Inter Europa is placed in a very central area in the city of Logroño, the capital city of the region La Rioja, which is an autonomous community in Spain, situated in the north of the Iberian Peninsula.
La Rioja shares its borders with The Basque Country in the North (famous for its beautiful landscapes and coast, and its delicious cuisine); Navarre in the North-east (famous for the Bull-runs in San Fermín); Aragón in the East; and Castilla-León in the South and South East, both regions full of art and history.
Why coming to La Rioja?
The question you should really ask yourself is “Why NOT coming to La Rioja?”
Despite its small size, this magical region gathers several and different attractions of great interest. Apart from a wonderful mixture of landscapes (the Ebro valley in the north, the mountains and a ski resort in the south), La Rioja has plenty to offer. However, if we had to present the symbols of identity of this region, we would highlight the following three:
1. St James Way
St James Way: in its way to the shrine of the apostle St. James in Santiago de Compostela, this famous pilgrimage route goes over the north part of La Rioja, including Logroño and medieval towns such as Navarrete, Nájera or Santo Domingo de la Calzada.
2. Wine Culture
Who has never heard of a cup of our famous wine? Rioja, which has established itself as the most recognisable name for Spanish wine inside and outside Spain, was the first region to be awarded DOC status (Designation of Origin).
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3. The Cradle of the Spanish language
La Rioja is also famous for two monasteries which have been designated World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1997. The Monasteries of Suso (6th century) and Yuso (11th century), located in the village of San Millán de la Cogolla, are acknowledged by UNESCO as “the birthplace of the modern written and spoken Spanish language”. The reason for this is that presumably, Suso’s Monastry is the place where the first phrases written in Spanish language were found. These phrases were glosses on a Latin text known as Glosas Emilianenses.
With an average population of 160,000 inhabitants, Logroño is considered to be one of the best Spanish cities to live in. It is a quiet place full of green spaces, pedestrian streets and parks, where everything is reachable on foot. Public transport is economical and reliable.
The city centre is full of places of interest: on the one hand, the old town, with its welcoming streets and traditional buildings, the cathedral, churches, etc. On the other hand, the most commercial streets full of shops, cafés, restaurants and hotels. Logroño has one of the most distinguished culinary traditions in Spain. There are over 50 taperías (tapas bars) located within a 4 block area, known as “Calle Laurel”, near the town centre. The traditional tapas restaurants often have their own speciality and offer different wines, usually from Rioja DO.
There are 3 shopping centres in the outskirts, with shops, restaurants, bowling alleys and cinemas. If you like doing sport, Logroño is the perfect place. Its long park along the right bank of the Ebro river is a nice place to have a walk, go jogging or cycling.
How to get here
It is only 15km away from Logroño’s city centre. This airport is quite small and it only has flights to and from Madrid usually. However, it is advisable to check for further flights, specially during the spring-summer season when some new routes are occasionally offered.
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Bilbao Airport is the nearest international airport,140km far from Logroño. There are connections with the main cities in Europe and Spain. See the map below for possible flights. You can check for more information about the flights and the Companies in the website: http://www.aeropuertodebilbao.net/es/
If you fly to Bilbao, there is a good combination of bus from Bilbao’s main station (Termibus), to Logroño. You can check for information about buses in the following link: http://www.termibus.es/
We advise you not to book a late flight because there won’t be any bus from Bilbao to Logroño from 20:00 on. The Bus company that covers the route is “La Unión Alavesa”: www.autobuseslaunion.com
This is the biggest airport in Spain and you will find flights from all over the world. There is a very good combination of bus that you can take right from the Terminal 4 of the airport, directly to Logroño. The journey lasts 4 hours.
See more information about the flights: http://www.aeropuertomadrid-barajas.com/
Bus company: http://www.alsa.es/
Zaragoza is situated 180km away from Logroño, but it is easily accessible by bus or by train. Zaragoza’s airport operates with destinations such as Brussels, Bucarest, Cluj, Lanzarote, London (Stansted), Milan, Paris (Beauvais-Tille) and Palma de Mallorca.
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