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Location within Rioja Media (La Rioja).
Coordinates: 42°27′54″N 2°26′44″W / 42.465°N 2.44556°W / 42.465; -2.44556
Country Spain
Autonomous community La Rioja
Comarca Rioja Media
 - Mayor Tomás Santos (PSOE)
 - Total 79.57 km2 (30.7 sq mi)
Elevation 384 m (1,260 ft)
Population (2008)
 - Total 153,736
 Density 1,821/km2 (4,716.4/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CET (UTC+2)
336 km (209 mi) to Madrid; Fuero given in 1095

Logroño is a city in northern Spain, on the Ebro River. It is the capital of the autonomous community of La Rioja, formerly known as Logroño Province.

The population of Logroño in 2008 was 153,736 and a metropolitan population of nearly 197,000 inhabitants. The city is a centre of the trade in Rioja wine, for which the area is noted, and also produces wood, metal, and textile products.



Logroño is located in the northern region of La Rioja, on the river Ebro, 384 m (1,259.84 ft) above sea level. The Camino de Santiago passes through the city. The geographical coordinates of the city are: 42° 27´ N, 2° 29´ W.

The city is 152 km to Bilbao, 336 to Madrid and 468 to Barcelona.


Puente de Piedra.

Logroño was an old settlement, first of the Romans, under the name of Vareia, a commercial port, and then of the Celts. From the 10th century, possession of Logroño was disputed between the kings of Navarre and those of Castile; the region was finally annexed to Castile. Alfonso VI of Castile granted Logroño in 1095 a charter of rights that served as a model for other Spanish cities. In 1609 and 1610 Logroño was the main seat of the Basque witch trials, part of the Spanish Inquisition.

Famous people of Logroño include Manuel Bretón de los Herreros, Fausto Elhúyar, Práxedes Mateo Sagasta, Rafael Azcona, Ramón Castroviejo, Marqués de la Ensenada, Pedro J. Ramírez, Navarrete "El Mudo", Ramón Castroviejo.


Concatedral de Santa María de la Redonda.

Logroño is the shopping and financial capital of La Rioja. Its economy is heavily reliant on wine. It is twinned with Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. The new airport Logroño-Agoncillo connects the city with Madrid and Barcelona.

Places of interest

Façade of Parliament of La Rioja in Logroño.
  • Con-Catedral de Santa María de la Redonda
  • Iglesia de San Bartolomé
  • Iglesia de Santiago
  • Iglesia de Palacio
  • Museo de La Rioja
  • Parlamento de La Rioja, an old factory of the tabacalera, the national tobacco company.
  • Muralla del Revellín
  • Fuente (Fountain) de la Gran Vía in which royal figures with a connection to either Logroño or La Rioja are represented in bronze. Because the figures are placed looking towards the public and so large torrents of water pour down behind them, the fountain is commonly known as the one with "wet backs".
Santa María de Palacio Church.

Recreation (plazas and parks)

  • Paseo del Príncipe de Vergara (El Espolón): Located in the financial center of the capital and positioned in the center by the statue of General Espartero.
  • Town Square: Located on the Avenue of Peace, the modern Town Hall of Logroño, designed by architect Rafael Moneo, is in a large plaza where in years past it has seen numerous public acts, festivals, expositions, concerts, and in the last few years, during Christmas, a life size reconstruction of the nativity scene.
  • Carmen Park: Located near the bus station, this park is one of the most beautiful of the city with its variety of flora and fauna including several ducks and birds.
One of the Palaces of Espolón.
  • Plaza del Mercado: Located somewhere near Calle Portales, one of the most famous avenues of the city, at the foot of the Round Cathedral. This is where the nightly festivals of Logroño occur, near Calle Mayor (Marqués de San Nicolas Street).
  • Parque del Ebro: Located near the Ebro, an extensive park full of vegetation ideal for relaxing. Also has a bike path traversing through the park.
  • Parque de la Ribera: Next to Parque del Ebro, recently constructed. Here many gardens are found alongside the Plaza de Toros de la Ribera). Also: Riojaforum

Palacio de Congresos y Auditorio de La Rioja

  • Parque de San Miguel
Parque del Ebro.

Social life

Calle del Laurel, known as "the path of the elephants" and Calle San Juan are typical streets where various restaurants and tapas-bars offer the best pinchos and tapas in northern Spain. 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. Calle Marqués de San Nicolás (otherwise known as Calle Mayor) is the main area where people spend weekend nights.

Broadcasting Stations

Southwest of Logroño, at 42°26'34"N 2°30'43"W, there is a mediumwave broadcasting station with a transmission power of 20 kW. There may exist a longwave transmitter with 300 metres tall masts at Logrono with 300 metres tall masts transmitting RNE Todo Noticias on 207 kHz.


Triple jumper Carlota Castrejana is from the city. David Lopez Moreno,the Athletic Bilbao midfielder is from Logrono.

Festivals and traditions

The patron saint of Logroño is Santa María de la Esperanza.

The most important festivals are:

  • San Bernabé (Saint Barnabas), celebrated on June 11, commemorating the victory and resistance of Logroño against French invaders under Francis I that sieged the city in May and June of 1521. During this celebration, fried fish (trout) is typically served, along with bread and wine-said to be the food of Logroño during the French invasion.
  • San Mateo, celebrated between September 20 and September 26. Since 2006 the celebrations start the Saturday before September 21 (the day of Saint Matthew) and last for a week.

During the first week of January there is a cultural festival known as "ACTUAL" with music, theater and art.

International relations

Twin towns—Sister cities

Logroño is twinned with:

External links



  1. ^ Town Twinnings and international relations (from the official city website. Accessed 2008-08-11.)

Coordinates: 42°27′54″N 2°26′44″W / 42.465°N 2.44556°W / 42.465; -2.44556

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


Logroño is the capital of La Rioja province of Spain.


In the Old Town there are many churches you should visit. You shouldn't forget the Cathedral La Redonda, the Romanic Church of San Bartolome and the church of Santiago that is visited by pilgrims in their way to Santiago de Compostela.

If you want you to know more about the wine from La Rioja you can visit several bodegas. I recommend Juan Alcorta in Logroño, and you can visit for further information and other town`s bodegas.

  • Go wine-bar hopping. I'm serious!

That`s great. You must visit Laurel Street for a quick lunch or better dinner. You can go for one bar to another (they are beside one to another), and you can have a little "tapa" and a glass of Rioja wine. There are many people in the street drinking and eating, if the weather allows.Don`t miss it.

  • Kabanova restaurant. Not many things to choose but really lovely.
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