It is located to the southeast of the capital of the municipality of Condado de Treviño, of which it forms part as a minor local entity, in the province of Burgos, in the valley of the river Ayuda, which crosses its territory. In Albaina, between Fuidio and Pariza, also districts of the County of Treviño, we know of very old population settlements, since prehistoric remains of them have been found in the nearby Montico de Charratu, as well as medieval cenobies in artificial caves that were later inhabited by families in the seventh and eighth centuries. Albaina, being at a crossroads, the fish and wool routes passed through here, as well as the path that linked Zaragoza with Bilbao, has always had a large population. Before the creation of the constitutional town halls it was included in the Cuadrilla del Río Somayuda. The nearby hamlet of Pariza, which before the creation of the constitutional town councils was a village of the lordship "Duques de Frías", together with Sáseta, which is not a hamlet, were independent municipalities at the end of the Old Regime but in the middle of the 19th century they were incorporated into the municipality of Condado de Treviño.
In Albaina, and surrounded by popular architecture that is organized almost all along a street, is the church of St. Michael the Archangel, built between the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries where previously there was another medieval temple. In this village, where water resounds everywhere, a beautiful fountain from 1870 could not be missing. The blazoned mansion of the Samaniego family is also striking. In the middle of a meadow, where the village of Granado used to be, is the hermitage of Nuestra Señora del Granado, a Romanesque temple with a single nave and straight chancel, built in the 13th century. The GR 38 Wine and Fish Route passes through the village and between beautiful fields the hiker will be taken to the next village on the route, Pariza, where the parish church of San Martín welcomes him. If the hiker, following the Gr 38 route, approaches Sáseta, he will be able to enjoy a beautiful enclave that, following the path that starts in the village, enters a narrow gorge that the river Ayuda has been in charge of drilling and that shows a rich natural and geological heritage. If you are lucky you will be able to glimpse some European mink , but what you cannot miss are the beautiful waterfalls that are a short distance from the centre of Sáseta.
Albaina celebrates its patron saint fiestas in honour of the Apparition of Saint Michael the Archangel on 8 May. In Pariza, the fiesta in honour of its patron saint, San Martín, is celebrated on the Sunday following 11 November.
The villages that surrounded Albaina during the Middle Ages were later abandoned and their people moved to this town and their churches became hermitages that depended on the parish of Albaina. One of these hermitages is Nuestra Señora del Granado. Tradition has it that the town of Granado was decimated by a cholera epidemic and that there was only one survivor, an old lady who, with the good will to ensure that her beloved town did not fall into oblivion, distributed it by giving the jurisdiction of the lands to Albaina and Fuidio and gave Laño the church bell, a bell that is still known in Laño today as "la de Granado".
In Albaina, the water of the Barruntia stream, which flows underground through the village, is the driving force behind the four mills that the locality still has to this day. Three of them are on a path that starts next to the church of San Miguel, although the most interesting is located within the town itself.
Legend has it that there are snakes that feed by suckling on the udders of goats, cows, sows or sheep and that in Albaina it happened that one of them suckled on the breast of a woman who was raising her little one. It is said that at night she approached the bed of the good woman while she slept next to her offspring and putting the tip of the tail in the baby's mouth so that he was calm and did not cry she sucked from the mother's teat and when she woke up the snake disappeared through a hole in the room. Day by day the child was seen more and more deteriorated and no one explained why, until one day the husband saw a glossy snake roaming around the house, then, understanding what was happening, a hoe killed her. From that day on, little by little, the child began to grow and improve because no one took away his food.
The accesses leading to Albaina are on the CL-127 road that links Bernedo with Treviño. This road in turn connects with the road from Vitoria - Gasteiz up to the port of Peñacerrada.
Albaina has a regular bus stop which, daily at different times, covers the route Vitoria/Gasteiz- Lagran.
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