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Did you know that... Belorado

 

It is located to the east of the province of Burgos, close to La Rioja and at the foothills of the Sierra de la Demanda, at the foot of the Montes de Ayago, in the Montes de Oca region. The origins of Belorado (Bellumfori) are reflected in the existing Celtiberian and Roman archaeological sites, such as La Muela and La Mesa respectively. The first documents on Belorado date from 945, but it was not until 116, when Alfonso I El Batallador repopulated the town and gave it its own privileges, that its importance began to grow.

Main Square of Belorado

It had two different neighborhoods, that of the Jewish community in the neighborhood of Calle Nueva, the current Calle Mayor, which was located on both sides of the Río Verdeancho to the hermitage of Nuestra Señora de Belén, this would be the first time that the Christian authorities of the town took care that the Jews remained concentrated thus making it difficult to live with the Christian districts. The space reserved for the Mudejar group was located in the current Corro district, between the Torre del Homenaje (the castle) and the Puerta de la Caldera, the medieval door of Doña Blanca.

Church of San Pedro in Belorado

A little more history

 

Its apogee throughout the 13th century was especially boosted by Alfonso X the Wise who, during his stays in the town, made important donations to it. If the Kings strengthened the place in the Middle Ages, in the Modern Age Belorado belonged to the Lordship of the Condestables of Castile and in the village lived important noble families who stood out in expeditions to America, in the letters, and in the sciences.

 

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What to see in Belorado?

 

Belorado preserves the typical construction of villages born under the protection of a castle, with an irregular layout characteristic of its military origin. The main square of Belorado, with its porticoes, emblazoned houses and its central kiosk is the center of beliforana social life as well as having a great Jacobean atmosphere. Also in the Main Square is one of Belorado's two churches, that of San Pedro.

Hermitage of Our Lady of Bethlehem in Belorado

To discover

 

At the foot of the remains of the castle, located in a very steep enclave, we find the church of Santa María, formerly Santa María de la Capilla, as this was the chapel of the castle, was rebuilt in the sixteenth century, in the central altarpiece there is a Gothic carving of the Virgin of the Chapel. On the outskirts of the town we can see the hermitage of Nuestra Señora de Belén, which was once a pilgrims' hospital and the convent of Nuestra Señora de la Bretonera. In Belorado we can also enjoy its environmental heritage, walks, routes, caves and mines, as well as its archaeological sites of La Muela and La Mesa.​

 

Festivities

 

The patron saint fiestas of San Vítores are celebrated on 26 August, those of Gracias, the first week of September and on 25 January the patron saint, La Virgen de Belén, is celebrated.​

Church of Santa María in Belorado

Traditions

 

It is traditional to celebrate the entrance of March in the Main Square, where men from the village gather to sing. Their traditional dances contain enough elements to consider them a social fact. For at least four hundred years, dance has been part of the festive rituals of Belorado. The processional dance of Belorado is staged exclusively in the feasts of Gracias, the first weekend of September. The beliforanas dances are divided into two types: whistles and sticks or troqueaos.

 

Curiosities

 

His castle was the stronghold of El Cid, and was given to him as a wedding dowry of King Fernando I (first Castilian king), when he married Jimena.

 

The Legend

 

Under the ruins of the castle are located the remains of the caves that according to the legend served as a hermitage to San Caprasio and his fellow anchorites Saint Pia and Saint Valentine. The history of San Caprasio, associated with that of the Holy Faith, tells us that this saint, Bishop of Agen, in the last third of the 3rd century, hid in a cave during the persecution decreed by the Emperor Maximin. The example of the young Fe, bravely and openly facing martyrdom, made him abandon his hiding place, go to the place of martyrdom of the maiden and find the same glorious end as she.

 

 


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Getting to Belorado by car

 

We can reach Belorado by the N-120 that joins Logroño with Burgos and crosses the town. Also the BU-812 passes through the town communicating it, on one side with Pradoluengo and on the other with Cerezo del Río Tirón and Leiva among others.

 

By bus

 

There are daily bus services that stop in Belorado and cover the routes of Burgos-Logroño-Zaragoza and Pamplona-Logroño-Madrid.

 

 

 


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List of Routes
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WAY OF SAINT JAMES
1
Difficulty-Remarkable

6:55 h.29.9 km.

Stage 10 Belorado-Atapuerca
Difficulty-RemarkableRed difficulty category, level 2. Stages with large slopes or important distances, which require good physical preparation.
FLORA AND FAUNA PATHS
1
Difficulty-Medium

2:30 h.10.8 km.

Grassland of Puras de Villafranca
Difficulty-MediumGreen difficulty category, level 3. Excursions of moderate distance and unevenness, not overcoming either great distances or unevenness.
PATHS NATURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Moderate

3:10 h.9.2 km.

Gorge of the Oca - Route of the High Oca PRC-BU 55
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding courses, either because they are longer, more uneven or have a specific difficulty.
WAY OF SAINT JAMES
1
Difficulty-Medium

5:25 h.22.4 km.

Stage 09 Santo Domingo de la Calzada-Belorado
Difficulty-MediumGreen difficulty category. Level 3. Stages of moderate distance and slope, not overcoming great distances or slopes.
WAY OF SAINT JAMES
1
Difficulty-Medium

4:45 h.20.2 km.

Stage 11 Atapuerca-Burgos
Difficulty-MediumGreen difficulty category, level 3. Stages of moderate distance and slope, not overcoming great distances or slopes.
Puras de Villafranca Mining Complex
Puras de Villafranca, Burgos
Puras de Villafranca Mining Complex

Manganese mines whose exploitation is probably one of the oldest in Spain

Monastery of Suso
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Monastery of Suso

Cradle of the Castilian and pantheon of the seven Castilian heroes

Atapuerca Archaeological Site
Atapuerca, Burgos
Atapuerca Archaeological Site

Great encyclopedia of the evolution of man, natural treasure kept in time

Monastery of Santa María del Salvador
Cañas, La Rioja
Monastery of Santa María del Salvador

Also known as the Monastery of Light

Monastery of Yuso
San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja
Monastery of Yuso
Monastery of Valvanera
Anguiano, La Rioja
Monastery of Valvanera

Location of the Virgin of Valvanera, Patron Saint of La Rioja

Hermitage of San Felices de Bilibio
Haro, La Rioja
Hermitage of San Felices de Bilibio

An emblematic place where devotion and tradition come together

Wine Culture Museum
Briones, La Rioja
Wine Culture Museum

Where the universe of wine becomes visible

Monastery of Santa María la Real
Nájera, La Rioja
Monastery of Santa María la Real

Emblematic place that reflects the stages of history, art and culture of the area

The Salt Flats of Poza de la Sal
Poza de la Sal, Burgos
The Salt Flats of Poza de la Sal
Castle of Davalillo
San Asensio, La Rioja
Castle of Davalillo

Nice viewpoint of La Rioja Alta and Sonsierra

Hermitage of Saint Mary of the Pool
San Vicente de la Sonsierra, La Rioja
Hermitage of Saint Mary of the Pool
Salted Valley of Añana
Salinas de Añana, Álava - Araba
 Salted Valley of Añana

Landscape with thousands of years of history

Tower-Palace of the Varona family
Villanañe, Álava - Araba
Tower-Palace of the Varona family

According to historians, Alava's best-preserved fortified complex

Monastery of San Pedro de Arlanza
Hortigüela, Burgos
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