It is located in the Valley of San Millán also known as the Cárdenas River. It is known from prehistoric remains that the area was already inhabited in the Palaeolithic period, as well as remains of Roman settlements have also been discovered. But the first documented data are from the 10th century in which a transfer of Badarán to the Abbot of San Millán de la Cogolla is described. In the 12th century it was granted administrative independence by Doña Urraca, becoming a royal town, although Badarán continued to be linked to the Monastery of San Millán both spiritually and economically and materially. In the 14th century and after the union of the locality with other nearby villages, the municipality of Badarán was formed. In 1926 Alfonso XIII granted Pío García Escudero y Ubago, who was born in Badarán and was Deputy Governor of the Bank of Spain, the title of Count of Badarán, thus becoming the first Count of the locality.
In Badarán, walking along the Calle Real you can see beautiful manor houses with coats of arms on the facades, as well as interesting buildings built in ashlar stone or boulders and brick. Its parish church is dedicated to the Virgen de la Expectación (Virgin of Expectation) and dates back to the 17th century. Inside you can admire beautiful altarpieces, the most outstanding being the Baroque style altarpiece from the beginning of the 18th century. The tower is located at the foot of the church, is square three floors. In addition, the village is surrounded by spectacular landscapes in which the silhouette of the Sierra de la Demanda is mixed with the fertile lands of the valley where it is located, and a beautiful poplar grove on the banks of the river invites you to stroll under its shade on the hot summer days.
Badarán celebrates its patron saint fiestas on 15 August in honour of the Virgen de la Asunción and San Roque and the second weekend of September are the Thanksgiving fiestas.
For more than 400 years, on Pentecost Sunday, a pilgrimage has been held to honour the Virgin of Valvanera, with the participation of numerous people from outside and from the village. Leaving from Badarán, you walk up through the mountain to the Monastery of Valvanera.
Around Badarán, in some of its paths you can see old guardaviñas, huts dating from the nineteenth century. These constructions were used for shelter, farmers and animals, from bad weather while they were developing their work in the vineyards.
You can't miss the month of July, usually the first Sunday, when the famous Riojan saying takes shape, the festival held in Badaran where wine, pork sausage and bread are distributed.
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Badarán can be reached by following the LR-204 from Santo Domingo de la Calzada to the town, passing through Villar de Torre. There you will find the LR-206 that comes from Azofra, on the A-12, crossing Alesanco, where you will find the detour of the LR-312 that connects this town with Cordovín and Badarán. Also in the A-12 but from Nájera, we can reach Badarán by the LR-113, a road that connects Nájera with Salas de los Infantes and where we will find, shortly after leaving Nájera, the detour that leads us to Badarán passing through Cárdenas. This same road connects Badarán with Berceo and San Millán de la Cogolla respectively.
Badarán has an intercity public transport service between Logroño-Estollo-Logroño every day of the week.
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Cradle of the Castilian and pantheon of the seven Castilian heroes
Emblematic place that reflects the stages of history, art and culture of the area
Location of the Virgin of Valvanera, Patron Saint of La Rioja
Romanesque jewel from La Rioja
An emblematic place where devotion and tradition come together
Manganese mines whose exploitation is probably one of the oldest in Spain
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