The eastern section of Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta
By Tom Perry
This Guide was last updated on 12 February 2010
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Logroņo is a bustling city whose popularity stems from its quality of life – it is clean, relatively free from crime, small enough so that walking everywhere is practical, and with a vibrant old town filled with bars and restaurants Logroņo is consistently voted as one of the most desirable places to live in Spain. The old quarter of Logroņo is currently undergoing extensive restoration, with several palaces and vaulted cellars converted into restaurants and hotels.
A beautiful walled village on a hill 15km west of Logroņo, Laguardia is the capital of the Rioja Alavesa district. It is the most important wine village in the Rioja region. Testimonies to its importance as a strategic vantage point during border feuds throughout history are a number of palaces with coats of arms, and two churches. One of these, Santa María de los Reyes, is well worth a visit because of its faįade with a sharply pointed Gothic arch and polychrome statues of saints and apostles. There are over 200 underground wine cellars beneath the streets, which has obliged the local government to forbid cars and trucks inside the village.
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