What to see and do in Logroño

Discover La Rioja

Logroño is a city located in North Spain. It is the capital of La Rioja, area known for its production and wine making. If you are visiting Spain and want to make a stop in Logroño, we will show you here some of the most popular things that you need to do in Logroño.

This city is located by the Ebro river, and  Logrono has historically been a place of passage and crossroads, such as the Camino de Santiago, and of borders, disputed between the ancient kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Ages.

 

Logroño is a very hospitable and open city due to its history as passing by city, and its inhabitants are known for being of a hospitable nature, and it is a city with approximately 150,000 inhabitants. A character that is evident in the numerous town twinnings and associations with other towns in the world, such as Libourne in France, Dumferline in Scotland,and  Todos los Santos de la Nueva Rioja in Argentina.

It is important to know that the smoothed continental climate that this city has provides a hot environment in summer and low temperatures in winter, for which it is convenient to be prepared for the cold if you are visiting this city in Autumn or Winter. It can get hot and dry in summertime as well. Another recommendation for the visitor is to stop at one of the many wineries that can be visited with pervious appointment and enjoy some wine tours around the city.

How to arrive to Logroño

Logroño is not really far from the Basque Country, neither from the capital of Spain, having a distance to Madrid of 334 km; to Bilbao 124 km; to Zaragoza 170 km; to Pamplona 90 km; to Burgos 111 km; to Barcelona 468 km and just 167 km from San Sebastián. For more information and places where to stay we recommend having a look or renting an apartment in San Sebastian if you are touring North Spain and this area of the country.  

There is an airport in Logroño very near to the city centre but is not currently offering flights or routes, since it is a military airport. The easiest way to go to Logroño is from the airport of Madrid, Bilbao or San Sebastian, and then take a bus or train to Logroño city centre.  Another option is to rent a car or go to visit the city by car.

 

Walking around and discovering the city

The dimensions of the city invite you to stroll and enjoy the city centre and the different attractions that the city has to offer. The Paseo de El Espolón, the Cathedral of Santa María de La Redonda; the convent of La Merced, current seat of the regional Parliament; the characteristic Calle Portales, the church of Santiago El Real, or that of Santa María de Palacio, are some examples of places that you can visit and you cannot miss.

 

  • Cathedral of Santa María de la Redonda

It is built on an old Romanesque church. According to some studies, the old church was shaped like a circle, hence the origin of its name, Santa María de la Redonda. Its façade draws attention to the two baroque towers that are popularly called "twin towers".

 

  • Paseo del Espolón - Monument to Espartero

Officially called Paseo del Príncipe de Vergara, it is home to the equestrian statue of General Baldomero Espartero. For many years it was the center of the city. It is one of the most emblematic squares.

 

  • Portales Street

It is one of the best-known shopping streets in the historic center. There are historique and ancient styled shops such as "La Mariposa de Oro".

 

 

  • Stone bridge

It is an important symbol in Logroño. In addition to appearing on the city's coat of arms, it played an essential role in consolidating the passage of the Camino de Santiago through the capital of La Rioja.

 

  • Florida Walk

With its more than 7,000 m2, this walk serves as a link between the Ebro park, the Ribera park and the Iregua park, thus becoming the lung of the city. If you have time, you can enjoy a pleasant walk along the Ebro river.

 

You cannot miss visiting its bars and restaurants, and specially Calle Laurel where you will find one of the best tapas and food in Logroño. This one of the most famous streets in the city.

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