Logroño boasts an interesting history and traditions, with impressive monuments closely connected to the passage of pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. All without forgetting the great atmosphere on its streets, the different wineries and the obligatory stops on Calle del Laurel to sample each of the pinchos on offer.
Do you want to find out what to see in Logroño? Read on!
10 essentials in Logroño
- La Rúa Vieja: this traditional street that sees many pilgrims pass by on their way to Santiago de Compostela, is home to the most important representations of the Jacobean architecture, such as the Pilgrims hostel or the famous Fuente de los Peregrinos fountain. Another important street in Logroño is Calle Portales. It crosses the old town and owes its name to the arcades that take up much of the southern side of the street.
- Church of Santiago: another example of just how important the Camino de Santiago is to the city. This monumental building, constructed in the sixteenth century, has a single nave and its façade depicts an impressive likeness of Santiago Matamoros. Inside, there is a likeness of the Virgen de la Esperanza, patron saint of Logroño.
- Co-Cathedral of Santa María de la Redonda: this church shares the title of cathedral with the cathedral of Calahorra. Located in the heart of the city, it was originally a smaller Romanesque temple that had to be expanded on account of the high influx of pilgrims. The style of the co-cathedral as it stands today is a blend of Gothic and Baroque.
- Santa Maria de Palacio: the oldest church in the capital of La Rioja, dominating the Logroño skyline with its Gothic spire. Inside, it is home to a magnificent cloister, a Flemish altarpiece and several Romanesque pieces.
- Church of San Bartolomé: dedicated to the patron saint of the city, this church dates back to the twelfth century. It boasts an exquisite sculpted doorway and a beautiful Mudejar tower. It is the only example of Romanesque art in the city.
- Make sure not to miss the many examples of civil architecture, such as the palace of the Marquis of Legarda, the palace of the Chapiteles or the Museum of La Rioja, housed in the palace of Espartero, a baroque construction dating to the eighteenth century.
- Paseo del Espolón: one of the emblematic avenues in the city, home to an auditorium that hosts concerts and shows. Close by is Plaza del Mercado, a meeting place for locals.
- Puente de Piedra: one of the four bridges that cross the River Ebro as it passes through Logroño, this stone bridge is a symbol of the city. Its current construction dates to 1884, following the collapse of the old bridge in 1871. It is also the main entry point to the city for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago.
- Calle del Laurel: in the historic centre, this street measuring just over 200 metres and its surroundings are home to many bars and restaurants where visitors and locals alike can enjoy chiquiteo and tapas. Not surprisingly, it is one of the best-known pincho routes in Spain. Leaving Logroño without enjoying its great atmosphere, good wine and the delicious specialities of each establishment is unforgivable.
- Visit the historic centre: taking a stroll down Calle Herrerías, Calle del Marqués de San Nicolás or Calle Ruavieja is one of the best things you can do in Logroño. Allow yourself to be enamoured by its cobbled streets and discover wineries and other hidden treasures.
Looking for the best views of Logroño? Then cross to the other side of the River Ebro for an impressive view of the centre, with the towers of the four churches visible from here.
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