If you’ve been looking for a good excuse to visit Spain, June 9th is one of the best times to go. This is when the Spanish autonomous community of La Rioja celebrates Día de La Rioja (the Day of La Rioja) each year. Here are a few fun facts about the Day of La Rioja that you may not know.
- History of La Rioja
The area currently known as the autonomous community of La Rioja used to be controlled by the Moors and the Romans. At one point it was also part of the Castile, Viguera and Pamplona kingdoms. It borders these autonomous communities:
- Castile and León
- The Basque Country
June 9, 1982 is when La Rioja’s statute was first approved and it was constituted as an autonomous community. The occasion has been celebrated annually ever since. It is not celebrated outside of La Rioja, but tourists frequently travel to La Rioja from other locations to participate in the lively festivities.
- Closed Businesses
While many businesses in the United States capitalize on big holidays by remaining open, many businesses in La Rioja close on the Day of La Rioja. If you plan to visit during this time, be aware that public transport services usually have a reduced schedule during the holiday, and they may not provide service to rural areas. Traffic in the centers of towns may be disrupted due to large events and celebrations. Some food stores stay open so you will probably be able to find places to eat, even though most large businesses choose to shut down that day.
- Things To Do
There are many fun things to do on the Day of La Rioja. Here are a few of your options:
- Local wine tasting
- Musical concerts
- Sports events
- Art exhibits
- Communal meals
There are plenty of enjoyable things to do on June 9th, whether you’re traveling to La Rioja by yourself, with family or with friends. Local wine tasting and sampling traditional dishes are two of the most popular activities for tourists.
- Holiday Symbols
During the Day of La Rioja, the autonomous community’s flag colors can be seen everywhere. The flag consists of four colors that make up equal horizontal bands. These are the colors from top to bottom:
Many people in the community choose to proudly display the flag during public events or outside of their private homes. Some even paint their faces or wear clothes that match the flag’s colors.
Another symbol commonly seen during the Day of La Rioja is the coat of arms that is depicted at the center of the autonomous community of La Rioja’s flag. In the coat of arms, a red crown is displayed atop a blue shield. Multiple images can be seen on the shield, including a castle on a bridge, a river, St. James’ cross, three fleur-de-lis and two scallop shells.
- Other Things To Do
If you aren’t fortunate enough to visit the autonomous community of La Rioja during their big annual holiday, there are still plenty of things to do and see at all times of the year in this charming region of Spain. Museums, monasteries, tapas bars and bodegas are plentiful in La Rioja and surrounding areas.
If you plan to visit La Rioja for just a day or two, you’ll undoubtedly want to stay longer once you arrive. Even if you neglect to bring enough money with you for an extended stay, you can have someone back home transfer funds quickly and safely to you through a Ria Money Transfer. Once you spend time in this beautiful community, you’ll want to do whatever you can to enjoy it a little longer.