To get to know Logroño, it is best to tour its historic quarter, with the heritage of its history, starting with Portales Street and the Co-cathedral of the Redonda (Built throughout several centuries, its well known twin towers are from the 18th century. What is most noteworthy is the ashlar of the choir, the main altarpiece from the 17th century and the portrait of the Crucifixion attributed to Michelangelo.). St. James’s Way, which enters Logroño through the stone bridge, accompanies pilgrims and visitors along the city’s oldest streets, with the wineries dug out of rock, bearing witness to the wine tradition of the Riojan capital. Be sure to stop at San Bartolomé and see its marvellous façade, in addition to the view of St. Mary of Palacio and the Jacobean complex of St. James with an enormous Game of the Goose at his feet, and then continue on to the square of the Parlamento, old pilgrim hospital and the gate of Revellín, part of the city’s wall.
Although Logroño also offers visitors modern buildings such as the Town Hall of Rafael Moneo or Riojaforum, convention center and the auditorium of La Rioja. The city’s wineries open their doors to visitors to show their over one hundred year old tradition, their modern buildings, or their excellent art collections.
A stroll through Logroño also allows the visitor to learn about the commercial and artisan traditions, purchase a wineskin, a bottle of the best Rioja, some chocolates made with wine, or some vinotherapy products...but for everyone who visits the Riojan capital, a tour through Laurel Street or San Juan Street is a must, as this is where you can find a selection of pinchos or the typical specialities of each bar.
The two fielato booths located at the entrance of the stone bridge are now pilgrim assistance centres. Taking the Rúa Vieja, the oldest street on Logroño's street map, you arrive at a Baroque mansion, number 32, which is the pilgrim shelter.
We are next to the church of Holy Mary of Palacio. Its svelte pyramidal tower, with an octagonal design, is commonly known as "the needle." Inside, be sure to see the image of Holy Mary of Palacio, an exceptional Romanesque sculpture made from polychrome stone.
The Rua Vieja leads to the Church of St. James, which is full of Jacobean elements: the Pilgrims Fountain; a huge mosaic, possibly the largest Game of the Goose in the world, depicting a game to which many people attribute Jacobean symbolism; and the enormous Baroque image of St. James that overlooks the temple's façade, in which he appears depicted as an impetuous "Saint James the Moor-slayer." Going through Barriocepo, we will reach the limits of the old city, the Gate of the Way or Arch of Revellín. Through this gate facing Finisterre, the pilgrims would depart from Logroño.