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Gastronomic trips to the home of…

Salade Niçoise, spaghetti bolognese, deep-dish pizza and Emmental cheese. Stop salivating and start planning your foodie get-away


The smallest mainland territory within Spain, La Rioja is almost wholly eclipsed in the wider world’s eyes by its wine (whose official region actually spills a bit into neighbouring Navarre and the Basque Country). Star architects have pulled out the stops amid the vines: witness Frank Gehry’s hotel at the Marqués de Riscal winery and Santiago Calatrava’s Bodegas Ysios. For a step beyond the tasting room, sign up for one of Rioja Trek’s wine tours, where you can try some typical winemaking tasks and bottle your own wine (from £25; The regional capital, Logroño, is best explored on a bar crawl in search of pintxos (Basque-style tapas) – Torrecilla, on buzzing Calle del Laurel, is a stand-out.

ARRIVE Bilbao and Zaragoza are both around 90 minutes’ drive from La Rioja region, and served by BA, easyJet, Ryanair and Vueling from the UK (from £89;

STAY The whimsical modern design of Hotel Viura contrasts with its hillside village setting (from £116;

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