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Guide to Haro

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Guide to Haro La Rioja Spain.

Guide to Haro – Introduction

As capital of the province of La Rioja Alta, Haro is more commonly referred to as the capital of the wine growing area of La Rioja, and is a great little town to base yourself in if you plan on visiting the bodegas and vineyards. The centre is small, charming and full of enough eateries and watering holes to keep you satisfied for a couple of days.

Haro shows it gratitude for it’s fertile limestone-clay soils by staging the riotous Haro Wine festival on June 29th, when the town goes into overdrive in adoration for the local drop. It all starts early in the morning with a brief parade and rather quickly descends into mayhem with the Batalla de Vino (wine battle), when strangers see fit to throw, pour, chuck and launch wine at each other. The day ends with a number of bullfights and consumption of said wine, leaving most soaked and a little worse for wear.

Most people head to La Rioja for only one thing, the wine,and so Haro is a fantastic choice  to base yourself in whilst exploring this fertile and unique area.

Things to See and Do in Haro

  1. Stroll around the small historic centre surrounding Plaza de la Paz, perusing the shops and bars all focused on one thing – wine.
  2. Make a beeline for the pretty basilica, in honour of Haro’s patron saint Nuestra Señora de la Vega.
  3. Try to be around on June 29th for the legendary Haro Wine Festival and wine battle.
  4. If you’re here in Summer and fancy cooling off, head to the Aquapark slightly out of town in the hills to bathe and splash around.
  5. Take a Bodega tour or two – learning the art of wine and why La Rioja provides such fertile ground for it’s elaboration. There are numerous Bodegas offering tours – if you have a favourite head there, but the Muga Bodega is handily positioned in Haro and runs excellent tours in English as well as Spanish. No need to book ahead.
  6. If you have a car, simply drive around the area, enjoying the beautiful views as vineyards fill the eye as far as you can see, and pop into various bodegas along the way. The whole area is fantastically well signposted.

Where to Stay in Haro

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