La Rioja

la rioja cityLa Rioja is Spain’s smallest province, but it attracts a lot to visitors. A relatively rural region of the country, it is most known for its excellent wines, and is home to over 500 wineries and vineyards. Tourists flock to La Rioja for its rustic atmosphere, gourmet food and rich culture. Outside of its capital Logrono, La Rioja is characterized by small villages and rugged mountain hiking trails, making it a haven for outdoor lovers.

Logrono is located along the historic Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago de Compostela, which allowed the city to rise to prominence during the Middle Ages. The Puente de Piedra (stone bridge) is perhaps the city’s most famous landmark from this time period. Dating from the 11th century, the bridge was used by pilgrims en route to Santiago.

The charming ancient town sparkles at night and comes alive with local restaurants, bars and casinos. The local cuisine is not to be missed and incorporates hearty stews, lamb, almond pastries, and excellent wine. In town, the Electra Rioja Gran Casino stays open all night and offers those 18 and over slot machines, Poker, Blackjack and American Roulette. A valid ID must be shown when entering, and the casino will not permit beachwear, sportswear or shorts.

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