Our weekend in La Rioja was unreal. It was completely perfect. Laura, May, Alex and I planned a trip away on a whim because we have been hearing how beautiful and impressive La Rioja is but we really couldn't have imagined it until we saw it. We stayed at a really cute AirBnb in Logrono on Calle Laurel and booked three wine tours before arriving.
Friday night started with tapas hopping on Calle Laurel. Some of the most popular tapas restaurants are Champi, Tios Agus, Zorropito and El Jubera. If you have never eaten spanish food before I would recommend trying pulpo, champinons, croquettes, tortilla de patata and whatever else you think looks appetizing! All of the tapas are sitting on the bar so you can browse and ask questions before eating.
Saturday, we had booked an morning tour at Marques del Riscal vineyards. Designed by renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, it's absolutely stunning and a bit shocking to see because the sleek, modern design contrasts with the charming village setting of Elciego. On our tour we made some new best friends from Boston and went on to have lunch with them in Laguardia. Laguardia is adorable and worth a day trip or even an entire weekend if you have time. Another vineyard I would suggest making a reservation with is Ysios.
Logrono is the largest town in the La Rioja region and it was a great springboard for our weekend. While I would suggest visiting Laguardia and Haro, you can also go to several amazing bodegas in Logrono, including Bodega Olarra and Franco Espanola This is such a beautiful part of Spain and it's really overlooked and underrated! I would love to go back one day.