Tourism in Rioja Alavesa

Experiences in the area


Bodegas Ondalán. Plaza Mayor Oyón-Oion
Bodegas Ondalán. Torre iglesia de Oyón-Oion

Oyón-Oion

 

The town of Oyón-Oion is located in the Laguardia-Rioja Alavesa area, to the south of the historical territory of Alava. It is very close to Navarra and only 6km from Logroño, capital city of La Rioja.

 

The municipality is made up of three central populated areas: Barriobusto, Labraza and Oyón-Oion, which is where the highest number of services is located.

 

The city, which was an important step in the first stage of the Camino de Santiago, holds beautifully majestic houses with great historical interest, original medieval buildings and baroque palaces, such as the Marqués del Puerto and Conde de Bureta. Its parochial temple, the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Asuncion, has a Renaissance gothic-style façade from the 15th and 16th centuries and possesses what is considered the most beautiful and slender tower in Rioja Alavesa, known as “La Giralda”.

 

Oyón-Oion also has an Ethnographic Museum, which restores cultural elements from the past. The museum contains 297 pieces about agriculture, farming and livestock, professions, domestic life and religious ornaments that bring a better understanding of the city’s origins.

Labraza and Barriobusto

 

Labraza, a small town built in the Middle Age and located at the summit of a hill, attracts attention because of its walls. Its narrow streets travel towards the San Miguel church, a temple that made up the defensive enclosure.

 

Barriobusto has various emblazoned houses and a church from the 19th century, the most modern in Rioja Alavesa.

Nature paths and walks

Bodegas Ondalán. Puente de Mantible

Antiguo camino de Santiago (Old St. James’s Way)

 

The trail between Oyón-Oion and Assa follows the ancient route of the Camino de Santiago. From Pamplona to Santo Domingo de la Calzada, pilgrims would pass through Viana and Oyón-Oion and arrive at Assa by crossing the Ebro via the Mantible Roman Bridge, where two base arches have been preserved.

 

Wine and Fish Route from Oyón-Oion to Otxandio

 

The 166 km walk starts in Oyón-Oion and heads towards Laguardia while passing through vineyards. Crossing the Cantabrian mountain range, the route goes towards Lagrán and Albaina, passing through the Okina gorge and heading over the Alavesa Plain via Estíbaliz. It continues up to the Ullibarri Gamboa reservoir, after linking up with the old Basque-Navarran railway line.

Wine and Fish Route from Vitoria to Oyón-Oion

 

Leaving Estíbaliz, through Monasterioguren and Okina, the Wine Route goes through the Ayuda River gorge to Albaina, Laño and Lagrán. Then, it crosses the Cantabrian mountain range and passes the port where it splits Laguardia and Oyón-Oion. In the section from Laguardia to Oyón-Oion, you can appreciate the remains of the Mantible Roman Bridge.

El pinar de Dueñas (The Pine Forest of Dueñas)

 

The pine forest of Dueñas, found in Labraza, includes the only natural forest mass of Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis) as much in Alava as in the entire Basque Country. Situated at the heart of the surrounding farms, it represents an important refuge for some organic communities. Because of this, and despite its reduced area, it is an extraordinary, natural treasure and the perfect environment for a walk.

Festivities and Festivals

“El Katxi” from Oyón-Oion

 

“El Katxi” is a multi-coloured character of more than three thousand years old and the leading personality in the municipality’s main festivities.

 

During the patron saint festivals of San Vicente and San Anastasio on the 22nd of January, the Katxi rolls around in the portico of the church before mass while the city’s flag is waved over him. In the August festivals, the traditional descent of the Katxi is carried out.

Music in the vineyards

 

In July, music floods every corner of Rioja Alavesa at the ‘Música entre Viñedos (Music in the Vineyards)’ festival, with something for everyone: jazz, blues or rock concerts, Charleston dance lessons or swing parties.

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