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Biking La Rioja- the descent of the River Ebro- 9 days

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Tour date:

12-20 September


1 person in double share: 940 €

Single person: 1070 €

Bike hire: 98 €

Tour date:

12-20 September


1 person in double share: 940 €

Single person: 1070 €

Bike hire: 98 €


Night One: Riaño- Cantabria

Night Two: Villanueva de la Nía- Cantabria

Night Three: Pesquera de Ebro- Burgos

Night Four: Quintana de Valdivielso- Burgos

Night Five: Frías (Herrán)- Burgos

Night Six: Haro- Rioja Wine Region

Night Seven and Eight: Laguardia- Rioja Wine Region


Day 1 Arrival and transfer to Fontibre (Riaño) - Cantabria

 Met in Bilbao or Santander by our friendly and experienced English speaking Representative and transferred to Fontibre (Riaño) and your comfortable hotel.  Upon arrival receive a comprehensive introduction to your bikes and a route briefing.

Spend the rest of the day discovering the area..

Day 2 Riaño - Villanueva de la Nía  Distance: Short: 53 km- 33 miles Long: 90 km- 56 miles


This stage takes us through some fabulous and unspoilt scenery. From the green mountain pastures of the Cantabrian Mountains, along the shores of the Ebro Reservoir, past the Monastery of Montesclaros surrounded by forests to finally rejoin the Ebro in the Valley of Valderredible and tonight’s stop in Villanueva de la Nía.

Those on the short version follow the river direct to Villanueva. The longer version circumnavigates the Ebro Reservoir.

Day 3 Villanueva de la Nía- Pesquera de Ebro  Distance 53 km – 33 miles (route extensions available)

We begin by cycling through the open valley of Valderredible. Take the opportunity to visit the Romanesque church of San Martín de Elines and also the churches carved into the very rock which are so characteristic of this region. As we progress down the river, the sides of the valley begin to close in until we find ourselves in a marvellous canyon of ever-increasing dimensions, where eagles and vultures soar overhead. Stop to visit the fairytale village of Orbaneja del Castillo with its cascades running through the village. As we approach Pesquera, the canyon of the Ebro reaches unbelievable dimensions before we finally reach the attractive village that will be tonight’s resting-place.

Day 4 Pesquera de Ebro- Quintana de Valdivielso Distance: Short 37 km – 23 miles  Long 71 km – 44 miles 

A beautiful route which follows a huge bend of the river through the most picturesque and undiscovered villages.

Take the optional longer route to visit the old quarter of Medina de Pomar with its castle dominating the town and the surrounding landscape.

More eagles and vultures as we rejoin the river in yet another canyon.

Tonight’s stop is in the little village of Quintana de Valdivieso.


Day 5 Quintana de Valdivielso- Frías (Herrán)  Distance: Short 37 km – 23 miles Long 54 km – 34 miles

This route takes us along a quiet country road running parallel to the river where the valley begins to open out again.

Visit the Romanesque church of San Pedro de Tejada and soon we are cycling through yet another canyon, which then opens out into the fertile valley around Frías. This is a spectacular village built around its castle and enjoying fine views of the Ebro Valley.

Our longer route takes a more roundabout trip through the valley of Frías. We finally reach tonight’s stop in the hamlet of Herrán.

Day 6 Frías - Haro  Distance Short 41 km – 26 miles  Long 58 km – 36 miles

As we leave Frías the valley begins to close in on us again until we find ourselves in another spectacular canyon.

The road runs along the shores of a reservoir surrounded by high mountains and through short tunnels carved out of the rock.

The route crosses the little town of Miranda del Ebro before passing through imposing peaks that signal the gateway to the enormous open valley of La Rioja.

Tonight is spent in the wine-producing village of Haro, with a chance to drink a glass or two of Rioja in its birthplace. Our shorter route terminates in Miranda and we transfer to Haro.


Day 7 Haro- Laguardia  Distance 50 km – 31 miles

We begin Day Seven with a visit to one of the many famous bodegas in Haro, complete with wine tasting.

We then cycle through endless vineyards and numerous picturesque villages of La Rioja, with the backdrop of the Sierra de Cantabria mountains and the Ebro never too far away.

We finally reach the superb walled medieval village of Laguardia where, as in Haro, wine is almost a way of life.


Day 8 Free day in Laguardia

Explore La Rioja. Take a trip to the capital, Logroño.

Enjoy a tour round one of the bodegas with wine tasting included. Do some last minute shopping.

Take it easy, or take another last ride.

Cycle up to the “Balcony of La Rioja”, with its incomparable views over the valley and across to the neighbouring provinces of Soria, Navarra and Burgos.


Day 8: Transfer Laguardia – departure point

End of trip. Pick up from hotel and transfer to departure point.


 Accommodation in double, twin or single room with en-suite bathroom (see price list for prices and single supplement)
Continental style breakfast
Set evening meal on Day 4 Visit to wine bodega and wine tasting on Day 7
Transport to and from arrival / departure points
Information Pack with Route Guide and maps
Luggage transport between hotels

Not Included:

 Lunch & dinner
Bicycle hire (see price list)
Holiday extension

Terrain / Gradients:

 Generally easy cycling as the route follows the River Ebro as it flows downstream. Some days may involve some climbing when the route moves away from the river.
Easy to moderate.

Note: that partial transfers of riders with our support vehicle allow us to offer both short and long stages.


Day 1 – Bilbao – Fontibre.
Day 9 – Laguardia – Bilbao
Please note that differing pick up times may require some degree of customer flexibility

Holiday extensions Possibility of spending extra nights in Bilbao or Santander.



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