The capital of La Rioja is Logroño which has 148,000 inhabitants and
covers 79 km2. It is a very pretty city
with lots of green areas and lots of
historical buildings due to the meeting
of different cultures and the Camino
de Santiago which crosses the city.
Logroño is also well known for
its attractive gastronomy.
It is located at the mouth of the river
Iregua, in the Iregua valley to the
east of the river Ebro. The entrance
to the city is quite impresive with
its grand ancient stone bridge and view
over the old part of the city.
Logroño is affected by
the Camino de Santiago which
crosses the city crossing the stone
bridge at the entrance and then going
up the Rúa Vieja, it passes the
hostel for pilgrims and the Santiago
fountain, Barriocepo street, until it
arrives at the Murallas de Revellín
(city walls) and leaves the city through
the Puerta del Camino continuing
on to the Grajera reservior.
Logroño is famous for its shops
especially its shoe shops, clothes shops
and food shops. It has very good restaurants
and tapas bars and is well known for
its lively nightlife at weekends.
Things to see in
Churches in Logroño:
- Santa María de la Redonda Cathedral (Plaza del Mercado
and calle Portales): It was rebuilt
in the 16th century in a Gothic style
upon the remains of a 12th century
Roman church. Its 2 Baroque towers
(known locally as the twin towers)
were built by Martín de Beratúa.
- Santa María de Palacio
Church: It was built in the 12th
century and renovated in the 16th
century. Things to look out for are
the cloister, the museum and its curious
gothic tower in the shape of a pyramid
which is called 'la aguja de palacio'
(the palace needle).
- San Bartolomé Church:
This is a Norman church built in the
13th century. Its Norman facade and
Mudéjar tower are especially
- Santiago el Real Church:
Built in the 16th century in the style
of the Reyes Católicos upon
the ruins of an ancient medieval church.
It has a 17th century Baroque facade.
Museums in Logroño:
- The Rioja Museum (c/
San Agustín, Tel.: 941 291
259): This is also called has the Palacio de Espartero. it is
an 18th century Baroque building where
general Espartero lived once he had
withdrawn from service. It houses
paintings, sculptures, archeological
finds from the region and ethnographic
- Cultura del Vino de la Dinastía
Vivanco Museum: This museum, dedicated
to wine culture, houses paintings
related to wine and goes from the
Egyptian period up until the present
day. The museum was awarded the title The Best of Wine Tourism in Australia
- Casa de las Ciencias (c/
del Ebro, 1, Tel: 941 245 943): Located
in a former abattoir built in 1910.
Prehistoric Remains in Logroño:
The Varea neighbourhood:
There are some archeological remains
from the Roman town - Vareia romana
- which dates back to the 5th
century or earlier. You can see a house
with various sections where Roman generals
once lived such as Tito
Livio, Plinio, Estrabón and Ptolomeo.
Historic Monuments in Logroño:
- Muralla de Ravellín:
This ancient wall dates back to medieval
- Parlamento de la Rioja: This
is located in the old Tobacco factory.
- Fuente de los Riojanos Ilustres:
This fountain was built by the architects
Dalmati and Narvaiza in 1999.
- Puente de Piedra: Also known
as Puente de San Juan de Ortega after
the person who built this primitive
bridge which was destroyed when the
river broke its banks. It was rebuilt
in 1884. It has 7 arches and is 197
- Puente de Hierro: This bridge
was opened in 1882. It is 330 metres
Squares in Logroño:
- Plaza del Mercado: This is
at the centre of the shopping district
and is where you can find the best
shops. It is also at the centre of
the city's nightlife. The Cathedral
is located here too.
- Plaza del Ayuntamiento:This
is the square directly in front of
the townhall. Throughout the year
various fairs and fiestas are held
here like the Christmas fair to celebrate
the city's patron saint la Virgen
de la Esperanza.
- Paseo Príncipe de Vergara
or del Espolón: This street
is where many of the city's fiestas
are held. There is a sculpture of
Espartero and la Concha del Espolón
Parks and Gardens in Logroño:
- Parque del Carmen
- Parque del Ebro
- Parque de San Miguel
- Parque de la Ribera