Almarza de Cameros, La Rioja (0)
Where numerous and varied ecosystems coexist
It is located in the municipality of Almarza de Cameros, in the Los Cameros mountain range in La Rioja, to the southwest of Ribavellosa mountain, on the right bank of the Iregua river. Although there are no written references to Ribavellosa until the 15th century, when it was bought next to the towns of Torres and Luezas by the fourth lord of Los Cameros, there are signs, in the area, of human settlements since the Neolithic. In the 18th century, according to the census of the Count of Aranda, there was in the place a small village called Villa de Ribavellosa de Cameros. At that time the mount of Ribavellosa belonged to the Count of Hervias, to the Duke of Abrantes and to the community of nuns of the monastery of Cañas, later becoming the possession of one of the great lordships of the area, the Sáenz de Tejada family.
In the 20th century, the small village, Estate of Ribavellosa, with its cultivated land and pastures for the cattle that were raised here, was bought to be used for social purposes, thinking of establishing a hospital centre for tuberculosis patients, but various circumstances led to the project being abandoned and finally used as a children's colony and summer residence. The facilities, originally made of wood, were improved in terms of equipment and infrastructure and the building known today as La Colonia was built, with a swimming pool, fronton, soccer fields, etc. Years later, another building was erected that included a chapel, an assembly hall and a multipurpose hall, and another building, the Residence.
The Estate of Ribavellosa is a place of great ecological value as well as having an exceptional scenic beauty. The Finca, which was taken over by the Autonomous Body National Parks, retains most of the facilities. It is a good place for family hiking, children and adults alike can enjoy this environment that lends itself to excursions and hiking activities in family through its well signposted trails where, if you pay a little attention, you can discover the traces left by its inhabitants, squirrels, roe deer, deer.... while enjoying the different colours that its pines, beeches, holm oaks, junipers... paint each season of the year, all accompanied by the gratifying musicality of the song of the birds that have made the place their timeless habitat.
In the lands of the Estate, the agricultural and livestock activity of the old village of Ribavellosa changed the forest landscapes turning them into pastures, cultivated lands and open forests. Nowadays, the repopulation of the land, carried out in the middle of the XX century, with wild pine, kermes oak and fir, among which emerge the autochthonous species that once covered the slopes of the Ribavellosa mountain, have changed it again recovering for the place its traditional biodiversity.
The Estate of Ribavellosa, in which there is no urban nucleus and whose access road leads directly to a group of buildings where you can find the car parks, the old "Edificio de la Colonia", the "Edificio de la Residencia" and a third building of Multiple Uses, in addition to sports facilities and playgrounds, is included within the Special Conservation Zone of Community Importance (ZECIC) of Sierras of la Demanda, Urbión, Cebollera and Cameros, and designated ZEPA, Special Protection Zone for Birds, and LIC, Places of Community Interest. In Pascual Madoz's Diccionario Geográfico-Estadístico-Histórico de España (Geographical-Statistical-Historical Dictionary of Spain) Ribavellosa is cited as: "a place situated on a small plain at the foot of the Sierra de Cameros that enjoys good ventilation, and climate, although somewhat cold, healthy, with good oak, beech and holm oak trees".
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At the Estate of Ribavellosa we arrive following the N-111 that joins Logroño and Soria. It is on this road, near Torrecilla in Cameros, where you will find the signposted detour that leads to this spot in La Rioja.
In the facilities, where the Visitors' Centre is located, you will find ample parking areas.
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