Rich culture in La Rioja

Far from Spain's crowded beaches, La Rioja offers sedate holidays for tourists with a love of wine, food and tradition, writes Julian Fleming.

4th November, 2012
Yuso monastery: a World Heritage Site. Photo: Getty

You could say that La Rioja is the starting point for all things Spanish.

In this place, simple tradition exists in the deep shadows of natural beauty, and the locals and the land live in contented harmony. It is a region of singular value, treasured for its world-renowned wines and culinary excellence, and revered as the birthplace of the nation's global language.

La Rioja is located in northern Spain, about 90 minutes' drive south from...

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