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Holy Week in La Rioja, living tradition and roots

Holy Week is lived in Spain in a very special way, with emotion and flooding the streets which are filled with hooded pilgrims walking the streets of every town across the Spanish geography.

The festival lasts 8 days, the most important of which are Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Brotherhoods go out in procession carrying pasos (also known as tronos or andas) depicting religious motifs, adorned with flowers and accompanied by drums.

The silence that reigns in the streets during the procession leaves its mark on visitors who are experiencing this solemn festival for the first time. It’s undoubtedly a unique scenario that can only be experienced once a year, and an added attraction for lovers of our culture and traditions.

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That’s why we encourage you to visit La Rioja during these days. In addition to the region’s attractions, you’ll enjoy a unique experience. From the boutique hotel Santa María Briones, located in the center of Briones, declared one of Spain’s most beautiful villages, you can experience the processions up close, as well as take a route through Logroño, Ezcaray or Santo Domingo de la Calzada, where they are experienced with particular intensity.

More precisely, in Briones, on Good Friday, from 9 pm to midnight, the procession of the Holy Burial and Solitude is celebrated, the central act of this feast.

At Easter, as well as making the most of typical Rioja dishes such as lamb chops with vine shoots, cod à la Rioja, eggs and potatoes à la Rioja, among many other recipes, torrijas (French toast) take on special importance. Torrijas are a typical Easter dessert that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, for example with wine or dipped in chocolate.

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A journey that combines tradition, culture, gastronomy, a love of wine, incredibly beautiful natural landscapes and medieval streets.

Santa María Briones, our small hotel set in a 16th-century manor house with rooms overlooking the Ebro and the defensive wall or the center of the medieval village of Briones, is the ideal place to enjoy first-hand and just a few meters from the processions. From our strategically located boutique hotel, you can stroll the streets and visit the local vineyards.

At the end of the day, the inner courtyard offers a calm and relaxing space, an oasis of disconnection. To top off these unique and beautiful days in the region, we encourage you to sample the tasting menus at the Michelin-starred Allegar restaurant;

Allegar offers a gastronomic proposition that represents a reinterpretation of traditional La Rioja cuisine with signature touches, prepared with high-quality raw materials sourced from the region’s orchards and local producers. Our tasting menus accompanied by DOCa Rioja wines are the culmination of an immersive and comprehensive experience of La Rioja’s culinary culture.

Get ready for an unforgettable journey...

At Santa Maria Briones, passionate about the local culture, a land full of life, wine and passion, we promote wine tourism by providing our guests with the information and arrangements they need to organize their trip to La Rioja and visit the region’s vineyards;

We can tell you all about the Santa María Briones experience, but there’s nothing like experiencing it for yourself – we’re waiting for you!



For further information and bookings:

+ 34 941 991 599


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