La Rioja

This year I have been lucky enough to find myself living in Logroño, the capital of La Rioja, Spain’s top wine-producing region. I have called many cities in Spain home over the years, but nothing has tugged at my heart like living in La Rioja. I am unashamedly in love with this little city. Situated in beautiful northern Spain, about an hour and a half from the coast and France and about 4 hours north of Madrid, many people skip this little region altogether on whirlwind vacations in Spain, preferring to head to more well-known spots, like Madrid or Barcelona, or down south to the coast. However, if you love good food, even better wine, and off the beaten track traveling, La Rioja is a must-see. The lanscape is so varied for a little region with only 300,000 people, with snow-capped mountains, leafy vineyards traversed by pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela, unchanged medieval villages, and vast blue skies. Sometimes La Rioja feels like its own country. Nestled in between Castilla y León, Pais Vasco, Navarra, and Aragón, it is the perfect stopping place while visiting the north of Spain. How could you not want to visit here?
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