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Did you know that... Briviesca

 

It is located in the northeast of the province of Burgos, in a valley between the mountains of San José and Los Pinos and irrigated by the river Oca opens to the extensive plain of La Bureba. The autrigones settled in the place around the 1st century BC. Briviesca was already an important population centre in Roman times. It is mentioned for the first time in documents of Pliny the Elder, in the first century of our era, in them the quotation with the name of Virovesca. Whether it was Muslim or not is known for sure, what we do know is that Briviesca had another, more defensive, site on the slopes of the nearby mountains and that its current location and urban layout, the "well laid out", is due to Doña Blanca de Portugal, granddaughter of Alfonso X the Wise, when he bought the town in the early fourteenth century.

Briviesca

A little more history

 

The 16th century brought to the village the first jurisdiction that Briviesca had and the fact that it was part of the possessions of the Velasco family. In this century the main religious monuments were built in Briviesca, and in the 17th century it was the civil constructions that took over and the best palaces and ancestral houses were built that are still preserved. Briviesca, although already being recognized as a city by the Visigoths, received from the hands of the Queen Regent Maria Cristina, in 1894 and as a reward for the increase of its population and its agricultural and commercial development, the title of City.

Palace of the Salamanca family, Briviesca

What to see in Briviesca?

 

Briviesca's Historical Quarter continues to show its orderly medieval layout whose streets cross the city's true nerve centre, the Plaza Mayor, with arcades on three sides and guarded by the palace of the Soto Guzmán, built in the 17th century, the current seat of the town hall, and the church of San Martín, which at the beginning of the 14th century already appeared as one of the three parishes of Briviesca although its façade is from the 16th century, and in the centre, uniting the whole, the Templete stands out, built in 1.909. In the visit to the Monumental Complex of Santa Clara made up of the church, monastery, ancestral house and hospital, all built in the sixteenth century and declared National Monument in 1931, we can admire the church, which houses the jewel of Briviesca, a beautiful altarpiece that is called the "El Escorial de los retablos" for its profusion of decoration, originality, carvings ...

 Ex-collegiate church of Santa Maria in Briviesca

To discover

 

The ex-collegiate church of Santa Maria, one of the oldest in Spain, was built by Doña Blanca de Portugal in the 14th century. In Medina street is the palace house of the Torre built in the second half of the seventeenth century. Also in this street you can admire the palace house of the Martínez España - Ordoño Rosales built in 1718 where the balcony that shows its façade is supported by angels in the corners and a mythological figure in the rococo taste on the entrance door. From the Plaza de Santa María you can see the magnificent lantern that gives light to the stairs of the house of the Salamanca family, whose original building only remains, making a corner, a stone cube that shows intact the coat of arms of the family. But to visit Briviesca is also to taste its traditional gastronomy, its caramelized almonds, its black puddings... Parks and walks surround the city allowing the visitor to enjoy the landscape of the fields of La Bureba. The walker can also follow one of the stages of the Way of Saint James  - Via de Bayona that passes through Briviesca.

Shield emblazoned in Briviesca

Festivities

 

Briviesca celebrates its patron saint fiestas in honour of Nuestra Señora and San Roque on 15 and 16 August. It also celebrates Santa Casilda on 9 May. The Feria de los ajos (Garlic Fair) in Santiago is on 25 July, and garlic is an unavoidable protagonist. On the Thursday before the carnival in Briviesca the choricillo or Jueves de todos is celebrated, in which they gather to eat pork sausage. And on the 18th of December, feast day of the Virgen de la Esperanza (Virgin of Hope), the festival is for the children, on the day of the O, they go out in procession with candles and singing coplas.

 

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Traditions

 

La rogativa de la Tabera, a festival of regional tourist interest, is held on the Tuesday before Ascension Thursday. Having its origin in the prayers for the prosperity of the city and the fertility of the fields, at present the festival takes place from the morning in the Sanctuary of Santa Casilda until where people have gone on pilgrimage and where, after enjoying a picnic, a gift from the town council, the game that gives the name to the festival begins. It consists of throwing a taba, here participate those who play and those who bet on the position in which the taba is going to fall. Back in Briviesca, the establishments and clubs of the city have placed tables where you can continue playing until well into the night.

 

Curiosities

 

In the Courts held in Briviesca in November of 1.387 and by decision of King Juan I of Castile it was decided to grant the title of Prince of Asturias to the heir of the Crown of Castile. Title that continues to carry implicitly the heir to the Spanish Crown.

Church of San Martín in Briviesca

The Legend

 

The Sanctuary of Santa Casilda, patron saint of Briviesca, is located on a rocky mountain in the middle of a beautiful landscape. The sanctuary itself, the chapel, the cave of San Vicente, as well as the fields of the sanctuary and the black and white wells, the wells of San Vicente, which are said to have curative properties because according to legend, the Moorish princess Casilda travelled here and, living in Toledo, secretly dedicated herself to helping and bringing food to the Christian prisoners of her father. He was suspicious of his beloved daughter's chores and one day he asked her what she was wearing on her apron. Casilda replied that she was wearing flowers and, opening it, she showed him the apron with such a flowery content that the king was satisfied. One day the princess fell ill and not even the best doctors could heal her. To the ears of the king came the existence in Christian lands of some wells whose waters were healing and after much weighing and seeing that the illness of his beloved daughter did not remit agreed to travel to bathe in its waters. Casilda bathed and her health recovered and then she knew that it was in this place where she wanted to live and together with other nuns she founded the primitive hermitage. The wells are still attributed healing and fertility properties.

 

 

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Get to Briviesca by car

 

Briviesca can be reached via the N-1 that connects it with Burgos and Miranda de Ebro. Briviesca is also reached by other local roads that connect it with Belorado, Poza de la Sal and Oña among others.

 

By bus

 

Briviesca has two bus stops, the main one located on Avenida Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente and the other located on Avenida Alberto Alcocer. They are served by regular bus services that communicate daily with Irún, San Sebastián, Vitoria or Madrid, with Burgos and Logroño as well as with the towns of Oña, Poza de la Sal and Frías. There is also an on-demand transport service for smaller towns.

 

By train

 

Briviesca has a railway station where trains stop and daily connect it with Miranda de Ebro, Zaragoza and Vitoria, Valladolid, Burgos and Madrid, with Hendaya and with La Coruña, or Vitoria, San Sebastián and Irún.

 

 

 


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List of Routes
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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.
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 IN FAMILY NATURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Low

1:00 h.4 km.

Walk of the Oca
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 2. Short walks, with little slope and without difficulties.
IN FAMILY CULTURAL HERITAGE NATURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Low

0:30 h.1.5 km.

Walk of the Molinar
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 2. Short walks, with little slope and without difficulties.
MOUNTAIN CULTURAL HERITAGE NATURAL HERITAGE
2
Difficulty-Moderate

3:10 h.10.4 km.

Gorge of the Purón River
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding courses, either because they are longer, more uneven or have a specific difficulty.
TOURISM
0
Difficulty-Low

96:00 h.393 km.

Route through the charming villages of Burgos
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 2. Short walks, with little slope and without difficulties.
The Salt Flats of Poza de la Sal
Poza de la Sal, Burgos
The Salt Flats of Poza de la Sal
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

Atapuerca Archaeological Site
Atapuerca, Burgos
Atapuerca Archaeological Site

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

Natural Park of Valderejo
Lalastra, Álava - Araba
Natural Park of Valderejo

It is the smallest of the natural parks of Alava.

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

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

Salted Valley of Añana
Salinas de Añana, Álava - Araba
 Salted Valley of Añana

Landscape with thousands of years of history

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

An emblematic place where devotion and tradition come together

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

Also known as the Monastery of Light

Monastery of Suso
San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja
Monastery of Suso

Cradle of the Castilian and pantheon of the seven Castilian heroes

Wine Culture Museum
Briones, La Rioja
Wine Culture Museum

Where the universe of wine becomes visible

Monastery of Yuso
San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja
Monastery of Yuso
Monastery of Santa María de Rioseco
Manzanedo, Burgos
Monastery of Santa María de Rioseco

One of the most beautiful ruins of Merindades

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
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