Logroño,the capital of La Rioja, is a busy university city with a population of around 150,000. It is also at the centre of the regions wine industry.
As well as it’s wine industry, Logroño also makes a living from the production of metal and textiles.
The Iglesia de Santiago el Real is located on the camino route at the end of Calle Rúa Vieja. Above the entrance Santiago Matamoros (Santiago, the Moor slayer) depicted riding into battle. The building is on the site of a 9th century church built to honour the battle of Clavijo where Santiago Matamoros helped defeat the Moors. Inside, the image of the Virgen de la Esperanza, Logroño’s patron saint, is displayed. Along the same street you’ll find the famous pilgrim’s fountain along with many carvings related to the camino.
The Catedral de Santa María de la Redonda is built on the site of an old circular Romanesque church in the Plaza del Mercado. It’s two Baroque towers rise high above the market square and are currently home to a couple of large storks nests. Inside the cathedral are the carvings of Gregorio Fernández and a representation of the way of the cross by the Renaissance maestro Michelangelo. The cathedral is open from 08:15am – 13:15pm and 18:30- 19:00. You’ll also find a few cafes scattered around the square.
The Iglesia de Santa María de Palacio, found next to the hostel, is the oldest church in Logroño. It’s Gothic pyramid tower, Aguja as it is locally known, dominates the capital’s skyline and has become the emblem of the city. Inside the church is a magnificent cloisters and several Romanesque pieces to admire.
The 12th century Iglesia San Bartolomé with it’s distinctive Mudejar tower is nearby. Devoted to the patron saint of the city, it preserves an exquisite Romanesque sculptured front, the only example of Romanesque art in the city.
Logroño also has fine examples of civil architecture, such as the Palacio de la Marquis of Legarda, Los Chapiteles or the Museo de La Rioja, which can be found in the 18th century Baroque Palacio de Espartero.
The Paséo del Espolón is one of the emblematic centres of the city with it’s statue of General Espartero at the center.
On the first Saturday before the 21st of September every year the Fiesta de San Mateo, wine festival takes place in the Paséo del Espolón is worth watching.
The Plaza del Mercado is a popular meeting place for the city’s inhabitants.
Getting There & Back
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Albergue Juvenil, Calle Caballero de la Rosa 38. Tel: (0034) 941 29 11 45
Beds: 92. Open all year round.
Hostal La Cortijana **,Beatos Mena y Navarrete 16. Tel: (0034) 941 23 03 44 / 638 55 13 91
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Pensión Cinco Villas, Calle Labradores 21. Tel: (0034) 655 97 85 75
Pensión El Ensueño *, Avenida. de Burgos 100. Tel: (0034) 605 89 36 20 / 655 860 829
Pensión Elvira IV *, Calle María Teresa Gil de Gárate 20-22. Tel: (0034) 941 24 01 50
Pensión Florida *, Calle Trinidad 6. Tel: (0034) 941 22 12 35
Hostal Residencia Meson Pepa **, Avda. de Aragón 9. Tel: (0034) 941 234 011
Hostal Residencia Rioja Condestable **, Calle Doctores Castroviejo 5. Tel: (0034) 941 24 72 88
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Hotel Isasa **, Calle Doctores Castroviejo 13. Tel: (0034) 941 25 65 99
Camping La Playa, Avda. de la Playa 6-8. Tel: (0034) 941 25 22 53
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Where to Eat
Calle Portales is the main street in the old town, where people like to walk and sit in the terraces to have a meal or good wine.
Asparagus, beans, peppers, artichokes and other vegetables and pulses are the basic ingredients of a long list of traditional dishes such as vegetable stew, potatoes ‘la riojana’, lamb and kid cutlets with vine shoots or stuffed peppers.
The traditional desserts are pears in wine, almond pastries from Arnedo or the marzipan from Soto.
Tourist Information/ Oficina de Turismo
Tourist Office, Paseo del Espolón, Principe de Vergara 1. Tel: (0034) 941 29 12 60 / 902 27 72 00
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Municipal Tourist Office, Calle Portales 50. Tel: (0034) 941 27 33 53
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Opening: Mon–Sat 10:00–14.00 & 16:30–19:30; Sun 10:00–14.00
Jul – Sep and National Festivals from 9:00 to 14:00 & 17:00 to 20:00
Post Office / Oficina de Correos
Main Post Office, Avenida General Vives 1. Tel: (0034) 987 410 928
Opening: Mon – Fri 08:30 – 20:30
Saturday: 09:30 – 13:00
Medical & Emergency Services
Emergency Number for all services: 112
Bus Station: Avenida de España 1. Tel: (0034) 941 235 983
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