Proposed HOGG & Dinosaur Society Fieldtrip to Northern Spain

Petroleum, Rioja and Dinosaurs, 20th – 27th September, 2016

Professor R.T. J. Moody

Photo by Noemy García García, Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Noemy García García, Wikimedia Commons

The trip will initially study the geology of the Basque-Cantabrian Basin with reference to the on-shore petroleum history, visiting museums dedicated to oil discoveries such as the Ayoluengo-1 well, once regarded as the first sign of a ‘Texas Boom in Spain’.

South of the Cantabrian Mountains we will tour the northern area of Rioja region, first legally recognised by The King of Navarra and Aragon in 1102AD. The Rioja region is blessed with good weather,  being drained by the Ebro and its tributaries and is characterised by rich soils.

From Burgos we will cross the Cantabrian Mountains and follow the geology of the Dinosaur Coast between Ribadesella and Villaviciosa with a visit to the Jurassic Museum at Colunga in the region of Asturias.


20/09/2016. Flight from London to Bilbao. Afternoon visit to Guggenheim Museum and the Basilica Begona. Overnight: Bilbao.

21/09/2016. Coastal Geology of the Flysch from Zumaia  back to Bilbao and the Bilbao Anticlinorium. Overnight: Bilbao.

22/09/2016.  Bilbao to Sargentes de la Lora via Museum at Alava. Sargentes is in the Province of Castille and Leon and offers visit  Onshore Petroleum Museum. Overnight: Burgos.

23/09/2016. Study of the geology and viniculture of the Burgos Region.  Overnight: Burgos.

24/09/2009. Study of Ebro drainage area and source of the river.  Burgos to Fontibre . Overnight: Torrelavega ( on E70).

25/09/16.  Torrelayega – Ribadesella. Visit to Tereñes beach in search of dinosaur footprints. Overnight in Ribadesella.

26/09/16. Visit to the Jurassic Museum at Colunga and coastal geology. Overnight: Llanes (on E70).

27/09/16. Return Bilbao-London. Early Evening

Local travel will be by minibus.

Estimated cost per person (sharing) £720.00.

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