Located in the northern part of Spain
, lies the region of La Rioja, which is one of the seventeen autonomous regions that make up the country. The region is the second smallest of the autonomous regions that make up Spain. Until recently, La Rioja has been known as the Province of Logroño, named after the surrounding fortified site. It was only upon the death of the dictator Francisco Franco in 1975 that La Rioja has been named as such and recognized as an autonomous region rather than a mere province.
The region is situated in between the Ebro depression and the Iberian mountain range. This is perhaps why the region of La Rioja offers some of the most picturesque landscapes in this part of the country. The Ebro River that flows through is a favourite venue where travellers could enjoy a variety of water sport activities such as kayaking and fishing.
If you are planning to visit La Rioja, make sure that you take time to visit the Church of San Bartolome located in the city of Logroño. Built in the 15th century, the cathedral is a kaleidoscope of some of the finest examples of the different kinds of architecture styles. The sanctuary of the Cathedral, for example, is Romanesque in its design. The façade of the Cathedral, on the other hand, is Gothic.
For nature lovers, make sure that you visit the Parque Natural de la Sierra de Cebollera. Situated just right outside the province of Soria, the park allows travellers to experience nature at its finest. The park is a protected natural reserve and home to some of the most breathtaking sceneries you can find in this part of the world.