Vineyards in Rioja, Spain. Flickr:Javier Colmenero

Wine tasting in La Rioja, Spain. Flickr:Gideon
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La Rioja - Land of Wine Bike Tour

Spain Bike Tours

Bike along the Ebro River from the Cantabrian Mountains to the vineyards of Rioja

  • This unique bike tour in Spain follows the Ebro River, the country's longest, as it flows from its source in the Cantabrian Mountains. It begins as a mountain stream, gathering strength and force as it flows, passing through green pastures, valleys, imposing canyons, vineyards, and lovely, secluded villages.

    Cycling this region allows you to experience the changes in the landscape and the river itself. As you descend, following the banks, the river widens and the climate and the vegetation change from the cool, dry mountain climate, slowly becoming more Mediterranean.

    Upon arrival in La Rioja, home of the finest Spanish wines, a sea of vineyards dotted with ancient villages, castles and wineries will be your backdrop. This is a perfect bike tour for those who wish to visit parts of Spain that most tourists never see.


    • Cantabrian Mountains
    • Ebro Reservoir
    • Monastery of Montesclaros
    • Romanesque church of San Martín de Elines
    • Picturesque villages, riverbank scenery, and world-famous wine!

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  • 2020

    Double/twin: $ 2063 £ 1036 $ 1,788 1150 $ 2134 kr 12816 $ 1,279 Single: $ 2573 £ 1292 $ 2,229 1434 $ 2661 kr 15981 $ 1,595 Non-standard start date for groups up to three:   $ 178 £ 89 $ 154 99 $ 184 kr 1103 $ 110   Non-standard start date for a solo traveler: $ 538 £ 270 $ 466 300 $ 557 kr 3343 $ 334

    extra options

    Electric bike: $ 115 £ 58 $ 100 64 $ 119 kr 713 $ 71 Carbon road bike: $ 81 £ 41 $ 70 45 $ 84 kr 501 $ 50 Discounts: 
    *No bike rental: $ 188 £ 95 $ 163 105 $ 195 kr 1170 $ 117 Tandem: $ 74 £ 37 $ 64 41 $ 76 kr 457 $ 46

    *For clients bringing their own bikes a  $ 108 £ 54 $ 93 60 $ 111 kr 669 $ 67 bike case transfer supplement will apply.

    please note

    Ask us for extra night pricing! We can offer hotel accommodations in Bilbao, San Sebastian, and at the beginning or end of your tour in tour hotels.

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    The closest airport for arrival is the Santander Airport and the most convenient for departure is the Bilbao Airport. However, it may be easier to book flights to and from Bilbao.

    Local Travel

    Transfers are included from/to airport or from/to railway stations, bus stations, or ferry ports in Bilbao or Santander. Cyclists staying extra nights in Bilbao are responsible for their own transfers between the hotel and the airport. The easiest way is by taxi. There is also a bus service with departures every 30 minutes to Bilbao Center. There is also an hourly bus service from Bilbao Airport to the Plaza de Pío XII in San Sebastián.
    Good to note :
    It is important to remember that at the end of the tour, the transfer time from Laguardia to Bilbao is 90 minutes so departure time from Laguardia would be three and a half hours before flight time. Generally return transfers are scheduled to depart from Laguardia at 9 a.m.


    Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to research average high/low temperatures and other important weather-related facts is


    You can rent an electric bike or tandem with this tour.


    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.

Where You’ll Stay

A mixture of country inns and 3 and 4-star hotels

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights with breakfast
  • Dinners on nights 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 with wine
  • Maps and route descriptions
  • GPS tracks on request
  • Trek hybrid bike or road bike rental with helmet, basic tool kit, lock and pump
  • Luggage transfer
  • Hotline
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Spend an extra night in Bilbao and visit the city and the Guggenheim Museum (Remember the museum is closed on Monday except during July and August when it is open every day). Or ask us for recommendations for extra nights in San Sebastián or La Rioja.

TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
From1150 Rates
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Tour Dates


Arrivals possible every Sunday from April 1 to October 31, 2020
Groups of 4 or more can choose any tour days at no extra cost.                                           

Non-standard tour start day is possible for a supplement. See pricing.

Skill Level

This route is rated easy to moderate as generally follows the Ebro River as it flows downstream. Some days involve some climbing when the route leads away from the river.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

La Rioja - Land of Wine Map

Day 1: Arrival in Santander or Bilbao. Overnight in Campoo
Day 2: Campoo - Polientes, 38 or 61 mi. (59 km or 97 km)
Day 3: Polientes - Pesquera de Ebro - Valle de Zamanzas, 27 mi. (43 km)
Day 4: Valle de Zamanzas - Medina de Pomar, 23 or 39 mi. (36 or 63 km)
Day 5: Medina de Pomar - Frías, 36 mi. (56 km)
Day 6: Frías - Haro, 39 mi. (62 km)
Day 7: Haro - Laguardia, 15 or 31 mi. (25 or 50 km)
Day 8: Laguardia

All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Santander or Bilbao
Arrival in Santander or Bilbao and transfer to the first hotel in Campoo, located in the high Ebro. You will enjoy a welcome drink with olives, a slideshow, an introduction to the tour, and bite fitting. Be sure to climb on your bikes for a short test ride before you begin your journey.

Day 2: Campoo - Polientes, 38 or 61 mi. (59 km or 97 km)
Your first stage leads through some fabulous and unspoiled 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, you will rejoin the Ebro in the Valley of Valderredible for your first overnight in Polientes. You can also opt for a shorter version that follows the river directly to Polientes. (The longer version circumnavigates the Ebro Reservoir).

Day 3: Polientes - Pesquera de Ebro -  Valle de Zamanzas, 27 mi. (43 km)
The day begins with cycling through the open valley of Valderredible. You will want to take the opportunity to visit the Romanesque church of San Martín de Elines and also the churches carved into the very rock,  characteristic of this region. As you progress down the river, the sides of the valley begin to close in until you reach a marvelous canyon of ever-increasing dimensions, where eagles and vultures soar overhead. The fairytale village of Orbaneja del Castillo with its cascades running through the village will beckon you for a reprieve. In Pesquera the Ebro, its Canyon soars above the river to unbelievable dimensions. Overnight in Valle de Zamanzas. 

Day 4: Valle de Zamanzas - Medina de Pomar, 23 or 39 mi. (36 or 63 km with extension to Puentedey)
The route is stunning today, following a huge bend of the river through the most picturesque and undiscovered villages that seem straight out of a romantic ballad, even the humblest contains a palace and Romanesque church.  An optional extension will lead to the dramatic village of Puentedey, built on a natural rock bridge over the  Nela River. Overnight this evening is the Castilian town of Medina de Pomar with its old Jewish quarter and its castle dominating the town and the surrounding landscape.

Day 5: Medina de Pomar - Frías, 36 mi. (58 km)
From Medina, you will head back to the Ebro, following a quiet country road that runs parallel to the river and the valley begins to open up again. The Romanesque church of San Pedro de Tejada is well worth a visit. Soon, you will be cycling once again through another canyon, which then opens out into the fertile valley around Frías. This is a spectacular village built around its castle with spectacular views of the Ebro Valley.

Day 6: Frías - Haro, 39 mi. (62 km)
Leaving Frías, the valley begins to close in again until you find yourself 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. Be sure to sample a glass or two of Rioja Wine in the very place of its origin.

Day 7: Haro - Laguardia, 15 or 31 mi. (25 or 50 km)
Today you 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. The day's destination is the walled medieval village of Laguardia where, as in Haro, wine is almost a way of life!

Day 8: Laguardia
Transfer from Laguardia to Bilbao at approximately 9 am.  It is important to remember that at the end of the tour, the transfer time from Laguardia to Bilbao is 90 minutes, so allowing for a 2-hour check-in time, departure time from Laguardia would be three and a half hours before flight time. Keep this in mind for departing flight times. Perhaps you would rather book an extra night after your tour in Bilbao.

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Tour Reviews

  • Cindy D. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Every bike should come with a FPS or Harmon with the route loaded in it. Pulling out a piece of paper at every turn is not an option

    • Jehiel from Tripsite 1 year ago     Staff

      Hi Cindy!
      Thanks for your feedback! I wanted to let you know that we do have GPS tracks available for this tour on request.

  • Mary C. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Astounding scenery. Experiencing the country off the beaten path. Seeing medieval villages and sights I never would have found on my own. We did feel that the difficulty of the ride was somewhat underrated, but we would still highly recommend it.

  • Debra L. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Great trip, cannot say enough about the lovely small towns we stayed in, with awesome inn keepers. This was exactly what we hoped to experience and we did. Trip although rural, had great scenery.

  • Kenneth L. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Of course the Rioja wines were what this trip was (mostly) about and they were so delicious for a low cost. It was great to stop for lunch and have delicious coffee and diverse tapas. The scenery was beautiful with great geological formations along the Ebro River. The history was fascinating. We saw cave dwellings from around 500 a.d., churches from 1100 and later. We had an extra day in Bilbao where we visited the Guggenheim Museum and the many festivities in the surrounding park. It was especially enjoyable to talk to local people about their life in Spain.

  • Maria luiza L. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    It was my second trip managed by Tripsite and everything was perfect. The route was amazing.

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