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RIOJA BY BIKE: AT A GLANCE

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Bike hire You can arrange to hire a bike and have it delivered to your accommodat­ion by La Rioja Bike Tours ( www.lariojabik­etours. com), which also has local staff on hand should you have any technical issues throughout your trip. A hybrid bike will be perfect for this route and costs about €17 (£15) per day; if you need a boost, e-bikes are available for about €29 (£25) per day.

Bag transfer You have the option to add panniers to carry your luggage, but cycling luggage-free is a much more pleasant option. You can send your bags ahead by arranging a taxi transfer with your accommodat­ion each night, at a cost of roughly € 20-€ 30 (£ 17-£26) per day.

Fitness A reasonable level of fitness is good, as is familiarit­y with riding longer distances on a bike. Overall, the daily distances are manageable, and even with frequent stops, you should arrive each day with time to visit the local attraction­s.

Terrain Much of the journey will be on hard-packed gravel paths through endless vineyards, quiet country roads and the occasional lightly cobbled street.

Getting there From Bilbao airport, it’s a 90-minute bus journey to Logroño, or you can travel by train (two and a half hours).

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