La Rioja - Weather in October

Aug 30th, 2005, 09:51 AM
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La Rioja - Weather in October

We will be staying in Rioja from 10/8 through 10/13 and are wondering if anyone has a comment on what type of weather we might expect. I have used the weather sites but they seem to differ with some of the "wine" sites.
Any comments from experience?
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Aug 30th, 2005, 10:59 PM
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We where in the Rioja Alta and Alavesa during November of '02 and back again last year to Logroño for the fiesta at the end of September. November can be cool in the evenings, but the days can also be quite beautiful and comfortable. The colors in the vineyards will be fading but should still be vibrant in mid-October.

If you haven't read it already, you should read the article in the 28 August New York Times Sunday Travel section on La Rioja.

And if you need any restaurant recommendations, let me know.
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Aug 31st, 2005, 12:38 PM
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Thanks for the information. We would welcome restaurant recommendations.
This trip starts with a 15 day tour from Lisbon, along the coast, and then to Madrid.
After the tour we'll be spending three nights in Haro at Los Agustinos hotel and then three nights in Laguardia at the Castillo El Collado. We're very interested in wine but also plan some day trips to Basque country.
Following La Rioja we'll be spending three nights at the Parador in Segovia.
Thanks again.
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From the sounds of it, you're planning on traveling along Spain's southern coast and then north to Madrid. The restaurant in Los Agustinos offers excellent regional cuisine, but there are a few other places close by for you to try, including: La Galería and El Portalón, n Logroño, Casa Toni Restaurante in San Vincente de La Sonsierra, Asador Alameda in Fuenmayor, La Vieja Bodega in Casalarreina, Asador Txitxo is in the village of Elciego, Palacio de Samaniego in the village of Samaniego and the gastronomic restaurant of the Dinastía Vivanco Wine Museum in Briones.

The family that owns the Castillo El Collado, which is an excellent place to spend a few nights, also owns one of the most noted restaurants in the Rioja, Restaurante Marixa. Itís menu has recently undergone some dramatic changes and they now offer a true gastronomic menu which was prepared by one of the more famous chefs of the Basque Country in collaboration with our friend from Seattle/San Sebastian-Donostia, Chef Joseba of the Harvest Vine. Laguardia, by the way, is in the Rioja Alavesa (the Basque Country).

There are a number of day trips you can take from Logroño and Laguardia, including Vitoria-Gasteiz, Bilbao and Getxo, Gernika, Lekeitio Zarautz, San Sebastian-Donostia and Tolosa.

There are a number of great restaurants throughout this region, so itís very difficult to make a mistake, and great wine is everywhere.

If you are traveling through Sevilla, then give Restaurante Egaña Oriza a try. In Tolosa try Casa Nichlois Asador. Zallo Berri in Gernika is one of the best in the region.
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Sep 1st, 2005, 04:02 AM
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I will be travelling to the Rioja region in late September. We are booked at the Hotel Villa de Abalos for two nights and I would like a hotel recommendation in Logrono. We will be in Logrono during the festival and thought it may be more convenient to stay there. Any hotel and restaurant recommendations are welcome.
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The most centrally located hotel in Logroño is the Hotel Tryp Bracos on Calle Bretón de Los Herreros, on the edge of the old city. The NH Logroño is further out, about 2.5 kms from the center of the old city. We stayed in the Tryp Bracos last year for the fiesta.

Check above for the recommended restaurants, but you can add El Ríncón del Vino to the list. It's located at Calle Marqués de San Nicolás, 136. You can call 941 354 375 from Villa de Abalos for a reservation. If you have any problems, Marian should be able to help you.
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Sep 4th, 2005, 05:14 AM
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topping... in case someone thinks you still need answers (some replies still being posted to your "other" original question).

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