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Did you know that... Berceo

 

It is located in the lower part of the Sierra de La Demanda, in the so-called Valle de San Millán or Cárdenas, between the rivers Cárdenas and Tuerto. The possible Celtic origin of the name Berceo makes us think of a settlement of these settlers in this place, and who were romanized in the first century BC. Although the first document that speaks about the existence of Berceo is from the VII century, when San Braulio, in his work "Vida de San Millán" cites Berceo as his birthplace, in the Hispano-Roman period.

Berceo Town Hall

A little more history

 

The proximity to the monastery and the importance it had, from 940 onwards and with the support of the kings of Navarre, makes us think that it belonged to it even before other population centres and neighbourhoods were created in its surroundings. In the current "Barrio de Abajo" of Berceo, the town of Madriz was founded in the 10th century, in which the notable people of the time lived and in which even the king had a palace, and Berceo became dependent on this town until the 15th century when the two towns merged and the name of Berceo prevailed.

 

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What to see in Berceo?

 

In the village we can admire its parish church, dedicated to Santa Eulalia de Mérida, neoclassical, built in 1886 thanks to the donations of a son of the village, Don Domingo Peña Villarejo. The Town Hall building and old schools were built on the same dates and also by the same benefactor as the parish church. The old wash-house has recently been restored and is still in use. The obligatory visit to the monasteries surrounding the village, as well as its nearby hiking trails complete its attraction.

Church of Santa Eulalia de Mérida in Berceo

To discover

 

The landscape that Berceo offers us, in all its surroundings, delights our sight giving us a wide palette of colours. If we also walk through its mountains of beeches, oaks, holm oaks, pines and some specimens of yews, hollies, junipers, poplars, maguillos ... we can enjoy collecting mushrooms and edible mushrooms or supply our medicine cabinet with medicinal and aromatic plants such as tea, chamomile, lavender, oregano and thyme among others.

 

Festivities

 

The main festivities of Berceo take place on the first Sunday in October, Our Lady of the Rosary, and on the second Sunday, La Octava, which evokes San Millán. Thanksgiving for the harvests is celebrated on September 16, coinciding with the date of commemoration of the consecration to the cult of the parish church. The town's patron saint, Santa Eulalia, is honoured on 10 December and on 12 November the fiesta in honour of San Millán is celebrated.

Big House in Berceo

Traditions

 

In its main celebrations, after the mass, the images of Our Lady of the Rosary and that of San Millán are carried in procession through the streets of the village, accompanied by the dancers, dancing the traditional ones: "El Saludo, "El Frente y Costao", "El Bailao", "La Larga", "La Cadena", "La Cascabelada" and "El Agudo". In the afternoon the classic Rosario is sung in the streets.

 

Curiosities

 

On the third Sunday in May there is a pilgrimage to the Monastery of Valvanera, Patron Saint of La Rioja.

 

The Legend

 

Legend has it that Saint Eulalia of Merida in her martyrdom to defend Christianity before the decree of Emperor Diocletian, in which she commanded that everyone had to offer incense and venerate the gods, the executioners put torches lit everywhere on her broken body. These raised great flames of fire that the girl swallowed through her mouth, and from this, in her last breath, a dove came out and ascended to heaven. Gonzalo de Berceo, first Spanish poet, in the Poem of Santa Oria, cloistered nun in the Monastery of Suso, tells us how Santa Eulalia takes Oria to Heaven as the main guide. Berceo gives a dove to each of the virgins that accompany Oria, and makes Santa Eulalia give her hers so that it rises directly to heaven.

 

 

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Getting to Berceo by car

 

From Nájera we arrive at Berceo following the LR-205, through Badarán and Cárdenas on one side and from the nearby San Millán de la Cogolla on the other. By the LR-206 Berceo also communicates with the A-12 at Azofra. This road is joined, in Villar de Torre, the LR-204, which comes from Santo Domingo de la Calzada through Cirueña.

 

By bus

 

There is a daily bus service that connects you with Logroño.

 

 

 


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List of Routes
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  • First name
  • Difficulty
  • Distance
  • Duration
  • Assessment
WAY OF SAINT JAMES CULTURAL HERITAGE
0
Difficulty-Medium

3:30 h.14.1 km.

Stage 08c Way of the Monasteries
Difficulty-MediumGreen difficulty category, level 3. Stages of moderate distance and slope, not overcoming great distances or slopes.
PATHS IN FAMILY CULTURAL HERITAGE
2
Difficulty-Low

0:50 h.2.9 km.

Paths of Suso
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category. Level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
PATHS CULTURAL HERITAGE
2
Difficulty-Low

2:30 h.8 km.

Road from San Millán to Villar de Torre
Difficulty-LowGreen Difficult Category. Level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
FLORA AND FAUNA IN FAMILY NATURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Low

1:30 h.3.6 km.

Path of the Jump of the Water
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category. Level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
PATHS IN FAMILY CULTURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Low

0:45 h.2 km.

The Cave of the Saint
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category. Level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
WAY OF SAINT JAMES CULTURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Medium

3:50 h.16.2 km.

Stage 08b Variant of San Millán de la Cogolla
Difficulty-MediumGreen difficulty category. Level 3. Stages of moderate distance and slope, not overcoming great distances or slopes.
TOURISM
1
Difficulty-Adapted

6:30 h.109 km.

Route of the Monasteries of La Rioja Alta
Difficulty-AdaptedGreen difficulty category, level 1. Routes conditioned and prepared for the use and enjoyment of persons with reduced mobility.
Monastery of Yuso
San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja
Monastery of Yuso
Monastery of Suso
San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja
Monastery of Suso

Cradle of the Castilian and pantheon of the seven Castilian heroes

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

Also known as the Monastery of Light

Monastery of Valvanera
Anguiano, La Rioja
Monastery of Valvanera

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

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

Caves of Ortigosa
Ortigosa de Cameros, La Rioja
Caves of Ortigosa

A museum where nature exhibits its power and art

Wine Culture Museum
Briones, La Rioja
Wine Culture Museum

Where the universe of wine becomes visible

Estate of Ribavellosa
Almarza de Cameros, La Rioja
Estate of Ribavellosa

Where numerous and varied ecosystems coexist

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

An emblematic place where devotion and tradition come together

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

Village of La Hoya
Laguardia, Álava - Araba
Village of La Hoya

Traveling to pre-Roman protohistory

Castle of Clavijo
Clavijo, La Rioja
Castle of Clavijo

History, legends and traditions

House of Sciences
Logroño, La Rioja
House of Sciences

Centenary of the industrial heritage building of Logroño

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