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                            In the Northwest of the province of Burgos, close to the borders with the neighbouring provinces of Palencia and Cantabria  having once been the capital of the former), is Amaya, surrounded by beautiful countryside at the foot of Peña Amaya .  

Three rural houses:  El Hidalgo, Amaya and Peña Amaya , are all located in this village, each being of traditional local construction, and offering the possibility to enjoy the comfort and tranquillity  of the beautiful rural surroundings.

Birdwatching: Peña Amaya is a ZEPA area and part of ‘Red Natura 2000’ -

 

   

 

 

                    *The Hidalgo’ rural house is a dwelling of typical local construction with a wooden structure, wood beameddwelling of typical local construction with a wooden structure, wood beamed ceilings and traditional clay tiled flooring.

The Hidalgo

It sleeps 10 people, with the possibility of additional accommodation if required.

The house has a rear patio and a grassy garden with trees and flowers, along with a stone well and   barbecue.

The house has 5 double rooms (2 with double bed) and all have en-suite bathrooms.

Four of the rooms are upstairs and one is on the ground floor, the latter is adapted for use by guests who require wheelchair access.

It also has a pretty lounge-dining room with a fireplace and a good-sized sunny kitchen equipped with dishwasher,    microwave, washing machine… 

   

   

     

 

 

 

 

   

 

   

 

 

*Amaya rural house is a recently recovered construction respecting the local architectural style with a wooden framework , exposed interior beams and a suspended oak floor upstairs.

It sleeps 4, although it can be partially rented for 2 people.

The house has 2 double rooms, one with a double bed, and a bathroom. Both are on the upper floor and on the ground floor there is a beautiful lounge-dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. 

 

 

 

   

 

* The Peña Amaya rural house is a recently recovered construction in keeping with the local architecture, based on a wooden framework  with exposed interior beams and a suspended oak upper floor.

It sleeps 4 with the possibility of providing extra beds if required.

At the front of the house there is a patio with a grassy garden and barbecue.

The house has 2 double rooms with en-suite bathroom, one of them with a double bed. Both are on the upper floor and on the ground floor there is a beautiful lounge-diner with a fully equipped kitchen and a warm fireplace. 

   

 

 

 

 

   

 

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*  Prices. The following is a list of prices for the different accommodation.

LIST OF PRICES

  

Rural house

 

Nº beds

 

Weekend

Easter, Bank holidays and Christmas

 

Complete week

 

Fortnight

 

Double room

 

El Hidalgo

 

10

 

450,00-€

 

250,00-€/DAY

 

700,00-€

 

1000,00-€

 

60,00-€

8

380,00-€

 

Amaya

 

4

 

150,00-€

 

80,00-€/DAY

 

400,00-€

 

600,00-€

 

60,00-€

2

125,00-€

 

Peña Amaya

 

4

 

180,00-€

 

100,00-€/DAY

 

500,00-€

 

800,00-€

 

60,00-€

 

CONDITIONS: Rental for full weeks and fortnights:  The accommodation will be available from 5 in the afternoon on the day of arrival and must be vacated on the morning of departure by 12. Unless otherwise agreed, arrival and departure will be on Friday or Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

A big HISTORY

“To the East of Herrera, a single, solemn, escarped mountain raises itself like a goddess. This is Amaya rock, the queen of the mountains of Old Castile”

Victor de la Serna

 

We find ourselves at the meeting point of the Cantabrian Mountain range and the sedimentary river basin of the Duero; this is a part of Burgos known as ‘Las Loras’, an area with long, narrow rock structures which emerge above the abrupt countryside.

Above all the others, like an immense ship beached among the wheat fields, stands the dramatically beautiful Amaya Rock, as though it were an impenetrable fort rising 500 meters above the plain which surrounds it. Its imposing and solitary rocky crags constitute one of the most famous enclaves in the history of Northern Spain.

The first constructions on the Rock date from Celtic times and these were successfully extended by Romans, and Visigoths. In the IX century, under the reign of Ordoño I, count Rodrigo reconquered Amaya which he both reoccupied and fortified, governing the territories which would later be known as “Castiella vétula” (Old Castile).   

The fortification was so solid that in later years, although the Arabs tried to take it on several occasions using thousands of soldiers on horseback they never succeeded. It was not until the 17th century when the castle, which no longer had a defensive function, fell into neglect and the old Celtic city, in the second millenium of its existence, became no more than a pile of stones…  

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to do in Amaya? ________

 

   Rambling, routes and excursions

Routes and excursions in and around Amaya:

      Ascent to Amaya Rock

    Around Amaya Rock

   The Rudrón Gorge  

  Other sites of interest

Get to know our towns, celebrations, culture, art and visit buildings and remains from the Roman period…

   In the rural house we will provide you with information on:

     Pony trekking routes in Valtierra de Albacastro.

     Routes tracing the Roman occupation: Rebolledo de la Torre.

     Ascent to Amaya Rock

     Route around Amaya Rock

     Route through the Uplands (Páramos)

     The Rudrón and the Gorges of the Ebro river

     Humada route - Valdelucio

     The Castile canal – Northern section -

       In  addition, this is a good area for going mushrooming at the right time of year, to fly kites on a windy day or to contemplate the thousands of stars which light up the sky on cloudless nights (visit  heavens-above).

 

ROUTES AND EXCURSIONS

 

Ascent to the Amaya Rock

                 

 From the village itself we can make the ascent to the Rock or we can walk around it to get a clear idea of its situation and enjoy the extraordinary landscape which it dominates. From the pretty uninhabited village of Puentes de Amaya, we can follow a footpath alongside the Gallinas stream which takes us into a narrow valley. On reaching a Poplar copse, the path to the top can be easily located.

                 Once on the platform of the rock itself, we must follow the footpath which borders the great limestone mass known as the Castle. A pronounced natural depression leads to the other side of the hill and if desired, one can ascend from here to the summit, from where there is a spectacular panoramic view of the entire region. The descent can be made following a track that will bring us directly back to Amaya. It takes around 4 hours to complete this 10km walk.

     

 

     Around the Rock

 

Setting off from Amaya and passing through Villamartín de Villadiego, we arrive at Humada, in the shadow of the impressive Ulaña rock, which dominates the whole of the Odra river valley and on top of which are the remains of Iron age settlements or ‘castros’, currently being excavated by the University of Cantabria. Continuing towards the Valdelucio Valley, the path climbs to a viewpoint  with a panoramic view over the region where the traveller can contemplate the main points of interest: Peña Amaya, Barriolucio, Carrascal, Tuerces, Humada, Rebolledo,  Albacastro, Villela,  Cuevas and La Pinza. These rock formations provide an authentic paradise for the birds of prey which inhabit the region, including various species of vultures and eagles.

The route then passes through Fuenteodra (where we can see the Yeguamea waterfall), Rebolledo Traspeña and Valtierra de Albacastro, until we arrive at the abandoned village of Albacastro and the remains of its Romanic church.  The traditional construction techniques using a mixture of wood, stone and brick can be observed in all of these villages.

Continuing to Rebolledo de la torre, we discover one of the most beautiful arched galleries of the Roman period in Castile, dating from 1186, and a gothic Tower after which the village takes its name.

 

    The Rudrón gorge

One of the most impressive routes for ramblers, is that which follows the course of the Rudrón river between the villages of Hoyos del Tozo and Moradillo del Castillo which can be reached by turning off the N-623 at Tubilla del agua (a beautiful village in itself which is well worth a visit). From Moradillo we descend to the river, crossing it a little further upstream. The route runs along the bottom of the Rudrón valley; a narrow limestone gorge that provides refuge for many species of animals, birds of prey and otters, among others. The dominant species of tree in the valley is the dwarf oak. The route can be completed in approximately 3 hours.

 

 

 

 

OTHER PLACES OF INTEREST

Arco de San Miguel - Sasamón

El Colacho - Castrillo de Murcia

Pórtico románico - Rebolledo de la Torre

Villadiego

               

                   Going South, past Sotresgudo, we can visit the two thousand year old town of Sasamón. Here, Caesar Augusto set up his military camps during the battles with the Cantabrians and Astures (year 26-25 B.C).

The cathedral church of Santa Maria la Real has a doorway dating from the XIII century and a XV century gothic painting. Just over 2 km from here we find Olmillos de Sasamón with the unmistakable silhouette of its castle.

 

                  We can continue the route towards the villages of Yudego and Villandiego with its medieval bridge and Castrillo of Murcia, where during the Corpus, a celebration known as the Colacho marks an ancestral pagan rite.

 

Returning again to the North via Sasamón, we pass through the villages of Villegas and Villamorón before reaching Villadiego, founded in the IX century by count Diego Porcelos. The village has two very interesting churches as well as other monuments and buildings of interest. The route can be completed by taking the road towards Humada, taking in once more the beautiful scenery of             Las Loras.

 

Orbaneja del Castillo

Sedano

Pozo Azul

Orbaneja del Castillo

                The town of Sédano and the villages nearby, especially Moradillo de Sédano, boast remains going back 5000 years Dolmen de las Arnillas as well as the beautiful Romanesque church of San Esteban.  Gredillo de Sédano also has a Romanic church and the ancient ruins (dolmenes) of Valdemuriel and San Quirce can be found close to Tubilla del Agua, mentioned above. Other charming villages around the Rudrón valley area are: Tablada, Bañuelos, Santa Coloma and Moradillo del Castillo.

 

                 On the main road towards Santander, the Pozo Azul at Covanera, a water feature of the limestone landscape, should not be missed. Further along we get to San Felices, from where it is possible to reach Sargentes de Lora and visit the dolmen de la Cabaña. A little to the north, from Valdelateja, located in a beautiful setting (the beginning of the Ebro gorge) we find the Siero Rock, site of a late Visigoth hermitage dedicated to saint Centola and Saint Elena.

 

                 Having crossed the Ebro (following the N-623 towards Santander) we reach Pesquera de Ebro, a magnificent village boasting palaces from the XVI, XVII and XVIII centuries and  from where we can also visit Cortiguera. Retracing our steps a short way we come accorss Escalada and Orbaneja del Castillo, huddled on the slopes of the gorge and with typical highland buildings.

   

 

CR Amaya

CR Peña Amaya

CR El Hidalgo

C. San Juan,8, 8bis y 44
09136 AMAYA Burgos

Teléfono 947 363 216
Móvil 616 044 920 - 669 328 353

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