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Logroño, Spain

Façade of Parliament of La Rioja in Logroño, Spain (cc)
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Logroño

Logroño's stock in trade is wine. It is a quiet sort of town, despite being the capital of La Rioja, situated on the banks of the Rio Ebro. It is important on two counts: that it is on the 1,000-year-old pilgrimage route, Camino de Santiago; and that it is the center of La Rioja's wine trade, lying more or less in the heart of the famous La Rioja wine region, noted for its aromatic fine red wines made from the indigenous Tempranillo and Graciano grapes. Rioja wines can be found at several of the shops in the city, and are served at virtually all the local restaurants and taperias (tapas restaurants).

Logroño also has a lovely old quarter, deliciously atmospheric and largely pedestrianized, with medieval streets and centuries-old buildings, unaltered for the most part, lending itself to walking around. Among the main attractions here are the 15th-century Catedral de Santa Maria de la Redonda that faces the Plaza de Mercado in the heart of the city, and has a panel crucifixion by Michelangelo; and a couple of 12th-century churches, Iglesia de San Bartolomé that is built from stone taken from the old ramparts of the medieval city, and Iglesia de Santa Maria de Palacio. The Museo de la Rioja, which houses a collection of artistic, ethological and archaeological relics, is worth visiting too, as is the Museo del Vino de La Rioja at nearby Haro, an interesting museum with exhibits on the history, evolution and creation of Spanish wines.

Logroño sits at an elevation of 1,259.84 feet (384 meters), and is located 94 miles (152 km) from Bilbao, 107 miles (172 km) from Zaragoza, 209 miles (336 km) from Madrid and 291 miles (468 km) from Barcelona. It has a population of roughly 154,000.

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Last updated January 11, 2012
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