La Rioja one of the most important wine growing areas of Europe.
La Rioja looks like a large bowl, a depression surrounded by mountains.
The mountains of La Rioja are a paradise for hiking, climbing and other mountain related sports.
A large number of wine cellars were established and now there are more than 500 in the province.
In Roman times the territory of La Rioja was inhabited by the tribes of the Berones.
The territory of La Rioja was formerly known as the province of Logroño for the fortified site around which it developed.
La Rioja was taken by Napoleonic forces in the Peninsular War and remained solidly in French hands until 1814.
La Rioja is the smallest region of mainland Spain.
La Rioja is a province and autonomous community of northern Spain.
Its capital is Logrono.
The climate is mainly Mediterranean climate.
Total Area is 5,045 km2 (1,947.9 sq mi).
The region is rich in natural attractions and offers the visitor a great deal as well as the many opportunities to taste the famous local wines.
This region offers great possibilities for rural tourism, and if you like hunting, fishing, climbing or hiking this is where you need to be.
you can here enjoy Climbing, hiking, bungee jumping, paragliding and canoeing (in the Najerilla, Oja, Tirón, Iregua, Leza and Cidacos rivers) all popular sports.
The best time (months) of the year to visit La Rioja: February, June, September
It is well connected by air (the nearest airport is La Rioja-Agoncillo, on the N-232 road to Zaragoza).
The A-1 motorway which passes Burgos connects it to Madrid which is almost 388 kms away, Bilbao is 137 kms away on the AP-46 motorway (with pay tolls), Barcelona is on the AP-48 motorway (with pay tolls) 478 kms away and you reach Zaragoza which is 176 kms away on the same road.
There is a good coach service too which connects La Rioja to the rest of the country.
In La Rioja wine is an integral part of Spanish culture and cuisine.
In La Rioja there is an annual Wine Festival that is noted for its Batalla de Vino where participants conduct a food fight of sorts with wine.