Visit La Rioja and the Basque Country, where tradition and modernity walk hand in hand, creating the perfect combination for those passionate about gastronomy and culture.
Relish this route of contrasts with CaramelTrail, which will offer you a unmatched experience
If you enjoy the simple pleasures of life such as good cup of wine, an spectacular meal in a fine restaurant or a relaxing stroll in a beautiful city, you cannot leave behind the opportunity of visiting La rioja and the Basque Country. This route is carefully planned for sensitive travellers, with good taste and a discerning palate! In La Rioja the are some of the finest wineries in the world and the Basque country is worldwide known for it’s gastronomy, in fact, it’s the region of Spain with more three Michelin – starred restaurants.
Carameltrail suggests a unique route to discover the essence of Basque Country and La Rioja. We can customize this trip according to your interests and time availability. We grant you an unforgettable experience!
There is so much to see in this small region of Spain! Logroño is worth visiting as it is La Rioja’s capital city. Its old quarter with its famous Senda de los Elefantes is a great sample its great variety of pintxos and wines. There also some small medieval villages that deserve special attencion: Ezcaray and Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Travellers will have the opportunity to visit Santo Domingo, where they will marvel at the inner beauty of San Millán de la Cogolla and its monasteries of Suso and Yuso, UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the afternoon we will leisurely stroll the streets of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, and we will be delighted by the Milagro del Gallo y la Gallina.
Bodegas, vines and wines
Immerse yourself in the universe of wines by visiting some of the wineries of La Rioja like Bodegas Ysios or Bodegas Darien. There architecture, wine and gastronomy come together perfectly well. How about a stroll thought Laguardia’s vineyards. After an exciting day you can get some rest in an spectacular place: the Marqués de Riscal hotel. The building designed by Frank Ghery is the most breathtaking winery in the world.
After a visit to La Rioja the time has come to discover the economic, cultural and tourist capital of the Bay of Biscay: Bilbao. In the past Bilbao was a grey industrial city but nowadays it has become the capital of modern architecture thanks to the Isosaki Towers, Guggenheim Museum or the new Alhondiga. Get lost in its old quarter where the cathedral is and taste their traditional pintxos in Calle Pozas. A visit to the Guggenheim Museum is a must see. The interior of the building is as amazing as the facade and the art collection includes paintings by Mark Rothko or Andy Warhol and sculptures by Richard Sierra or Eduardo Chillida.
An interesting route when you leave Bilbao heading to San Senastian is to stroll along the coast, where you can stop in Getxo, Lekeitio, Mundaka, Zarautz or Guetaria.
The capital of fine eating
San Sebastián is one of the most beautiful towns in Spain and Europe and deserves special attention. Once it was the holiday resort of kings and aristocracy and when you spend the day San Sebastián, strolling along its marvelous La Concha beach, or visiting the Palacio de Miramar you will understand why! A stop for lunch in some of the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants is mandatory.
Coast of Guipuzcoa
Around San Sebastian there are other places of interest. Let’s visit Txingudi Bay, you can walk along the walled city of Fuenterrabía, wander around its old quarter and visit its medieval Calle Mayor. You will also have the chance to stroll along La Marina quarter, with its characteristic balconies. You can climb Mount Jaizkibel, which conveniently overlooks the Bay.
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