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Tourism in Briones, in La Rioja

Briones is one of the most attractive towns in the autonomous community of La Rioja. She has everything to deserve a getaway. Of course, it has wonderful gastronomy, always seasoned with wines from the most famous Denomination of Origin in Spain. And to this is added its rich artistic heritage, perfectly integrated into very welcoming landscapes.

What to see in Briones?

Let’s start by locating the population. Briones is north of the Rioja capital, Logroñoand to the south of Haro, which can be considered the capital of Rioja wine.

On the other hand, the vineyards and all the lands of Briones are watered by the curves and recurves that the Ebro river makes herewhich gradually adapts to the terrain left by the mountains that form the natural border between La Rioja and the Basque Country.

Ultimately, what one of the first things to see in Briones is its landscapes. It is a delight to walk among the vines and from time to time make a stop at the different wineries in the town. In them, of course, we can taste their famous wines.

Through the streets of Briones

Not only can we drink a glass of wine in the cellars, In the bars and restaurants of the urban area of ​​Briones there is also the opportunity to taste these wines. And much better if it is accompanied by the best of the local gastronomy, such as meat made on the coals of vine shoots or the exquisite Rioja-style roast lamb.

If we add to that the best of the orchards of this land, the menu is more than complete and we will have already taken all the strength to contemplate the rich heritage of Briones. Let’s take a walk through it:

1. The Church of the Assumption

The building that most attracts attention is the parish church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, located in the upper part of the nucleus. It is a 16th century temple raised with the beautiful stone of the area.

Is a so-called Elizabethan Gothic church, where it is striking that its three naves have the same height. Its architecture is very attractive, as well as the different liturgical objects that it treasures in the form of reliquaries, religious images or cornucopias.

2. The walls of Briones

Arriving in Briones, as in other surrounding towns such as Laguardia, the presence of the old walls is striking. Here they are kept in good condition.

On the other hand, although the castle that was has been lostyou can still see the remains of the old homage tower, as well as two historic doors that have to be crossed: the Media Luna door and the Villa door, which leads to Calle Mayor.

3. City Hall

A very powerful building is the palace of the Marquis of San Nicolás, which today is the town hall. Its cover is a true treatise on symmetry and the most classicist baroque artsince it was built in the 18th century following the orders of Ignacio de Elejalde, the architect and author of a long list of buildings throughout La Rioja and in the neighboring lands of Álava.

4. More buildings of interest

Wandering through Briones is most charming, and fans of photography and architecture will not stop taking photos of its most striking buildings. We are talking about the old abbey, the Quincones Palace, the Casa de los Arcos or the Gadea House.. They are all built in very well worked stone and with several centuries of history, such as the Casona de la Plaza, from the 16th century.

Although there are not only palaces and mansions to see. In Briones several hermitages await us, such as San Juan Bautista or Cristo de los Remedios, which can be reached via the Paseo de las Cercas, with incredible views of the surroundings.

5. The Briones museums

When you pass in front of the Town Hall, you will see that you can also visit its interior, or part of it, since it is also an ethnographic museum called ‘The haunted house’. It is an ideal place to see how people used to live in La Riojasince a fantastic collection of objects has been collected to show how they worked, how they had fun, how they dressed, ate, etc.

And the other museum to visit is the result of the Vivanco Dynasty Winery. One of the best wine museums in the world has been created there. It is the Wine Culture Museum, where a review of the history of this drink and everything it has meant for humanity since ancient times, such as the time of Ancient Pharaonic Egypt, is given.

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