Logroño

Logroño is a city in northern Spain. It's the capital of the autonomous community of La Rioja, well known for its wine. The Way of St. James runs through the city as it does the river Ebro.

Understand

The origin of Logroño is associated to the Roman Vareia, currently a neighbourhood of the city, and the Iron Age site on top of Monte Cantabria. Being an important crossroad on the Way of St. James and strategic point between the kingdoms of Aragon, Castile and Navarra helped to develop the city during the Middle Ages.

In 1095, the king Alfonso VI of León and Castile awarded the inhabitants of Logroño with the Code of Laws named Fuero. The king John II of Castile granted the status of 'city' in 1431 and the titles of 'very noble' and 'very loyal' in 1444.

The population resisted heroically, during 17 days, the siege of 30 000 troops sent by the king Francis I of France in 1521. To remember the victory, Charles I ordered to add three fleurs-de-lis to the emblem of the city. A tribunal of the Spanish Inquisition was set in Logroño in 1570, being of historical importance in 1610 during the Basque witch trials.

The 1833 territorial division of Spain established Logroño as the capital of the new Province of Logroño, renamed in 1980 to Province of La Rioja and constituted as autonomous community since 1982.

Logroño is nowadays a city of 153 066 inhabitants and considered to have one of the greatest quality of life in Spain.

The city is twinned with Brescia, Ciudad de La Rioja, Darmstadt, Dax, Dunfermline, Hagunia, Libourne and Rancagua.

Climate

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°C) 9.5 12.0 15.1 16.7 21.0 25.4 29.3 29.1 25.4 19.3 13.4 10.1
Nightly lows (°C) 2.0 3.0 4.4 6.1 9.5 12.6 15.3 15.5 12.7 8.9 5.0 3.2
Precipitation (mm) 27 23 26 44 48 47 31 23 24 31 36 37

See Logroño's 7 day forecast

Logroño has a humid continental climate due to its location in the Ebro valley and this is characterized by hot summers and cold winters, with the precipitations well distributed throughout the year.

Tourist information

A good start for a visit to Logroño is the centrally located   Tourist Office of La Rioja (Oficina de Turismo de La Rioja), C/Portales, 50,  +34 941-291-260, e-mail: . M–F 09:00–14:00 17:00–20:00 Sa 10:00–14:00 17:00–20:00 Su 10:00–14:00 17:00–19:00. In there you can get free maps and information of the city and the region. Don't forget to ask about current exhibitions and guided tours.

Get in

By plane

Logroño–Agoncillo Airport IATA: RJL is the airport serving Logroño and it's located near the village of Recajo, 14.5 km from the city centre. There isn't public transportation to get in or out so it's only accessible by car or taxi. As of January 2016, there is just a daily flight to and from Madrid operated by Iberia.

By train

The state-owned rail company Renfe (+34 902-320-320) operates train service to/from   Logroño railway station, Avda. Colón, 83,  +34 902-432-343. Long-distance trains operate between Logroño and Barcelona (3h 58m), Bilbao (2h 25m), Madrid (3h 15m), Salamanca (4h 45m), Santiago de Compostela (9h 33m), Valladolid (3h 4m) and Zaragoza (1h 50m).

By car

There are several roads passing through Logroño. The Autopista AP-68 connects Zaragoza with Bilbao while the Autovía A-12 connects Pamplona and Burgos. The N-120 road goes from Logroño to Vigo and the N-232 follows the river Ebro to the coast.

Blue and green parking spaces are paid Monday to Saturday between 9:00 and 14:00 and between 16:30 and 20:00. White parking spaces are free at all times.

There are car rental facilities available at the airport and the train station.

By bus

Logroño is well connected to many major cities in Spain from   Logroño bus station, Avda. de España, 1,  +34 941-235-983. Different bus operating companies provide their services:

Get around

By public transport

Logroño has a good public network of buses with eleven lines crossing the city. They start at 7:00 and finish around 23:00 with frequencies of 10 to 15 minutes. The ordinary ticket can be bought directly from the driver and it costs €0.72 allowing unlimited transfers for half an hour. There is as well a service of night buses on Fridays and Saturdays with three different routes. All the buses are equipped with free Wi-Fi.

By bicycle

Logroño is a flat city and has an extensive network of bike lanes so riding a bicycle is a good option to discover the city. The public rent-a-bike service is named Logrobici and visitors can use it for free after obtaining a pass in the tourist office.

On foot

Logroño is a small city and therefore very walkable.

By taxi

Taxis are quite expensive for the size of the city and a ride can get you easily up to €10. Official taxis are white and have a red stripe in the front door. Available taxis have a green light on top. There are some stands around the city where you can pick up a taxi but you can also call to the numbers +34 941-222-122 or +34 941-505-050.

See

Churches

Landmarks

Museums

Wineries

In the old city you can visit some of the vaulted underground cellars known as calados. For a bigger understanding of the winemaking you can get a tour in one of the currently active wineries that surround the city:

Do

Concerts and theatre

Festivals

Buy

Logroño it's a very commercial city and you can find shops almost in every street. Some of the busiest commercial zones are Gran Vía, Calle San Antón and Paseo de las Cien Tiendas. In the old city there are few souvenir shops where you can buy as well wine and traditional products.

Being La Rioja a wine region, an original souvenir would be to buy an authentic bota de vino made with leather and designed to carry wine:

Markets

Shopping malls

Eat

This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Below €10
Mid-range €10–20
Splurge €20+

You can't leave Logroño without visiting the famous   Calle Laurel. that together with Travesía del Laurel, Calle San Agustin and Calle Albornoz concentrate more than 50 bars serving tapas, known in the north of Spain as pintxos.

Each bar cooks its own speciality, although new openings are specialized in more than one dish, always accompanied by a glass of Rioja wine. You can hop freely from one bar to the next one along the one hundred meters of the street that has an unbeatable atmosphere of good vibes. The circuit is popularly known as Trail of the Elephants, because people would walk on four legs if they visited all the bars.

In the neighbouring   Calle San Juan. which is 300 meters far away, you can find another 30 bars that are usually less crowded and have different specialities.

Budget

Mid-range

During working days most of the restaurants offer a daily menu for lunch which includes three courses, bread, wine and water ranging from €10 to €15.

Splurge

Drink

Beer

In a wine region like this, drinking beer is not forbidden yet. Ordering beer it's easy with the widely known "una cerveza, por favor" that will get you usually a caña which is about 25 cl. of draught beer. For a smaller size you should order corto de cerveza and for the half a litre pint use pinta.

Most of the bars have on Thursdays "pinta a precio de caña" which means pints are discounted, paying for them what you would pay normally for a caña. In some of these bars you can find as well local hand-crafted beer: Ceriux, Mateo & Bernabé and Palax.

  Plaza del Parlamento. and   Plaza San Agustín. are two of the favourite spots for beer lovers with bars and terraces.

Coffee

Locals like to drink coffee or tea, but it's a simple excuse to get together around a table. The pedestrian street Bretón de los Herreros has some of the nicest cafeterias with outdoor terraces both in winter and summer, which get really crowded after-work.

In summer it's common to ask for café con hielos and you'll be getting a glass with ices where you can pour your coffee. If you want to try something different, ask for té americano which is an infusion of black tea boiled in milk with an slice of orange and cinnamon.

Wine

While ordering wine you have to consider that is classified into four categories. Joven, cosechero or vino del año is the youngest wine and has undergone very little, if any, wood ageing. Crianza is aged for two years, being at least one in an oak barrel. Reserva is aged for at least three years, of which at least one year is in oak. Gran Reserva has been aged at least two years in oak and three years in bottle.

You can distinguish as well four types of wine because of the colour: red tinto, white blanco and two kinds of rosé clarete and rosado with different processes of elaboration.

Sleep

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Below €50
Mid-range €50-100
Splurge €100+

Logroño has a good amount of modern hotels in the city centre but also in the outskirts. Although for a cheaper accommodation you might search for guest-houses known as hostal or pensión. The first hostel was opened in 2012 and there is as well a camping area. As a stop of the Way of St. James there are several pilgrim hostels known as albergue de peregrinos.

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Connect

There is a public service of free Wi-Fi that covers most of the old city, but you have to register through SMS once you try to connect to the network "Aytologrono". The hotspots are located in Parque del Ebro, Paseo del Príncipe de Vergara and Plaza del Mercado.

You can get free Wi-Fi without the need of registration in the building of the City Hall and in the cultural centre La Gota de Leche. Public buses are equipped as well with free Wi-Fi.

Stay safe

Logroño is quite a safe city but as usual while travelling it's better to keep an eye on your belongings.

Cope

Emergencies

If you suffer an accident or have an emergency, call 112 or go to the closest emergency centre:

Post office

Go next

Day trips from Logroño include:

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