilbao or Logroño.
Bilbao is the nearest international airport, merely 1 hour and 15 minutes away from Casa Josephine (highway).
There are direct flights to Bilbao from most European airports.
If you are flying from America or elsewhere, you will land first in Madrid or Barcelona, from where you can fly to Bilbao or Logroño (25 minutes from Casa Josephine).
Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is an absolute gem for architecture and art lovers. Frank Gehry simply changed the looks and the course of history for the city of Bilbao, which was dull, grey and unfriendly before the Museum existed.
Please note: the restaurant at the Museum is outstanding.
Check-in at Casa Josephine and relax. We will meet you at the house with a bottle of red Rioja (how else?).
Day 2- Simply RELAX.
Believe us: there is no better way to start your holidays. Dont plan anything for today. Just take a break and enjoy your leisure at Casa Josephine. Linger in bed, chat with the neighbours, walk in the hills around the village, read, try cooking a local recipe....experience the pleasure of the slow life. Time is luxury.
Day 3- Wine and wineries.
Drive among vineyards to Haro, capital of Rioja Wine, 30 minutes away from us. All over the area, on both banks of River Ebro, there are dozens of outstanding wineries that are worth visiting....from 15th century cellars to 21st hi-tech striking buildings.
(Please scroll down for a list of our ten favourites, or simply ask!)
Because that area has been traditionally aristocratic and wealthy, there are lovely palaces, churches and churches in the area: Abalos, Haro, San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Briñas.
Day 4- Dinosaurs al fresco.
Did you know that Rioja has the biggest palaeontological site with dinosaurs' footprints IN THE WORLD?
If you are travelling with children, this excursion is a must. It is a full-day excursion to a series of valleys in the Eastern part of Rioja.
1 hour 30 minutes from Casa Josephine you will find the
This can be a real treat for children. As there are hundreds of footprints scattered over several hectares, you will be provided with a map and you can discover the sites on your own.
There are many nice villages in the area. Finding a place to eat (and to eat well) is also easy.
Day 5- A quaint Medieval capital.
You may use this day's morning to get familiar with the city of
There are excellent choices for lunch in Logroño.
In the afternoon, visit Laguardia, a lovely fortified Medieval village just six miles South of Logroño, on the other bank of the river where Santiago Calatrava recently built a winery.
(Please note: The bests spas in Northern Spain are, for some reason, in Logroño).
A full-day excursion to
Halfway between Casa Josephine and
Bienvenidos a la Rioja!
Bienvenidos a Casa Josephine!