Arnedo is the third largest town in La Rioja, Spain. It is located near Calahorra, and has a population of about 15,000 people.

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Flag of Arnedo
Coat of arms of Arnedo
Coat of arms
Arnedo is located in La Rioja, Spain
Location in La Rioja
Arnedo is located in Spain
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 42°13′N 2°6′W / 42.217°N 2.100°W / 42.217; -2.100
Country Spain
Community La Rioja
ProvinceLa Rioja
ComarcaComarca de Arnedo
 • MayorJavier García Ibáñez (PSOE)
 • Total85.40 km2 (32.97 sq mi)
550 m (1,800 ft)
 • Total14,815
 • Density170/km2 (450/sq mi)
Demonym(s)arnedano, na
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
WebsiteOfficial website
Castle of Arnedo

Its economy is based on the shoe industry.


The area of Arnedo has been inhabited as early as the Neolithic Age. In pre-Roman times it was known as Sadacia or Sidacia, while the current name derives from the Latin Arenetum ("Place of sand"); the Romans, who arrived here in the 2nd century BC replacing the Celtiberians, built here a fortification to defend the hill, which commanded an important communication hub. Of the Visigothic Age are remains of a 6th-century cave-church.

The Moors conquered Arnedo in the 8th century AD and made it the capital of one of the 26 provinces in which they divided Iberia. The town was conquered by the Christian king Sancho I of Pamplona in 908-909.

Main sightsEdit

  • Ruins of the castle
  • Church of St. Thomas
  • Church of St. Cosmas and Damian, housing a Baroque high altar
  • Church of St. Eulalia
  • Monastery of Nuestra Señora de Vico, situated some 4 km outside the city
  • Gate of Nuestra Señora de la Nieves
  • Museum of Shoes


List of mayors since the democratic elections of 1979
Term Name of Mayor Political Party
1979–1983 Agapito Moreno Solana CD
1983–1987 Santiago Orío Pérez PSOE
1987–1991 José Mª León Quiñones PSOE
1991–1995 José Mª León Quiñones PSOE
1995–1999 José Mª León Quiñones PSOE
1999–2003 José Mª León Quiñones PSOE
2003–2007 Juan Antonio Abad Pérez PP
2007–2011 Juan Antonio Abad Pérez PP
2011–2015 Juan Antonio Abad Pérez PP
2015–2019 Javier García Ibáñez PSOE
2019– Javier García Ibáñez PSOE

Notable peopleEdit

Twin townsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.