Enjoy Rioja & Street Art, Logroño, Spain

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Perhaps not at the same time

For those a little unsure, Logroño is in northern Spain and is the capital of the province of La Rioja, yep the wine – Surely you don’t need any other reason to visit?

La Rioja vines, Logroño, Spain

This ancient city which sits on the banks of the River Ebro, has history dating back centuries.

In the early 1600s, Logroño became the main seat of the Spanish Inquisition’s Basque witch trials – sounds like something from Monty Python.

However, today as a tourist location it appears to have kept itself quietly under the radar.

As a city, Logroño feels fairly small, but has a very welcoming touch about it. Along with its selection of churches, it has some lovely parks and plazas to sit and watch the world go by.

Also, the pintxo, or tapas, here is fantastic – different styles & varieties from one bar to the next make exploring fun.

Calle de Laurel at night, Logroño, Spain

Another lasting memory is the amazing street art.

Camino de Santiago

If you are not already walking the Camino de Santiago route, you will probably notice quite a few folk in hiking boots, with walking sticks and the synonymous the shell hanging off of their backpacks.

Camino de Santiago hiking statue, Logroño, Spain

This is because Logroño forms part of the Camino de Santiago trail, this is a huge pilgrimage that passes from France across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia on the west coast.

Camino de Santiago - the way, Logroño, Spain

All along this northern part of Spain you will see signs guiding you along.

The Twins

The Co-Cathedral of Santa María de la Redonda, built in the 15th century, stands along Calle Portales.

With its two Baroque style towers, known as “las gemelas” (The Twins), peering down below on Plaza del Mercado. The cathedral contains Michelangelo’s ‘The Crucifixion’.

Entrance to Church-Cathedral of Santa María de la Redonda, Logroño, Spain
Across the plaza to Church-Cathedral of Santa María de la Redonda, Logroño, Spain
The Church-Cathedral of Santa María de la Redonda, Logroño, Spain

No.9

The Church of San Bartholomé is the oldest church in Logroño, and includes Romanesque style architecture along with Gothic from the 13th Century.

The Church of San Bartholomé, Logroño, Spain

This church is located at the ‘Landmark No. 9’, in the Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago).

Church of Santiago El Real

This church is one of the oldest in Logroño and sits within Plaza de Santiago.

The current church was rebuilt between 1513 and 1527, with the tower being constructed in 1573.

The original Romanesque style church was destroyed in a fire in 1500.

The tower and entrance of the Church of Santiago El Real, Logroño, Spain

Near the Church of Santiago El Rea, in Plaza de Santiago you will see unusual paintings on the pavement. This is for a game called ‘Game of the Goose’ similar to our own ‘Snakes and Ladders.’

The Game of the Goose, Logroño, Spain

Whilst waiting your turn to play you can take a rest on the giant dice.

The Church of Santiago El Real, Logroño, Spain

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Strolling

Logroño is a very easy city to wander around and discover, spend a day strolling around and you’ll come across lovely locations.

The Puente de Piedra, Logroño, Spain

Puente de Piedra, the stone bridge which spans the River Ebro was rebuilt in 1884, due to the previous bridge, Puente de San Juan de Ortega, being destroyed when the river broke its banks. It is 197 metres long and has 7 arches.

Logroño’s old tobacco factory is now home to Parlamento de La Rioja. The original chimney stands alongside.

The Parliament of Rioja, Logroño, Spain
The chimney of Logroño’s old tobacco factory, Logroño, Spain

The Museum of La Rioja is housed inside the beautiful Baroque palace of Espartero.

Museum of La Rioja, Logroño, Spain

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Mercado

The Logroño San Blas market, which was opened in December 1930 has a fantastic Art Deco façade and was entrusted to the architect Fermin Alamo to complete.

The exterior of the Mercado, Logroño, Spain
Inside the Mercado, Logroño, Spain

Plazas

There are some lovely plazas & parks in Logroño and within fairly short distance of the old town.

A statue of General Espartero, Logroño, Spain

One is Parque del Ebro which runs along the river bank and another is Espolón square, which is a bustling plaza. A great place to meet family and friends, with its pavilion and book stalls.

The bandstand, Logroño, Spain

Just around the corner were the gardens outside Sagasta High School.

The Garden outside Sagasta High School, Logroño, Spain

Here you’ll find these interesting little chaps – both have two different points of view.

Face 1, Logroño, Spain

(The first of the two faces)

Face 2, Logroño, Spain

(The second of the two faces)


Face 1 - Inverted, Logroño, Spain

(now look the other way up)

Face 2 - Inverted, Logroño, Spain

(Somebodies not happy…)

Street Art

One of my lasting memories of Logroño, (other than the wine), was the abundance of street art. Here are a few of our favourites.

Well travelled - Street Art, Logroño, Spain
Culture clash - Street art, Logroño, Spain
Angry Face - Street art, Logroño, Spain
Street Art - Faith and food, Logroño, Spain
Social Commentary - Street Art, Logroño, Spain
La tortilla - Street art, Logroño, Spain

Calle del Laurel

If you have decided to go to Logroño, then you may have already heard of Calle del Laurel and the few streets surrounding it.

It is infamous for its taperías, of which there are believed to be over 50 in this small area.

The competition means there’s a fine selection of tapas, or pintxo (We’re on the edge of the Basque region after all).

You’ll find bars offering differing selections, some with a seafood bias, some with a more contemporary feel. You can watch the bars ebb & flow with patrons as the night progresses, and people move between the different taperías.

The evening on Calle del Laurel,  Logroño, Spain
Sign of Calle del Laurel, Logroño, SpainAnd the music flowed like wine, Logroño, Spain

The quality of the tapas that we grazed upon was really good and a quite a reasonably priced. Washed down with a delightful glass of Rioja who could want more. Although Gary moved between Spanish beer, Rioja & vermouth – He is a trier 🙂

So much choice, Logroño, Spain
A beer and a wine, Logroño, Spain
Gary drinking a Vermouth, Logroño, Spain
Rioja - cases of it, Logroño, Spain

Tour to Logroño

On our journey to Logroño we enjoyed a wonderful scenic drive from Cuenca.

We toured through some fantastic Spanish country side of ever changing scenery, sunflowers, vineyards, fruit trees, mountains, plains & pine trees. Often with birds of prey circling overhead. Around Soria we drove through row after row of sunflowers, which must look stunning in summer the months.

All part of the fun of our Spanish Road Trip.

Molinas de Aragon, en-route to Logroño, Spain

We had a brief stop in the lovely town of Molinas de Aragon, with its stunning fortress (I’m sure we will be back to this region sometime in the future).

Point to note

What we did find strange was that there was free Wi-Fi available in the town, but only if your phone is registered in Spain. So not readily available to international tourists.

Accommodation

Our accommodation for the 2 nights we were in Logroño, was at the Calle Mayor Hotel. It is in a really central location in the town and easy to find. The secure hotel garage was only about 100 metres away and had good size parking spaces, you were also given your own key for the garage. Parking €10.80 per day

We are nearly concluding this wonderful road trip and we are off Santander in the Cantabria region of Spain, our 10th and final destination. Before sailing the seas back home to the United Kingdom.

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About the Author

Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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