La Rioja

La Rioja is located in the northern part of Spain. The capital of the La Rioja province is Logrono. Other notable cities in the province include Arnedo, Calahorra, Haro, Alfaro, Najera, and Santa Domingo de la Calzada. The area of La Rioja is served by Bilbao Airport. As the province is quite large and there are several things to do and see, it is recommended to consider car hire at Bilbao airport to meet all of your transportation needs while visiting the province.

The La Rioja province offers visitors a wonderful Mediterranean climate. Throughout the year, the temperatures in the area range from 11 degrees Celsius to 32 degrees Celsius. One other thing that is quite common throughout the year is the Cierzo wind, which is frequent in the area during the winter months.

There are several significant monuments located throughout the province. One of the monuments to visit is the Monastery of Santa Maria la Real of Najera. The monastery was a royal foundation originally. It was later ceded by Alfonso VI given to the Cluniac order. The monastery was an important stop on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.

Other places of interest located in the province include the Concatedral of Santa Maria, the San Millan of the Cogolla, the Church of Santo Tomas, and the Cathedral of Santo Domingo.

The area of La Rioja is extremely well-known for its wine-making tradition. The vineyards in the area were mostly found by the ancient Romans. Outside of Spain, La Rioja wine was the most recognized name of Spanish wine throughout the world during the turn of the 20th century. However, due to the vintages underperforming during the 1980s, causing high prices, the sales of the wine declined in other regions in Spain started to emerge. During the early nineties, sales began to improve and the area is once again one of the premier wine regions of the country.

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