Calahorra is located in Rioja Oriental within the La Rioja region. It is the second largest city in the region after Logrono.
With more than 500 wineries, this region has become well-known for its Rioja wine and is located on the rich plains of the Ebro River, which are excellent for producing grapes.
Visitors find this mix of wine tasting events and a superb cultural experience to be unrivaled.
Calahorra is also a fantastic place to stay during Easter to witness the recreations of the Passion of Christ and reenactment of scenes from Roman times.
While under Roman rule, the town was known as “Calagurris,” and Calahorra still bears the traces of this era. In the Plaza del Raso, a former Roman forum can be seen, and a Roman arch can be found in the town’s historic district. Although of doubtful historical origin, it has been claimed that St Paul preached at Calahorra and ordained one of his disciples as the towns first Bishop.
The Municipal Museum houses roughly 11,000 ancient artefacts and is well worth a visit if archaeology fascinates you.
The Bishop’s Palace, the Convent of Carmelitas, the Church of San Andrés from the 16th century, and the Church of Santiago, a fine example of the area’s Neoclassical style architecture, are a few of the most important sites in the city.
Outside the city walls stands the Cathedral, which was once a baptistery. It underwent renovation in the 14th century, becoming the flamboyantly decorated gothic structure you see today. There are several tiny chapels inside, and the cloister has a magnificent cypress tree known as El Cipres, along with paintings, sculptures, valuable metal work, and a bible from the 12th century.
Calahorra is well-connected to other cities, especially by highway. It is situated in the Ebro valley, 39 km from Logroño, 120 km from Zaragoza and 180 km from Bilbao, and is connected to these cities by national highway 232, the A-68 motorway (Vasco-Aragonesa).
Bus: Daily bus services linking it to the cities of Pamplona, Soria and San Sebastián.
Nearest Airports: Logroño Agoncillo (39 km), Pamplona (57 km)
Train: A station on the Bilbao-Zaragoza rail line.
But if you want to take a break from a cultural tour and appreciate nature while you’re in Calahorra, there are some great paths across the Sierra de Cebollera Nature Reserve for hikers and horseback riders.
There are also options to go hot air ballooning to get an overhead glimpse of its lovely forests and mountains.
WHERE TO STAY IN CALAHORRA
A variety of hotels, guest houses and self-catering appartments are available in and around the city.