An Overview of the Province of Rioja:
Rioja is the second-smallest autonomous community in Spain and it has the smallest population; with half of its municipalities boosting populations of under 200 and almost half of its citizens living in the capital city, Logroño.
Many adults could be familiar with the wines from the region of La Rioja. This area of Spain has an astonishing over 500 wineries and is internationally famous for the quality of its wines. As well as wine tasting, a visit to this region also offers a range of activities which take place in and around the extensive vineyards, including horse riding, hot-air ballooning. This region is also closely linked to the famous Way of Saint James pilgrim route and has a whole host of cultural attractions. Apart from its capital, Logroño, you'll be able to explore other places such as Santo Domingo de la Calzada and its cathedral, San Millán de la Cogolla, site of the Suso and Yuso monasteries, declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO, and known for being the birthplace of the first written words in the Spanish language.
Culture and wine together make an unbeatable combination. And add to that some amazing natural attractions... In La Rioja, you'll find Mediterranean forests, high mountain areas, lunar landscapes… And don't miss the Sierra de Cebollera Nature Reserve or the Arnedillo Biosphere Reserve.
The upper Rioja produces some of Spain’s finest red wines. Basque capital financed the specialization of vineyards in the late 19th century; 12 were established between 1867 and 1900. The vineyards of the lower Rioja are noted for their slightly sweet red table wine. The introduction of quality control has favoured large vintners over small ones, though small producers in the lower Rioja have survived by forming cooperatives. The proximity of the Basque market has led to the diversification of agricultural production; new crops include gherkins, carrots, leeks, potatoes, alfalfa (lucerne), and asparagus.
Airports and Transport connections:
There are 4 airports close to La Rioja, the International airport, Zaragoza 143.3 km / 89 miles, which is about 2hr and 20 minutes drive and regional. national airports; Agoncillo 26.4 km / 16.4 miles, Victoria Airport 63.4 km / 39.4 miles & Pamplona Airport 90.8 km / 56.4 miles. From Barcelona, it is approx 4 hrs and 30 minutes drive.
A train from Barcelona to Logroño, the capital city of Rioja, departures once a day (08:48) and takes just under 4 hours.
The region enjoys a mainly continental climate with hot summers and mild winters. Average temperatures range from 12º to 32º, and average rainfall ranges from 300mm to 600mm. The Rioja Alta, the upper part of the comarca than the Rioja Baja, the lower plains.There is a frequent wind that blows through the 14 valleys during a part of the winter months, which goes by the name of Cierzo, meaning, 'North Wind.'
Relocating or Investing in Rioja.
For the all important and smooth integration of yourself and your family into Spain, and you being able to start enjoying living a continental lifestyle as soon as possible! One must consider, the necessary steps to take before this happens, your enjoyment and ability to relax and explore your new home and your new life could be delayed or become very stressful being able to start enjoying living that Mediterranean lifestyle one must consider, the necessary steps to take before this happens, your enjoyment and ability to relax and explore your new home and your new life could be delayed or become very difficult for a number of obvious reasons; the possible language barrier, national/local customs and politics, Access to health care and so on.. Naturally, this will apply to anybody, relocating to a new, non-English speaking country.
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