Rioja Alta & Sierra Cebollera
Guided walking, history, nature - small international group - north-central Spain
The Rioja Alta is one of the three traditional divisions of the Rioja wine region, but the name also well describes the little-known mountainous south of the province, with the high peaks of the Cameros, Sierra Cebollera natural park and Sierra de la Demanda.
ONE WEEK Activities: 5 mountain walks of 3h-4h30 and one short walk, on (occasionally steep and/or stony) paths; denivellations of up to +400m/day; visits: monasteries, bodega, caves, chapel and the transhumance museum. Group 10 maximum.
FULL BOARD in rooms for two (private bathrooms) in the historical Venta de Piqueras, at an altiude of 1340 metres. A warm welcome and excellent local cuisine.
2018 Wednesday 6-Wednesday 13 June; Thursday 6-Thursday 13 September.
PRICE 945 euros per person; single room supplement 175 euros.
RENDEZVOUS Soria bus station at 17.50 direct bus from Madrid airport; choose a flight arriving before 14.00.
DISPERSAL Soria bus station choose a flight departing Madrid after 15.30.
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Location of this programme:
WED/THU: Short transfer from Soria to the Venta Piqueras, in the Sierra de Cebollera Natural Park in the Rioja Alta.
THU/WED: The monastery of Valvanera, symbol of La Rioja, hidden in a steep, wooded valley sheltered by the summit of Pancrudo (2065m). The starkly beautiful limestone scenery of the Escalineta de Brieva. Lunch at the isolated Venta Goyo.
FRIDAY: The adorable former Visigothic monastery of Suso at San Millán de la Cogolla, cradle of the Castilian language and UNESCO world heritage. The chapel of Tricio, one of the oldest religious buidings in Spain. Visit to a reputed bodega of Rioja wines and short walk of the Salto de Agua de Matute.
SATURDAY: The Iregua Roman road joined the important city of Numantia (Soria) to the Ebro river-port of Vareia (Logroño), via the Piqueras pass. The wonderful formations of the Ortigosa caves.
SUNDAY: Walk of the hamlets of Lumbreras, in the heart of the Natural Park. The museum of transhumance, until recently the most important activity of the area.
MONDAY: The valle de la Leza and the fantastic cliffs of Soto en Cameros, with a big vulture colony.
TUESDAY: The Puente Ra walk, in the steps of the transhumant shepherds and their flocks. The monumental village of Villoslada de Cameros. In September: the livestock market at Villoslada.
WED/THU: Transfer to Soria.
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