Route of the castles in La Rioja

  • Partial view of Sajazarra Castle

La Rioja Alta is a land of good wines and a long history, since the ancient pilgrimage route know as the Way of Saint James passes through it. Visiting the castles on this route you will discover its heroic past of wars and battles between nobles.

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Route of the castles in La Rioja


  • Cellorigo. Although nothing remains of its medieval castle, which was the scene of a great battle, from Montes Obarenes there is a stunning view of the La Rioja lowlands.
  • Sajazarra. A 9 kilometre journey. Its Castle-Palace is perfectly conserved, allowing you to see clearly the area enclosed by the outer walls, with towers in the corners and a keep.
  • Anguciana. Just a 5 kilometre journey away, its stately stone-built keep is outstanding.
  • Cihuri. Scarcely a 2-kilometre journey. It is worth stopping to see its Roman bridge over the Tirón River.
  • Casalarreina. 2 kilometres further on. The medieval village, with its houses and palaces and Nuestra Señora de la Piedad Monastery, is not to be missed.
  • Tirgo. A journey of less than 4 kilometres. As well as seeing the Los Velasco Castle, a walled enclosure with towers in the corners and a keep in the middle, you should visit San Miguel Church.
  • Leiva. A journey of less than 8 kilometres. Here you will find a Gothic-style Castle-Palace with towers in the corners.
  • Santo Domingo de la Calzada. An 11 kilometre journey. Did you know that this town, located in the Way of Saint James, boasted the largest walled enclosure in the La Rioja region? You must not miss seeing the Cathedral and the sections of its wall that have been conserved.
  • Baños de Rioja. A journey of just over 10 kilometres. Before finishing the route, you should visit this village to see its perfectly conserved medieval keep.

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Route of the castles in La Rioja

Practical information

How to complete the route:
By car

Approximate time:
You can you do it in a single day.

Best time of year:
All year round

Tips and interesting facts:
As you will pass through villages surrounded by vineyards and wineries, a good option is to discover how the prestigious Rioja wine is made.