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By - Sun, 17th Jun 2001

Logroņo, capital of the autonomous region of La Rioja, is a picturesque Spanish city. It grew up on the Ebro, which contains more water than any river in Spain and has influenced the life of the this city for centuries.
Logroņo has the Ebro to thank for its mild climate, fertile "huerta" (expanses of fruit and vegetable cultivation) and the development of the city itself. Since the Middle Ages the city grew outwards from its original network of narrow streets and lanes, spreading further and further along the river.

Paradoxical as it may seem, the Ebro has, during the course of history, been both a natural boundary and a path of communication between the people of Logroņo and their northerly neighbours in the Basque Provinces and Navarre, which are only a few kilometres away. Logroņo is situated on the "Camino de Santiago". Europe`s first cultural itinerary, which leads to Santiago de Compostela.

Pilgrims and visitors agree that it is a hospitable city. The numerous attractions of Logroņo - its streets and squares, monuments, cuisine, traditional fiestas and the people themselves - all make this a place one should not simply pass through. Often tranquil, but sometimes also very lively, Logroņo is well worth a stop.

Sights to See Church of San Bartolome Squared-stone church with triple-aisle nave. The portal dates from the 13th century and is the only medieval artworks still preserved in the city. Santa Maria de Palacio Squared-stone church with triple-aisle nave. Construction began in the 12th century and was later completed in stages.

It has an unusual tower with octagonal ground plan and Gothic style with Byzantine influence. Nicknamed "la aguia" (the needle) by the people of Logroņo because of its pointed form, this tower is one of the city landmarks. Santiaqo El Real Squared-stone church with a single-aisle nave. Construction began in the 16th century. Situated on the "Camino de Santiago" this building is where the City Council used to meet.

Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Redonda Squared-stone church with triple-aisle nave. Construction began in the 16th century and was completed by 1762. Two identical baroque towers. Experience the Logroņo of today Logroņo is not only a place where you can track down the past but also where you can enjoy the present. It is a pleasure to stroll through the city, meander through the streets, chat with the locals or stop off at one of the countries bars and restaurants in the city.

There you have the choice between numerous regional dishes, in which vegetables from the "huerta" and meat from the Rioja mountains are skillfully combined and served together with wines matured in the cellars. It is also a unique experience to take part in the traditional fiestas of San Bernabe on 11th June and San Mateo on 20th to 26th September, when the otherwise tranquil city is busting with activity on every corner.

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