I’ve called the capital city of La Rioja, Logroño, home since September 2013. It’s a city that few tourists experience on a typical Spain itinerary, except for pilgrims passing through on the Camino de Santiago. With just over 155,000 people, it’s an easy place to get comfortable accustomed to living in Spain. Little did I know how much I would come to love it here!
Some of the best things about living in Logroño are the views of surrounding mountains, the perfect castellano spoken, and the inexpensive living. The region is known for producing the best wine in Spain and you can get a good glass of vino for 0,80-2,50. For that reason alone I never want to leave! The downsides are that it’s poorly connected for traveler without a car, plus the long, cold and rainy winter.
Logroño exhibits the strictly traditional side of Spain. It’s not international like Barcelona, not metropolitan like Madrid, nor crowded with tourists like Andalusia. The people here are proud of their region and many openly express that they never want to be anywhere else. Everything is closed on Sunday and each day from 2:00-5:00PM shops close and people head home for lunch and a siesta.
There are many community-wide festivals, especially in the spring and summer. The largest is San Mateo, the celebration of the city’s patron saint during the last week of September. Throughout Holy Week nightly religious processions file down Calle Portales. My favorite is San Bernabe at the end of June. This medieval festival remembers when Logroño withstood a French siege. The legend says that the people survived on wine from the cellars and sneaking out to the Ebro River to catch fish.
Yet the thing Logroño is most famous for is of course Calle Laurel. Along with neighboring streets such as San Agustin and San Juan, this area of bars and restaurants boast some of the best pinchos in all of Spain. The ruta de pinchos experience is one of a kind! For my recommendations for what to eat on each street, you can read my posts:
Travesia de Laurel, Calle Laurel, Calle Albornoz, Calle San Agustin, and Calle San Juan.
Rent (2bed/1bath in the center): 350,00/month
Cell phone plan: 9,00/month
Utilities (electric, gas): 100,00/2months Water is paid each 6 months.
Bus ride (urbano): 0,72
Bus ride (interurbano): 1,51
Pincho + copa de vino: 3,25
If you have any questions about living in Logroño or even just visiting, let me know through my Contact page!