Nearly 500 years ago, this area was at war…
The locals celebrate La Rioja Day on the 9th of June and San Bernabe on the 11th.
People dress up in period costume and stage recreations, there’s a medieval market, live music and dancing all over Logrono.
Visitors can get carried away with the party atmosphere; traditional dancing displays, music and food and wine in the street.
What a week to be in La Rioja, and Logrono particularly!
Locals will tell you the story with great gusto over a glass or two, but in short…
The invading French laid seige to the city, but weren’t aware of the caves underneath which allowed the locals to store supplies, fish and gather water unseen by the enemy. After breaking the French siege and defeating the invaders in 1521, it became a tradition to commemorate the event with bread, fish and wine on the 11th June, the fiesta of San Bernabe, the patron saint of the city.