The city where I live30 de Mayo de 2011 | Por cafedelenguas | Categoría: Viajes
por Óscar Santín García
I live in a small city in northern Spain, on the Ebro river, called Logroño.Logroño is the capital city of La Rioja.
With a population of nearly 160,000 inhabitants, Logroño isn’t a big city but it’s the most important wine-producing area in Spain, maybe not in quantity but in quality, and its wines are well-known all over the world. Wine trade is the most important business in Logroño and many people work in wine companies or have lands where they grow grapes to make wine.
I think Logroño is a friendly city to live in. It isn`t as polluted or crowded as cities like Madrid or Barcelona and has a lot of parks that make it a healthy city.
Social life is very important at weekends and it develops around the old city. Streets like San Juan or Laurel are very crowded on Saturday evenings and nights. Along these streets there are a lot of restaurants and bars where you can try delicious “pinchos” or “tapas” and, of course, red wine is present in this animated social life.
Logroño’s climate is called Continental Mediterranean, which means that in summer, it’s dry and hot whereas in winter the temperature can drop below zero, and on several winter days the snow falls on the city. Logroño isn’t as wet as other northern cities in Spain but it’s windy and many days the wind blows through the valley.
There aren’t many sights in the city. Most of them are located in the old city and they are connected with religious life or religious buildings like the Cathedral. In fact, one of the most famous religious routes in the world passes through the city. This is, of course, St James’ Way. Each year, thousands of people visit the city on their way to Santiago.
There are two important festivals in Logroño:
San Bernabe, this one takes place on June 9th,and commemorates the battle against the French who besieged the city in May and June 1521.
San Mateo is another important festival in the city. It takes place on September 21th and lasts for one week. This festivity is connected with the wine harvest.
This is my home city and I’ve lived here since I was born. I`ve surely forgotten a lot of interesting things you can see and enjoy here, so you should spend a few days here, I’m sure you will have a good time.