We arrived in Brinas late in the day with a misty rain soaking into the red stones. It was a small town, tucked away, between craggy mountains and a rustic skyline. Only easily accessible by car, Rob did a great job driving on the right hand side of the road for the first time – quite the experience!
Hotel Palacio Tondón, a stunning old 16th century palace turned hotel situated on the the banks of Ebro River, was our destination. A treat to be sure. It was peaceful, welcoming with exceptional service and decor which effortlessly blended understated luxury with modern minimalism. A match made in decor heaven. Arriving in off peak season meant that we had the place mostly to ourselves. A place I’d happily recommend.
Brinas, situated in La Rioja, is wine country and you could see knotted tendrils of the trellised vines yet to be awoken from their winter slumber. However, early blossoms, tuffs of pink and white fairy floss amidst the earthy landscape teased at spring’s approach.
Of course, it would be amiss of us to visit without tasting the fruity goods this region of Spain had to offer and we enjoyed a day visiting the wineries clustered around the entrance of Haro (we particularly liked Bodegas Gomez Cruzado and Bodegas La Rioja Alta, S.A.), a nearby town, before slowly strolling back along the banks to our accommodation.
Definitely a place to put on the map if you’re considering a trip to Spain.
I’d love to know, have you be to Brinas or La Rioja, Spain?