An undiscovered spot among the tourist, Logroño is the capital of La Rioja, a city that is located four hours north of Madrid. Being the largest region for wine production in Spain, the wine culture in Logrono is definitely one of the top reason to visit this traditional yet modern city. On top of their culinary reputation, the people in Logrono are extremely welcoming and friendly towards tourist despite being a destination that is not in demand for many. This beautiful city is definitely a great place to immerse in the Spanish culture and gain a better understanding of the city’s long history. Read on for things to do in Logroño, Spain.
Being the capital of La Rioja, Spain’s main wine-producing region in the north, Logrono is definitely a popular site for wine tasting not only among the tourist but for the locals as well. With a long history of winemaking in this small city, Logrono has hundreds of wineries for you to take a look at whereby you can also opt for a one-day wine tour where you will be exposed to the art of winemaking and immerse into the Rioja culture. A one-day tour will expose you to various different wineries ranging from family-owned to traditional winery. Of course, there are still many other wine tours available that you can choose from according to your needs – whatever rows your boat!
Duration: 2 hours
2. Go tapas bar hopping at Calle Del Laurel
What’s a trip to Spain without immersing yourself in their Spanish culture and enjoying tapas and wine by the street? Without a doubt, while Lognoro may be a tiny city, it is definitely not lacking in terms of bustling streets that are filled with local delicacies and spirit. Spend a night or two at Calle Laurel if you’re into bar hopping, or just looking for a food heaven. Alternatively, head to Calle San Juan, if you’re looking for a street that is less crowded and touristy.
Calle Del Laurel
Address: Calle Del Laurel, 26001 Logrono, Spain
Website: Calle Del Laurel
Opening hours: 1pm - 4pm, 7pm - 12am (daily)
3. Experience the local culture & history at Museo de la Rioja
Just a few steps away from Calle Del Laurel, Museo de la Rioja is definitely a must go for all history lovers. Contrary to majority belief that this is a wine museum, this intriguing and charming museum is actually the home to Rioja history where the traces of history are carefully elaborated. Through the beautiful artefacts that are accompanied by visual aids, the museum provides visitors with extensive information about Rioja history all the way from the stone age to the 19th century. What’s even better is that this museum provides free entry, so as long you bring along your passport!
Museo de la Rioja
Address: Plaza San Augustin, 26001 Logrono, Spain
Website: Museo de la Rioja
Opening hours: Sun: 10am - 2pm; Tue - Sat: 10am - 2pm, 4pm - 9pm (closed on Mon)
Price: Free entry (bring along your passport)
4. Drop by Concatedral de Santa María de la Redonda
A magnificent cathedral that was built in the 15th century and reformed until 18th century, Concatedral de Santa María de la Redonda is a magnificent church that clearly traces the history of the place through the building architecture and intricate workmanship. On top of the various altarpieces displayed, there are also a few painting for visitors to appreciate, including one of Michelangelo’s. While the entrance to the church is free, you may want to bring along a few 50-cent coins to light up the various artwork in the building. After all, you wouldn’t want to miss the chance to see this work in greater details.
Concatedral de Santa María de la Redonda
Address: Calle Portales, 14, 26001 Logroño, La Rioja, Spain
Website: Santa María de la Redonda
Opening hours: Sun: 9am - 2pm, 6:40pm - 8:45pm; Mon - Sat: 8am - 1pm, 6:30pm - 8:45pm
Price: Free entry
5. People watch at Paseo del Espolon
Looking for a place to people watch and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature after all the tapas and wine you had? Make sure to stop by Paseo del Espolon, the park that is located in the centre of the city. If you are visiting Logrono in mid-September, make sure you visit this park to participate in Festa de San Mateo, Rioja’s wine festival, where the process of traditional winemaking is exhibited. The statue of General Espartero is also located in the park, so don’t forget to head over to snap a photo.
Paseo del Espolon
Address: 09003 Burgos, Spain
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
6. Shop for local wines at Vinos El Peso
Since you are at a city that is known for their wineries, you definitely shouldn’t head back home without a bottle or two! While there are many stores where you can lay your hands on quality wine, Vinos El Peso is definitely not to be missed as you can find an assortment of La Rioja labels as well as vermút (vermouth) de la Rioja!
Vinos El Peso
Address: Calle el Peso, 1, 26001 Logroño, La Rioja, Spain
Website: Vinos El Peso
7. Cross Puente de Piedra over the River Ebro
Puente de Piedra (Stone Bridge) also known as the Bridge of Lions is one of the iconic symbols of Logroño that was built is 1884. Located on River Ebro, this bridge is one of the four bridges at the river that passes through the Rioja Capital. The bridge also leads to the entrance to the city along Camino de Santiago, which is a great route for a spiritual walk!
Puente de Piedra
Address: Zaragoza, Spain
8. Experience being a scientist at Casa de las Ciencias
Casa de las Ciencias is an open space that promotes science in an education and fun manner! The museum belongs to the Spanish National Research Council and has permanent exhibits that focus on universal topics of science such as large species that lives in the water and the history of the geological transformation of the Earth. You can also expect to come across iconic architecture and the real skeletons of various marine life! This museum is a great place to bring your kids or even a perfect spot to explore with your date!
Casa de las Ciencias
Address: Calle del Ebro, 1, 26009 Logroño, La Rioja, Spain
Website: Casa de las Ciencias
Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 9:30am - 1:30pm, 5pm - 7:30pm; Sat - Sun: 11am - 2pm, 5pm - 8:30pm (closed on Mon)
Price: 5 USD
9. Try different flavours at Odeón Mercado Craft Beer
Beer lovers, this is for you! While Lognoro is known for their wineries, I would say give their craft beer a try as well! Odeón Mercado Craft Beer is a laidback bar located at La Rioja that serves 20 different craft beer on tap. With a wide range of flavours and brew, Odeón Mercado has something for everyone. So, don’t worry if you are a picky drinker! Because the professional staffs there are surely able to find something that suits your taste!
Odeón Mercado Craft Beer
Address: Plaza del Mercado, 26001 Logroño, La Rioja, Spain
Website: Odeón Mercado Craft Beer
Opening hours: Sun, Wed - Thu: 6pm - 2am; Fri - Sat: 6pm - 4am (closed on Mon & Tue)
10. Explore the historical site of El Cubo de Revellin
El Cubo de Revellin is a historical landmark of Lognoro, Spain. Capturing every detail accurately of Lognoro, this historical site provides an eye-opening experience to those who are hoping to have a better understanding of this beautiful city! Presentation of history is also done in English, so fret not!
El Cubo de Revellin
Address: Calle Once de Junio, 6, 26001 Logroño, La Rioja, Spain
Website: El Cubo de Revellin
Opening hours: Wed: 10am - 1pm; Thu - Fri: 10am - 1pm, 5pm - 8pm; Sat: 11am - 2pm, 5pm - 8pm; Sun: 11am - 2pm (closed on Mon & Tue)
Price: Free entry
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So, do not forget to add Logrono to your to-do list where you can experience the traditional Spanish culture in this small yet magnificent city. A city that is not only packed with historical traces but also with tons of beautiful people.
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