Wine tours in Haro and Zudaire

There are always reasons that link you to a province or a region. It could be because you are from there or because the origins of your family belong to that area. It is also possible that it is the bonds of others, a couple or a relationship, which make you know those places to which you are voluntarily united. One of my lifelong friends was the one who discovered this fortunate province full of goods and since then I have been united to it. It is no coincidence that the first of my routes, published a few years ago on your website, was also in La Rioja.

In today’s route we come back here, in its northern slope reappears its immense wine culture that has given it its name around the world. We cross Navarre to be able to combine the best of both in this walk that returns us to the asphalt in 2014. Between both provinces we will enjoy a quiet route although not exempt of long zones of curves, with a gastronomy of another level and places where to take the camera to obtain panoramic views of first level.

The arrival in Haro is almost triumphal. Much time of waiting in this cold winter to return to the route. The goal is to arrive early to park the bike early and make some wine tasting in their cellars before dinner. If you are an amateur tapas and tasting here you will find one of the most propitious but less recognized places in the whole península according to rent scooter Barcelona team experts in Spain tourism.

We start the next day the route, saying goodbye to Haro with the feeling that it is one of those places to which I will return and looking for the road between endless vineyards. All the tourism and the benefits that wine has brought to these lands have been reflected in a singular way in its architecture. Both in the oenologically oriented hotels, authentic leisure and relaxation centres with wine as a commonplace. As well as the very modern wineries, with buildings commissioned to the most awarded architects, are part of the landscape of these lands. It is very striking how tradition and modernity unite along the kilometres.

Bastida and Laguardia conserve the most historic part of this part of the route. We see walls and fortresses instead of buildings taken from science fiction books, and the mixture of the two is not bad. It is the way wine has adapted to the 21st century, observing the valley from the old fortress, contemplating in the background cellar buildings with impossible aluminium ailerons taken from any novel by Orwell surrounded by vineyards. Without a doubt very particular, I love it.

We are looking for the route of quite a few curves to accompany the Ebro at its entrance in Logroño. Zaragoza has always taken the leading role from Logroño in its relationship with the Ebro, although it is true that it is in the capital city where this river shines most splendidly, also in the capital of La Rioja marks all the sense of the city as it passes. Our step or better said our rodada, takes us to the famous laurel street, we are getting closer to midday and the street of tapas par excellence of the capital gives us the best of itself.

It is worth to enjoy its streets and to visit it with the calm, to dedicate a little time to it although the night falls soon in these winter routes. Our departure to Los Arcos avoiding the motorway surprises us with a more than interesting stretch of unevenness and curves linked in a part of the route very fun to drive.

And from here to Zudaire is more of the same, you go through valleys with that feeling of going a little lost because you do not see many towns that give you some reference to your step. It is the part of the route that gives you more contact with nature, even more when you cross the Sierra de Urbasa Park. We did not have special luck in this step, a dense fog covered it doing of our rodada an ode to the prudence, I wish you better luck with the climate when you cheer up with this route as said by the city tours Barcelona team.