Rioja – Short Break!


 I’m currently organising another Short Break – this time to Rioja, Monday 26th – Friday 30th October 2015. I’m biased, of course, but it should be an excellent trip!

All the details are not yet confirmed. However I am able to give out some information which may tempt you!

Clearly, considering the destination, this will certainly be a wine orientated trip – but that’s not all! There will be historical, architectural and cultural elements to the tour, as well as the three bodegas we will be visiting.

One of these bodegas is a new project, with very good wines – they also have their own lovely boutique hotel, set within their vineyards. We will have a gourmet dinner here on two of the four nights – with wine from their own cellars – claro! This is also a Spa Hotel and I have negotiated a 2 hour circuit of the Spa to be included in the price!

 Finca Los Almendros -RESTAURANTE-6

Of course, we will also have a tour of their bodega and a tasting of their wines.

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Our other hotel, 4*, is in the capital city of Rioja, Logroño, located very close to the bar/restaurants that are part of the Tapas Route. We will be here for two nights and during the days we will visit:


  1. Bodegas Muga, in Haro, for a rather special day – a tour of the bodega, including watching the coopers make and toast the French Oak Barrels, and then a super, traditional Riojana lunch.
One of the reasons I moved to Spain!
One of the reasons I moved to Spain!
  1. Another classic and famous bodega, as yet to be confirmed, and probably with lunch also.

We will also have a day trip to two Monasteries, opposite each other and each with their own story to tell. This is where Castellano (the Spanish Language) was first written down, over one thousand years ago! Our English speaking guide will show us the beautiful works of those ancient Monks!

 Monastères de San Millán de Yuso et de Suso

 I have taken a dozen bookings so far so please note that we now only have 12 places available for this trip as this will fill the boutique hotel, and is also the maximum number we are able to take to Bodegas Muga.

This Short Break will therefore have to be on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to make a provisional booking for this trip, subject of course, to the cost and some other details, which have yet to be confirmed please let me know as soon as possible. If these other details don’t suit, you can of course cancel. Gracias!