Fiestas de la vendimia riojana.  - Rioja Wine Harvest Festival
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Fiestas de la vendimia riojana
 - Rioja Wine Harvest Festival
15th to 22nd September

Fiestas de la vendimia riojana - Rioja Wine Harvest Festival

Logroño (La Rioja)


Logroño goes all out to celebrate its Rioja Wine Harvest Festival during these joyful days, known traditionally as the San Mateo Fiestas.
From 15 to 22 September the town fills with colour, activity and fun in a celebration where wine and the grape play a starring role. Among the numerous activities, special attention should be drawn to the traditional foot-crushing of grapes and the offering of the first must to the Virgen de Valvanera. Bullfights with young bulls, parades of floats, music, public meals and ball games complete this extraordinary festive programme
Museo de La Rioja - La Rioja Museum
Plaza de San Agustín, s/n 26001 Logroño (La Rioja)
Tel. +34 941291259
The museum is situated in Espartero Palace, an 18th-century Baroque construction.
It exhibits paintings and sculptures from the 12th-19th centuries, as well as objects in ivory and silver. There is a section dedicated to ethnography, and another to contemporary art. Its most highly prized pieces include the San Millán panels from the 14th century
Parque Natural de la Sierra de Cebollera
Purest nature
This is one of the best preserved regions as far as fauna, and especially, its excellent forest areas are concerned
The park is surrounded by the central mountains of the Northern Iberian Mountain Range, in the region of Cameros, on the border of the province of Soria. In this protected space, there are some of the best examples of forests in the Iberian Mountain Range. The most outstanding natural forests are of wild pine, beech and Pyrenean oak groves, and other more exceptional species such as birches, groves of white oak, mountain holm oak groves and hooked pine. Lime trees, maple trees, service trees, whitebeams, mountain elms, yew trees, quaking aspen and ash trees also appear. Among the mammals, it is worth mentioning species such as the fox, wild boar, deer, squirrel and mountain cat in the forests, and otter and Pyrenean muskat in the rivers. There are numerous species of forest birds of prey, such as the goshawk, the sparrowhawk, the honey buzzard, the booted eagle, the common buzzard and the short-toed eagle. Nocturnal birds can also be observed such as the long-eared owl and the tawny owl. The sierra is considered to be an area of international importance for the passage of migratory birds.
The visit to the Nature Park can begin at the town of Villoslada de Cameros, where you will find its Visitor Centre
Tel. +34 941468216
 Region: La Rioja
Tourist Office: Paseo del Espolón, Principe de Vergara, 1 - 26071 Logroño (La Rioja)
Tel. +34 941291260
Logroño is a city rich in history and traditions which have been preserved since the Middle Ages. The Pilgrim's Route to Santiago de Compostela made this one of the most important towns on the route, leaving an interesting monumental legacy closely linked to the traditional passing of the pilgrims
The history of Logroño cannot be separated from the Pilgrim's Route to Santiago de Compostela. Such much so that the city did not gain importance until the rise in popularity of the route, beginning in the 11th century.
The Codex Calixtinus (12th century), the first guide to the Pilgrim's Route to Santiago de Compostela, makes mention of Logroño in its pages. And it is a fact that the passing of merchants, artists and pilgrims through the cobbled streets of the capital of La Rioja for centuries has made the city a crossroads of considerable cultural importance.

The river Ebro passes through the city and spanning it are two bridges which are used to connect Logroño with Navarre and Álava. The oldest of them is the Puente de Piedra (stone bridge), which takes the Pilgrim's Route to Santiago de Compostela into the city. Originally (in the 11th century), it was fortified by four arches and three towers. Another bridge, this time made of iron and built in the 19th century, also crosses this tidal river.

Still standing from the old walls which surrounded the city are the Revellín wall and the Carlos I gate. During the festivals to honour Logroño's patron saint, this site is the scene of ceremonies which commemorate the French seige of the city.

Around the Rúa Vieja, traditional thoroughfare of the pilgrims bound for Compostela, the most significant examples of St. James architecture appear, such as the Pilgrim's Shelter or the famous Pilgrim's fountain. Nor does the church of Santiago leave any doubts as to the importance of this pilgrim's road. This monumental building, erected in the 16th century, has a single nave and its façade displays a tremendous image of Santiago Matamoros. Inside, the image of Logroño's patron, the Virgen de la Esperanza, is venerated.

The historic centre has significant cultural sites, such as the Cathedral of Santa María la Redonda (15th-18th centuries), whose baroque towers rise above the Market square. The current cathedral premises stand on the site of old circular Romanesque church. Outstanding among the major sculpture work present in the building are the carvings of Gregorio Fernández and a representation of the way of the cross by the Renaissance maestro Michelangelo.

There are many churches in Logroño and prominent among them is Santa María de Palacio, the oldest in the capital of La Rioja, which dominates the city's skyline with its Gothic spire. Inside, there is a magnificent cloisters, a Flemish reredos and several Romanesque pieces to admire. Close by is the Mudejar tower of the church of San Bartolomé, devoted to the patron saint of the city. Built in the 12th century, it preserves an exquisite sculptured main front and is the only example of Romanesque art in the city.

Logroño also has fine examples of civil architecture, such as the palaces of the Marquis of Legarda, Los Chapiteles or the Museum of La Rioja, located in the palace of Espartero, a baroque construction from the 18th century.

The avenues and squares of Logroño are also a good alternative for enjoying the atmosphere of the streets. The Paseo del Espolón is one of the emblematic centres of the city and the Market square a popular meeting place for its inhabitants.

Gastronomy and surrounding area

The rich soil of La Rioja enables the preparation of some of the specialities which make up its recognized culinary tradition. Asparagus, beans, peppers, artichokes and other vegetables and pulses are the basic ingredients of a long list of dishes such as vegetable stew, potatoes "a la riojana", lamb and kid cutlets with vine shoots or stuffed peppers. The traditional desserts are pears in wine, the almond pastries from Arnedo or the marzipan from Soto (made with sugar and ground almonds).

La Rioja is synonymous with great Spanish wines. For decades, wines from La Rioja, protected by their own Designation of Origin standard, have been an obligatory reference throughout Spain and beyond.

The deep tradition of devotion to St. James which exists in La Rioja is felt in each and every one of the towns which the Pilgrim's Route to Santiago de Compostela crosses in this province. Leaving Logroño behind, the French Road passes through Navarrete, with the remains of a pilgrims' hospital, and Nájera, a former royal court. In this latter place, we can stop to admire the Monastery of Santa María la Real, which is noteworthy for its splendid cloisters and its use as a pilgrims' shelter. Continuing along this route, walkers must branch off a few kilometres to San Millán de la Cogolla to admire the incredible beauty of the site formed by the Monasteries of Suso and Yuso, declared World Heritage Sites.Santo Domingo de la Calzada is the last great staging post of the Road in La Rioja. Outstanding in this well-looked after town are its walls, its Roman road and the Cathedral of San Salvador. Welcoming the visitor are a Casa del Santo and the Parador de Turismo, a former pilgrims' hospital built in the 12th century next to the cathedral premises.

Off the Pilgrim's Route to Santiago de Compostela, other towns of major importance in La Rioja are Calahorra, capital of Lower Rioja, which has a Parador de Turismo; neighbouring Alfaro, in whose historic quarter stands the collegiate church of San Miguel Arcángel (16th-17th centuries); and Haro, a stately town which has become the centre of the Rioja region's wine production.

To the south of the region you can tour the Route of the Dinosaurs, an itinerary which takes in the tracks left by these prehistoric animals.

Another of La Rioja's attractions is its wealth of nature. The Sierra de Cebollera National Park, in the Los Comeros region, bordering on the province of Soria, is home to one of the greatest examples of glacial scenery in the peninsula