Pura Vida Hotel

Valgañon, La Rioja

A small, sublime hideaway in the great wine region of La Rioja. Stay put, or spread your wings and discover the bodegas


8 beds


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


The village is small; your sleep will be deep. Wake to a fabulous shower, and a special breakfast spread: cheeses, charcuterie, jams, bizcocho, and the best bread you have ever tasted. All is perfect and that includes the welcome: Javier and Ascen can’t do enough for you.They have overseen an immaculate restoration. Sitting rooms are spacious, stairs are wide, furniture is Spanish-chic. Help yourself to an expertly stocked honesty bar, retire to a green serene garden. As for the bedrooms (which are reachable by lift), they range from big to huge, with beds large enough to lose yourself in, and views to garden, village and mountain.This is La Rioja, one of the largest wine regions of Spain; the well-known Bodegas Campo Viejo is a 50-minute drive. Or rent bikes, borrow a picnic rug, and head off into the mountains. Unmissable is the 6th-century monastery of San Millán de Suso (45km)- the Gregorian chanting is amazing.

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We think you'll love

  • The immaculate detailing
  • The warm, delightful owners
  • Relaxing on the patio and in the shade of the walled garden
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You should know

  • No evening meals
  • No bath tubs just showers
  • Some bathrooms are separated from the bedroom by a glass panel only


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 1pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
Restaurants 7-minutes drive. Breakfast included.


Nightly price
from €85
Extra bed €25. Cot available.
8 Doubles
From €85


Last February, my partner and I spent a few days in Pura Vida. It felt like being in your own home, not only because of the owners' warm welcome and readiness to help, but also because of the attention to detail, the taste for decoration, architecture. .. at breakfasts nothing was missing. In short, one of those places that nest in your memory and that you always want to return to. Such places still exist and they are called PURA VIDA. CONGRATULATIONS.

Mª josé, Málaga

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The neighbourhood

Valgañón is a sweet sleepy village: just two restaurants and a bar. Up the mountain (4km) is Ezcaray, with much more. The bodegas of Rioja are a 40-minute drive; at Centro Hípico Navarrete (55km) you can ride through the vineyards. The countryside is spectacular; hike or bike in the Valle del Oja. Go in spring for the wild poppies, in autumn for the grape harvest, in winter for skiing: the small resort of Valdezcaray is a half-hour drive.

Local points of interest from Javier .

  • Outside you can enjoy our barbecue and garden-terrace with exceptional mountain views, a haven of peace and the ideal place to switch off in the heart of nature.
  • If you want to discover the area, you can even take advantage of our bicycle rental service. Hotel Pura Vida Vida is also located in an ideal place for hiking or hunting.
  • Since it is located just 17 km from the Valdezcaray ski resort guests can practice winter sports like skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoe hiking or snowboarding.
  • You can also play golf at the Rioja Alta Golf Club in Cirueña, 25 km from Valgañón.
  • Don't forget one of the hallmarks of La Rioja, its wine and many wine-related activities around Rioja: wine tasting and winery tours, ballooning over vineyards, horseback riding through vineyards…You can find more information in our “‘Local Area’” section.


Javier .

Javier and Ascen, husband and wife, interior designers both, renovated the old building in 2014. They live in their own house next to the hotel and are there for you whenever you need them; their hospitality is matchless. Javier speaks good English and can book restaurants and help with day-trip plans