La Rioja is an autonomous community located in northern Spain. It is an ideal starting point from which to explore many other beautiful Spanish regions, as it borders several other autonomous communities such as the Basque Country, Navarre, Aragon and Castile and Leon. Its capital is the city of Logrono, located in La Rioja's single province on the Ebro river. It has many places of historic, cultural, religious and architectural interest such as churches and cathedrals, parks and public sqaures and museums. Rent villas in La Rioja and discover the warm and welcoming nightlife scene for those looking to meet people and dance the night away on their La Rioja holidays, for example, Calle del Laurel and Calle San Juan are two important and typical streets in Logrono where various restaurants and tapas bars offer some of the best tapas dishes in northern Spain.
Choose La Rioja Holiday Homes to take part in the Haro Wine Festival
Calle Portales is another main street located in the old town, where people can take a leisurely evening stroll or sit outside in restaurant terraces to eat a meal or drink wine. There are over 50 taperías, or tapas restaurants in English, in Logrono, all located within the town centre. The wines offered in these tapas bars usually all bear the La Rioja „Qualified designation of origin“ seal of quality approval. La Rioja is famous internationally for its excellent quality wine. Its wine production plays a central part in the cultural and social life of the people in this region. For example, the Haro Wine festival is a celebration which takes places annually in the town of Haro. It takes place in the summer on 29th June, the day of the Patron Saint of San Pedro.
La Rioja Holiday Apartments - enjoy a nice glass of La Rioja wine with your tapas
Its most main activities include wine drinking competitions and a so-called „Batalla de Vino“, or Battle of Wine in English, where contestants use buckets to pour wine all over each other. The celebrations begin at 7 in the morning when a procession starts made up of people in white shirts and red scarves laden with all kinds of containers such as jugs and bottles filled with red wine. The procession is led by the town mayor on horseback, and winds through the town of Haro to the Cliffs of Bilibio, where a mass is celebrated at the Hermitage of San Felices de Bilibio. After the mass a huge fight breaks out, with everyone throwing wine at each other until the white of everyone's shirts is soaked pink. At midday, all the revellers return to town to celebrate at the Plaza de la Paz, followed by bullfights in the town's bullring.
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