Oooooh! … Where to start?
Lots of great stuff to do in Rioja, but depends on various issues such as how you are getting around and what you want to see & do (other than taste wine).
Word of warning - call ahead to make sure things are open!
Also, most everything will be shut on Monday, so plan to relax and maybe walk around Bilbao or one of the picturesque towns on your way back!
You could stay at the fantastic, Hotel Viura
but it is a bit out of the way, so you would need to drive there & back each time (or have a driver)
You could stay in Haro - both of these are good,
but there is also a nice apartment around the corner
The advantages are that you can walk to the “magic corner” with Muga, CVNE, Tondonia, Roda, La Rioja Alta and more. It has decent restaurants as well, but it is small, really.
Alternatively you could stay in Logroño. This used to be a lovely hotel, right in the centre
The best thing is that you are well connected to the region and you can also go out to Calle Laurel - one of the food wonders of the world in the evenings before, or instead of dinner.
You could also pop into my favourite restaurant (because of the old vintages on its list and decent food): El Rincon del Vino (site is down, so search)
For visits, make sure you book ahead as most places are not just “turn up and taste”.
Make time for two fantastic tourism desinations:
- the town of Laguardia (on a nice day so you get the views)
- the museum and winery of Vivanco in Briones (near Haro). The museum is FANTASTIC (I used to work for them and seen how amazed people can be by it - quite unexpected.)