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Culture and history

Culture and history


Rioja Monasteries

Rioja boasts a collection of artistic treasures in its numerous monasteries. Some ancient sites are only ruins leaving behind documents attesting to their influence in spreading Christianity throughout the Middle Ages. Many other monasteries have survived and maintain their role as religious communities. These are now centres for cultural, religious and artistic tourism.

Not to be missed are the monasteries of Suso and Yuso at San Millán de la Cogolla. The Suso Monastery is the birthplace of the Castilian language.


The Dinosaur Trail

Dinosaurs inhabited the Rioja region over 120 million years ago and their fossilised footprints can still be found in rocks around the Ebro valley.

Your journey to prehistoric times should start at the Enciso Paleontological Centre with a guided visit. Here you will find detailed information on at least 40 dinosaur track sites spread across the Riojan mountains.


St James's Route and the Camino de Santiago 

"The Way of St James," is a leading European Cultural Route and a Heritage of Humanity site. It is one of the routes that is most used by travellers for learning about the history, art and culture of the Rioja region.

Since the discovery of an Apostle's grave at Santiago de Compostela in the 9th Century, the "Way of St James" has served as a communication route for new ideas, cultures and life styles between the different regions and communities it divides.

In Logroño the "French Route", from the Pyrenees through Navarre and Aragon, converges with the "Jacobean Route" of the Ebro Valley, which begins at the Mediterranean and follows the Roman road between Tarragona and Astorga. It passes through the once-Roman towns of Alfaro, Calahorra and Varea in Rioja.

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