Luxury hotel holiday Marques de Riscal La Rioja

Hotel Marques de Riscal is a contemporary masterpiece surrounded by rolling vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Elciego in the far south of the Spanish Basque Country. Designed by Frank Gehry who was also responsible for Bilbao's titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum, this is an impressive property which contrasts with the town's traditional buildings.  With a wine bar, a Michelin-starred restaurant and a Vinotherapy spa - all with spectacular views over the region's oldest winery where visitors can enjoy a tour with wine tasting - Hotel Marques de Riscal promises a unique food and wine holiday not far from La Rioja. Located under ninety minutes' drive south of Bilbao, this is a convenient destination for a short stay or as part of a touring holiday through northern Spain.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Bilbao
  • Hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Marques de Riscal, La Rioja

Hotel Marqués de Riscal is an ultra-contemporary 5-star boutique hotel in the Rioja wine region. Perfect for gourmands and oenophiles, it offers Michelin star dining, Vinotherapie spa facilities and luxurious accommodation, making it an unmissable spot on the northern Spanish wine trail.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location The hotel is 5-minutes' walk to Bodegas Valdelana winery

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Bilbao

Distance from airport The hotel is about 90-minutes' drive from Bilbao Airport

Hotel facilities and services

Café, Restaurant, Library Lounge, Wine Bar, Spa, Bicycles. 

Complimentary

Bicycles.

Out and about nearby

Tours and wine tasting sessions at the Marques de Riscal winery, just a few minutes' walk from the hotel. Other wineries within a few miles include Bodegas Baigorri, a contemporary winery where visitors can learn about modern techniques, Bodegas Ysios, another design masterpiece with innovative architecture. Also nearby are the medieval town of Laguardia, the historic city of Logroño over the border in La Rioja and Vitoria-Gasteiz, capital of the Basque Country.

Sports nearby

Walking, Cycling.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Grand deluxe room for 3 nights

From about

£1,090 low season

£1,320 high season

Holiday Code EXH1427

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Marques de Riscal, La Rioja

A wine lovers' retreat, Hotel Marqués de Riscal is a luxurious, contemporary masterpiece surrounded by rolling vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Elciego in the Rioja wine region. Built in 2006 by renowned architect Frank Gehry, the distinctive structure is a space-age vision amid the picturesque landscape, complete with a curved and twisting metal roof. Bright and contemporary bedrooms are split between the main building and the spa wing, with the former enjoying glimpses of the metal waves through angled windows. A Luxury Collection hotel combining art and design, food and wine, the Hotel Marqués de Riscal experience is a sensory one. Be sure to sample the region's most fabulous labels at the Wine Bar, while the two restaurants provide unique settings for ambient meals. The self-titled Marques de Riscal Restaurant has a Michelin star to its name, and the exciting cuisine of Chef Francis Paniego is accompanied by a choice of up to 200 fine vintage wines. The dining room combines heady, wall-to-wall reds with pristine white table cloths, but you can opt to dine on the terrace amid spectacular vistas over the vineyards to the mountains behind. Bistro 1860 Restaurant is a more casual setting for local Spanish cuisine with a modern twist, where the Chef's Table offers a unique opportunity to observe the kitchen staff at work. If possible, even better views can be sought on the terraces and at the rooftop library lounge, where beverages are served as you browse reading material on La Rioja's wine-producing history. Continue your wine-themed experience at Hotel Marqués de Riscal's Spa Vinothérapie, where the essence of grape is used in health and beauty treatments, including barrel baths for hydro-massage sessions enriched with vine extracts. A lovely addition to the service is access to bicycles, which you can take on gentle rambles through the delightful countryside. It is well worth taking a tour of the Marqués de Riscal's prestigious winery, where visitors can learn about traditional wine-making methods and end with a wine tasting session.

Room descriptions

Hotel Marques de Riscal has 43 rooms and suites with king size bed, high speed WiFi, flatscreen satellite TV with pay-per-view movies and music and CD player.

Deluxe Spa Wing
Premium Spa Wing
Deluxe Gehry Wing
Premium Gehry Wing
Executive Suite
Gehry Suite

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Grand deluxe room for 3 nights

From about

£1,090 low season

£1,320 high season

Holiday Code EXH1427

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Marques de Riscal, La Rioja

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to the Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Bilbao. Flights may be available from other UK airports with Easyjet and Jet2 for example. If you are combining this hotel with stays elsewhere, you may want to consider flying into one airport and out of another. We can arrange this for you. The hotel is about 1 hour 30 minutes’ drive from the airport and we recommend that we book for you either a private car transfer or a hire-car, depending on the itinerary.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Grand deluxe room for 3 nights

From about

£1,090 low season

£1,320 high season

Holiday Code EXH1427

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Marques de Riscal, La Rioja

About Spanish Basque country

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to the Basque Country in northern Spain include the very best four and five star hotels across the region, including seaside retreats, city properties and vineyard hotels in La Rioja. Lying at the point between the Pyrenees and the Bay of Biscay is the Basque Country, a name which refers both to an autonomous community within Spain and to a larger cultural area which comprises parts of Spain and France. Known in Spanish as the Pais Vasco, you will find a unique culture here with fascinating traditions and a regional language which is widely spoken throughout. The region's key attraction is the closeness of both sea and country - the spectacular coastline boasts sweeping sandy beaches and rugged cliffs, stunning sunsets over the ocean and surf breaking on rocks; but only a short drive inland are rolling green hills and flower filled fields. Lying around 10 miles away from the north coast is the vibrant and energetic riverside city of Bilbao, whilst further east is San Sebastian, an elegant seaside resort set on a beautiful bay only a few miles away from the French border. Stretching away from the Basque coast and forming the border with France are the Pyrenees, where rocky mountains with waterfalls and lakes stretch into Navarre, a region which is dotted with unspoiled villages and mediaeval towns which line the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Further west are the undulating hills of La Rioja, a region whose name is synonymous with the fine wines that it produces. Although parts of the region are heavily industrialised, there are many areas of unspoiled countryside as well as over 150 miles of coastline, making it a superb destination for a luxury holiday. The natural environment has long played a huge role in the lives of the region's inhabitants, with charming fishing villages along the coast which celebrate marine festivals as well as mountain farmers inland whose traditions remain unchanged. Throughout the region, visitors are sure to experience the unique culture of the Basque country through its language, cuisine and traditions.

Cultural highlights of Spanish Basque country

Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum, a Frank Gehry-designed landmark which transformed the city. The charming old town of San Sebastian, located between the beach and the river. Vitoria-Gasteiz, the capital of the Basque Country which is home to a mediaeval old town and two cathedrals. Guernica, a small town which was bombed during WWII and inspired a famous painting by Picasso. Fishing villages between Bilbao and San Sebastian including Bakio, Bermeo, Zumaia and Lekeitio, some of which are home to wonderful beaches and are also popular surf spots. Hondarribia, a historic town situated on the border with France. Pelota, a traditional ball game which is played throughout the region on a two-walled court. Numerous bars across the region which serve ‘pinchos’ (a Basque version of tapas), including those in Logroño. Wine-producing towns across La Rioja where visitors can enjoy cellar tours and wine tastings, which can also be enjoyed at the luxury vineyard hotels which we feature. Yuso and Suso Monasteries, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in La Rioja. The fortress city of Pamplona, renowned for the annual bull running festival.

Gastronomy of Spanish Basque country

The Basque Country is renowned for its varied and innovative cuisine, with numerous Michelin-starred restaurants found across the region. San Sebastian alone is home to eight Michelin-starred restaurants, two of which have been included within the top ten of Restaurant magazine's list of the world's 50 best restaurants. Wine is of course an incredibly important product, primarily in La Rioja which is known for its high-quality reds as well as a number of good white and rosé wines. A regional variation of tapas called ‘pinchos' can be found throughout the Basque Country and Navarre, frequently eaten as a snack in bars. Regional cooking varies according to location, with plenty of fresh fish and shellfish to be found along the coastline and a greater use of meat and game further inland. Local dishes include ‘Bacalao' (salt cod), ‘Marmitako' (fresh tuna stew), ‘Cordero al Chilindron' (spicy lamb stew) and ‘Txangurro relleno' (stuffed spider crabs).

Festivals in Spanish Basque country

19 to 20 January: San Sebastian Drum Festival, 29 June: Haro Wine Festival, 6 to 14 July: Los Sanfermines Bull Running Festival (Pamplona), July: San Sebastian Jazz Festival, 4 to 9 August: Festival of the Virgin Mary (Vitoria-Gasteiz), August: Bilbao's Big Week, September: San Sebastian International Film Festival, September: San Mateo Wine Festival (Logroño).

Climate in Spanish Basque country

The Basque Country's climate is generally quite mild and wet, although there is some variation between coastal and inland areas. The Basque coast experiences relatively high levels of rainfall, cold winters and warm summers where temperatures regularly reach 25 degrees, whilst some areas further south enjoy a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and little rain.

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