Logroño is a municipality in the north of Spain, capital of La Rioja province and La Rioja autonomous community. It has the largest population in the province (accounting for nearly half of the total population) and is the centre of economic and cultural activity and services. Calle del Laurel and Calle San Juan, known as the "Senda de los Elefantes", are popular routes for pinchos, tapas and wine. Calle Marqués de San Nicolás (Calle Mayor) and Plaza Martínez Zaporta are among the most popular area for locals and tourists to gather every night of the week and are especially busy at weekends and on public holidays.
Standing on the River Ebro, Logroño has traditionally been a point of passage and a crossroads on routes like the Way of Saint James, and a frontier town, disputed by the old Hispanic kingdoms in the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Ages. Logroño came to be one of the most important urban centres of Medieval Castile, both culturally and economically. Over the last year, the city's population has grown slowly but significantly compared with neighbouring towns mainly because of migratory movement from other parts of the province. It was Spain's capital of gastronomy in 2012 and European City of Sport in 2014.