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Logroño

If you travel to La Rioja you must visit the capital city: Logroño. Here you will find practical information that will help you plan your visit to the city.

How to get around

As a start: you can forget about using your car. We recommend you leave your car in one of the underground car parks in the centre and go everywhere on foot. Logroño is the perfect city for walking because everywhere is within walking distance and the old area is mainly pedestrian.

Gente paseando por la calle Portales, Logroño

Another wonderful way to get around is by bicycle. The Local Council has set up different points in the city where tourists can borrow bicycles free of charge. You only need to apply for a card in the Logroño Tourist Office.

To make life easier, you can download a map of Logroño city centre (PDF 470K).

What to see

There are many interesting places to see without having to leave the centre and which you can visit on foot:

  • Defensive wall and Ravelin (cubo del Revellín), the museum of the city of Logroño (16th Century)
  • The Parliament of La Rioja and the Library (the old Mercedario convent)
  • Palace of Espartero, the provincial museum of La Rioja
  • Co-cathedral of Santa María de La Redonda (16th – 18th Century, Baroque)
  • Church of Santiago (16th Century)
  • Church of Santa María de Palacio (13th – 16th Century, Gothic, Reinassence)
  • Church of San Bartolomé (13th Century, Romanesque, Gothic, Mudéjar)
  • Park of the river Ebro, the stone bridge and the iron bridge
  • Palace of the Chapiteles (the old Town Hall)
  • Paseo del Espolón and the Statue of Espartero
  • Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago)
  • Plaza de Abastos (Food market)
  • Laurel Street and San Juan Street (a “tapas” area)
  • Logroño Wineries

Pórtico de la Iglesia de San Bartolomé, Logroño

Riojatrek organises guided tours around Logroño that last about two hours and which allow the visitor to learn about and see all these and other places of interest in the city.

Where to eat

It’s likely you have already been told that you have to visit Laurel Street to have pinchos for lunch or dinner. Very near this street, although less known, is San Juan Street. In either street you will find a very pleasant atmosphere and exquisite delicacies, as well as first-class wine.

There are many good restaurants to choose from. This restaurant guide for Logroño offers you full information. Some of the places we recommend are:

Accommodation

Logroño offers a wide range of accommodation that satisfies all tastes:

Shows

During your stay in Logroño why don’t you enjoy the city’s cultural agenda: theatre, concerts, expositions, events…

Festivities

Logroño has two important festivals: the festival of San Bernabé (the patron saint of the city) and especially the festival of San Mateo (the grape harvest festival).

Saint Barnabas (San Bernabé)

Saint Barnabas (San Bernabé), celebrated on June 11th, has been the patron saint of Logroño since 1521 when, on this date, the city resisted the siege of the French enemy. Nowadays, the festival is celebrated together with the festival of the day of La Rioja (June, 9th). Throughout the whole week, a multitude of activities take place: fairs, circuses, street markets, historical representations of the siege, expositions, street exhibitions of all kinds, fireworks…

El arco de San Bernabé en la calle Portales, Logroño

Saint Matthew (San Mateo)

The festival of Saint Matthew (San Mateo), which lasts from Saturday to Saturday in the week which includes September 21st, is the most popular because this is when the Rioja grape harvest is celebrated. It is a week of non-stop festivities: wine-tasting, treading grapes, youth clubs (chamizos), supporters clubs (peñas), bulls, floats, markets, the international fireworks contest, the traditional hand-ball game championships…

Fiestas de San Mateo

Shopping

In 1997, Logroño was declared the Best Shopping City of Spain. In the centre, you will be able to find high-quality shops in the Gran Vía, Paseo de las Cien Tiendas and in the old town.

Tourist Office

Locate the tourist office on the map.