Although Logroño has many attractions, there are a number of inescapable visits.

Here we list the 10 things you must do and see in Logroño to enjoy your stay in the city:

Concatedral de Santa María de La Redonda

Cathedral of “Santa Maria de La Redonda”

Built on an ancient Roman temple. Since 1453 is collegiate church and in 1959 was elevated to the category Procathedral of Logroño.

The current building is mainly from sixteenth century, but numerous reforms were executed in the eighteenth century so its appearance is fully baroque.

The most spectacular structure is its huge western facade, worked as a stone altarpiece with three bodies and seven sections with sculptures of Evangelists, angels, etc. The two side facades are also from the early eighteenth century.

The two lateral towers called “las gemelas” (twins) are good example of the monumentality of La Rioja´s Baroque bell towers. It has several overlapping bodies: the lower ones have square section, the upper one is octagonal and a spire full of pinnacles crowning it all.

Concatedral de Santa María de La Redonda

Imperial church of “Santa María de Palacio”

Undoubtedly, one of the most interesting religious buildings of Logroño, and probably the one with the most illustrious history. Its origins date back to the twelfth century, when the first Spanish headquarters of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem – a European medieval institution of religious-military character, was founded in its location. The foundation was promoted by King Alfonso VII, who donated his palace in the town of Logroño to that end.

The most characteristic element of the whole church and one of the symbols of Logroño is the pyramidal tower called “la Aguja” (the needle), dating from the early thirteenth century.

The church was declared a national monument in 1943.

Iglesia imperial de Santa María de Palacio
Iglesia de Santiago El Real

Church of “Santiago El Real”

The City Council used to meet in this church, where the most important documents were kept.

Its construction began in 1513 and has a three-section nave with transept. The facade -from the seventeenth century and envisioned as a triumphal arch, is decorated with two sculptures of the apostle James. In one of them he is depicted with a pilgrim habit and in the other as a cavalry warrior. The temple is located close to Plaza de Santiago, in which floor a unique game of the goose with motifs related to the “Camino de Santiago” is replicated.

Iglesia de Santiago El Real

Museum of La Rioja

The Museum of La Rioja is based in the so-called Palacio de Espartero.

It is an eighteenth century Baroque building where General Espartero retired when he left politics and it contains valuable collections of painting and sculpture, as well as ethnographic elements and some others from different archaeological sites.

We must highlight the noble facade – with regal facade door, crowned by an Episcopal coat of arms.

In 1962 it was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument and finally – in 1971, it was opened to the public as Museum of Logroño.

Museo de La Rioja
Monumento a espartero

Paseo del Espolón

The most emblematic square in Logroño. Besides having being the physical centre of the city for many years, it is currently the financial centre.

On the Feast of San Mateo, one of the most important celebrations of the city, it is the scene of the offering of the first must to the Virgin of Valvanera.

It features the Monument to General Espartero, walks and gardens with a varied flora and treated with great care. It also has different infrastructures to host art exhibitions, markets (books, flowers, etc.); or concerts thanks to a large building in the form of an auditorium, popularly known as “La Concha del Espolón”.

Monumento a espartero

Parliament of La Rioja

Located in the former convent of La Merced. Along with the wall, this convent was one of the entrances to the city.

Mainly built in the sixteenth century, the access observed to the outside was renovated in the seventeenth century. Subsequently, the building had other purposes, including a Hospital – in the nineteenth century, and a Tobacco Factory. Currently, the former convent is divided into three different areas: the Parliament of La Rioja, the Library and the Amos Salvador Exhibition Hall.

Edificio del parlamento
Puerta del revellín

Puerta del Revellín

Carlos V Gate is the only one left from the old ones that served as access to the city. Next this arch, which has a large imperial coat of arms at the top, remnants of the wall overlooking the city since the twelfth century can be seen.

Puerta del revellín

Bridges of Logroño

“Puente de Piedra”, is one of the symbols of the city, appearing in its coat of arms and being the entrance of the “Camino de Santiago” to the city. It is one of the four bridges crossing the river Ebro as it passes through Logroño. It is also known as Puente de San Juan de Ortega and its construction dates from 1884, after the collapse of the old bridge in 1871.

“Puente de Hierro”, is the oldest of the four bridges. It was opened in 1882 and it has a length of 330 meters. It is also known as “Puente de Sagasta”.

Puente de piedra
Calados

Visit to wineries and underground cellars.

Few miles from Logroño there are several wineries that can be visited, and you will be surprised by the architectural beauty of some of them.
Another must are the wine cellars and underground cellars from the sixteenth century, where wine used to be made and these are now restaurants, art exhibitions, etc.
To name a few of the most important ones, the “Calado de San Gregorio” – for its size and the old “Palacio de los Yanguas”, currently the Cultural Centre of La Rioja.

Laurel street

Also known as ‘La Laurel’, it is currently the area with the highest concentration of gastronomic specialties and tapas throughout the Region. Meeting place at the aperitif, lunch and dinner time, where you can see the outgoing and friendly nature of Riojans.

Tourists and locals share space in a perfect combination between cuisine made with local products and the finest wines of Rioja´s denomination of origin.

There are countless establishments, both in Laurel Street and its surroundings, where you can taste pinchos like “migas” (bread crumbs), “matrimonios” (mix of anchovies), “rotos” (broken eggs) or “champis” (mushroom), among many others.

Calle Laurel

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