Rural Houses: description, ______
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’ -
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
The house has 5 double rooms (2 with double bed) and
all have en-suite bathrooms.
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…
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.
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.
following is a list of prices for the different accommodation.
LIST OF PRICES
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”
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
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.
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).
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…
to do in Amaya? ________
Get to know our
towns, celebrations, culture, art and visit buildings and remains from the
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
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.
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.
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
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.