It is situated in the municipality of Clavijo, La Rioja. Built at the beginning of the ninth century is of Muslim origin, at the beginning consisted of a tower with a courtyard attached, then, in the tenth century, was built the wall flanked by towers, which was Christian work.
From Clavijo Castle remains the wall with the cylindrical towers and the homage tower, where remains of some woods used in its construction have been found. Given its strategic location, it was the subject of numerous disputes, and over the years it belonged to nobles from the kingdoms of Navarre and Castile. Today it is in a half-noise state and various restoration works are being carried out there to conserve this defensive bastion that is embedded in the sinuous profile that forms the rock.
Legend has it that in the year 844 Ramiro I, king of Asturias, fought in this place against the Moors, whom he managed to defeat thanks to the appearance of the Apostle Santiago on horseback of a white horse and raising the white flag with the red cross of Santiago. He did it according to legend, jumping from mountain to mountain and leaving forever the mark of the horseshoes of his horse on the rocks where he rested.
This fact has been a common iconographic motif in the representation of the Apostle, propitiating for years and even today, that pilgrims made a stop on their way to Santiago to come here.
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Says a man who's seen Santiago
in droves with two hundred warriors;
they were all covered with lights
with garlands of green stars,
and the horse that rides Santiago
was a star of intense brightness...
Federico García Lorca
Just 16 Km separate Clavijo de Logroño, the access to the town of Clavijo is made following the road LR-460 that joins the towns of Alberite and Clavijo. Clavijo has a stop for the metropolitan bus service, which connects it with the nearby towns and Logroño. Its unmistakable rock crowned by the Castle of Clavijo is visible in the horizon from Logroño, following this marked course we will go towards the locality of Alberite, either from the N-111 that communicates Logroño with Soria and deviating us towards this locality or taking from Logroño direction Villamediana de Iregua to later continue by the road that joins to both. Once in Alberite we will go towards the wine cellars district where we will take the LR-460 which, after crossing La Unión, a town belonging to the municipality of Clavijo, ascends the road that ends in the Clavijo square next to the church.
From here and on foot, following the signs, you will pass by the town hall and then turn left and cross, first along a path and then along a wide path, the short distance that separates you from the castle.
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5:00 h.16.5 km.
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