The beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest

This route covers part of Rioja Media and virtually all La Rioja Alta and La Rioja Alavesa along its 194 Km

Designed for fit and well-prepared cyclists who wish to enjoy its paths and roads.

At sunrise we will leave Cenicero and go through Huércanos and then Nájera, birthplace of Kings and municipality within the Camino de Santiago. 

We will leave the village the same way through Cordovín, famous for its characteristic wine named "clarete", elsewhere known as Rosé, Badarán, Estollo, and arriving at San Millán where the Yuso and Suso Monasteries, home of the Spanish language, were appointed UNESCO world heritage site in 1997. 

Sighting their gardens we leave the village to reach Berceo, Villar de Torre, Manzanares de Rioja and Cirueña, back to touch another part of the Camino de Santiago, go through Santo Domingo de la Calzada, a refuge for pilgrims famous for its cathedral where legend says a chicken sang after being roasted. From here we head to Ochánduri and Cuzcurrita Rio Tiron, where you can visit the Castillo de Velasco and the Church of San Miguel. 

Sajazarra will impress you with its palace, the castle and the perfectly preserved medieval streets. 

From here we depart to Haro, the Rioja wine capital, famous for its ancient cellars, neighbourhoods such as La Rioja Alta SA (where the rest stop is) , CVNE or Lopez de Heredia and for being one of the first Spanish municipalities to have public streetlights. 

From here we cross the Ebro river by a medieval bridge and head towards Briñas, Labastida to San Vicente de la Sonsierra, where on steep cobbled streets we will reach its walled fortress. Here, every year on Easter Sunday, people come from halfway around the world to see the Picaos of San Vicente, and the famous festival of national interest. On the banks of the Ebro we will reach Laguardia and from here the route is identical to the Medium route to reach Cenicero.

Route info
DISTANCE
194KM
ElevaTION
3,349M
Km of White Road
56.00KM
Km of asphalt road
138.00KM
Number of refreshments
7
Departure time
from 6.00 to 7.00
SKILL
Skill Skill Skill Skill Skill