Things to do in Logrono
Logrono, the wine capital of the famous wine region of La Rioja, is located on the banks of the Rio Ebro and the pilgrimage route to Santiago. It is the commercial centre of the region with a lot of activity. Many residents in this city are involved in the wine trade. The grapes from the area are delivered here and checked by the Consejo Regular.
Although it is an old city, it does not have many essential structures. The modern Gran Via runs through the centre, which separates the new town (on the south side) from the old quarter that continues to the Ebro. In recent years, the city has expanded considerably and has been renewed.
Puente de Piedra
Capital Logroño is the place to go when you visit this area. Here you will find many memories from the past of the region and the old traditions have not yet been lost. The city has served as a hub for trade and pilgrimage routes since the Middle Ages. One of the attractions is the beautiful stone bridge Puente de Piedra over the Ebro.
This was the bridge over which pilgrims traditionally entered the city. In the old centre, there is also a pilgrim’s guesthouse and fountain and, still, many pilgrims. In addition to the many cathedrals and churches, you will find some baroque palaces here. In the gastronomic area, the capital of the wine region is recommended. The centre is dotted with tapas restaurants. This is the place for tasty tapas or pintxos in Basque, and of course wine.
Harvest Festival – San Mateo festivities
In the 3rd week of September, the Harvest Festival is celebrated, traditionally known as the San Mateo festivities. On September 21, the new wine harvest will be presented to the patroness in Logroño and celebrated exuberantly. The whole city is devoted to wine and grapes for a week. All kinds of activities around the wine (crushed wine with feet, wine tastings, etc.) take place in the city. It is accompanied by musical performances, float parades, fireworks and gastronomic delights.
Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Besides the capital, the cities of Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Arnedo are worth seeing. In Santo Domingo, de la Calzada you will find the cathedral of San Millán de la Cogolla, as well as the monasteries of San Millán Yuso and Suso. According to historiography, the very first words ever written in Spanish were in these monasteries. Suso and Yuso mean “higher” and “lower” in Old Castilian.
The monasteries have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997. Arnedo is a pre-Roman city founded by the Celts in the latter part of the Stone Age. The hilltop site that protected the town can still be visited. In the 8th century AD, Arnedo was the capital of one of the 26 Moorish provinces. Today it is a beautiful place to visit. Moreover, it is close to some nature reserves of La Rioja and the town of Enciso, the city where more than 1400 dinosaur tracks have been found.
The seven excavations can be visited free of charge. A park that should not be missed is the beautiful Sierra de Cebollera nature reserve. Here you will find impressive mountain landscapes, dense Mediterranean forest, unique animal species and mountain streams with waterfalls.
Plaza del Mercado
A cosy square with arcades, bars and terraces. Here stands the cathedral Santa Maria de la Redonda (15th / 18th century), which name still reminds of the original round construction with a baroque tower. Inside beautifully carved altars.
Nearby is the 12th century Iglesia de San Bartolomé church with its Mudejar style tower and Gothic-Romanesque portal, one of the most essential examples in the Rioja. The church may have been part of the city’s defences, of which only a small portion has been preserved.
Calle del Laurel
Calle Laurel is known for its Sidrerías and is considered one of the best tapas streets in Spain. The area has since expanded to the surrounding streets including those of Calle San Juan. The Calle del Laurel is known as the Sendero de Los Elefantes (elephant trail) which has been nicknamed the Spanish trumpet which means to gulp, flat for ‘a mouth full’. And there is a lot to take in here. Every bar in the streets has its specialities to die for! Order a delicious matching Rioja wine. They are of excellent quality and inexpensive!