Spring is finally here! Honestly, it’s completely uplifted my outlook on our lives here. Let’s just say it was a rainy, cold winter. With the new season has also come a heaping amount of large changes. The weeks are flying by and we’re trying to cope with the new and prepare for the upcoming summer as best we can. One thing I’ve noticed popping up around La Rioja recently are the medieval fairs.
One thing that never gets old to me here in Spain is the ancient history that stands everywhere you go. Even speaking of Logroño, that is just our every day home base now (insane that it could ever feel “normal” to live here), our current apartment was built into the original wall of the city. Walled cities originate from medieval times, and they are everywhere here in Spain. A nearby pueblo, Laguardia, is a very well-preserved medieval village locate in Rioja Alavesa. The wineries located there are hundreds of years old and put their wine cellars in the same underground tunnels that soldiers used to escape or defend the city. It’s amazing.
There are many medieval fairs year round, but the two I’ve stumbled across in the past month have been in Nájera and Logroño. I know that there is another in Briones. Although usually small, you’ll be able to locate these fairs by the strings of flags hanging across the streets. As it’s Game of Thrones season, I couldn’t help but relate the animals to each family house, ha!
You’ll find artifacts from the medieval ages on display, complete with people dressed as knights, lords, ladies, and common folk. There are loads of artisan goods such as breads, cheese, salchichon, chorizo, orujo, soaps, incense, leather goods, jewelry, and more. These goods aren’t close to cheap, but it’s still fun to browse the stands. In Logroño we even ran into a algodón de azúcar which brought back great memories. I absolutely cannot wait for the larger Spanish festivals coming up soon in Spain, such as San Bernabé, Batalla de Vino, San Fermín, and BBK Live! It’s gonna be a summer to remember!