Logroño is an important city on the Camino, the centre of the Rioja wine industry. There are a number of fine churches; sadly, we only had time to visit three of them. It’s a splendid place to eat, which we did. The Calle del Laurel is full of tapas bars, though tapas here is better known as pinchos. The street is apparently known locally as ‘The path of the Elephants’, though we didn’t see any.
  Our walk ended with a visit to the indoor food market. Oh why can’t we have markets like this in England?

The church of Santa Maria de la Redonda. This is the most important church in Logroño, but it is not quite a cathedral - it is a co-cathedral, sharing a bishop with two other cathedrals. 'Rodonda'  means round, referring to the original octagonal shape.

The church displays a painting of the Crucifixion which, on quite good authority, is ascribed to Michelangelo.

The Church of St James (Iglesia de Santiago el Real). The Statue of the mounted St James the Moor slayer over the door is particularly impressive, though this aspect of the tradition of St James in Spain is played down these days.

The 12th-century Church of St Bartholemew (San Bartolomé) is noted for its extraordinary porch, showing scenes from the life of St Bartholemew, including him being flayed alive. Perhaps surprisingly, the flayers are shown as three female figures: these represent lust, vanity and idleness.

Town views

The Calle del Laurel and the market

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