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Did you know that... Casalarreina

It is located in a region of great wine interest, northwest of La Rioja, on a plain irrigated by the river Oja. Naharruri is the name with which the current Casalarreina is mentioned in documents from the 12th century. At that time the López de Haro, to whom it belonged, donated it to the Abadía de Cañas which, centuries later, sold it to Haro, the monastery reserving the ownership of the lordship of the place.

Casalarreina

A little more history

In the last years of the 15th century, it could be that it was when it became known as the Queen's House. It was in 1671 when it became independent from Haro and with its current name, Casalarreina, it obtained the status of independent place and town. Later Pope Adriano VI, then still Adriano de Utrecht, who was in Castile trying to quell a revolt, was invited by the Bishop of Calahorra to attend the inauguration of the convent of the Dominican mothers of La Piedad.

What to see in Casalarreina?

Casalarreina has a rich architectural heritage, both civil and religious, the Dominican Convent of La Piedad, the parish church of San Martín, both from the 16th century, the set of noble palaces, among which the Palace de los Condestables, the Palace de Pobes and the Palace del Marqués del Puerto stand out.

Convent of La Piedad in Casalarreina

To discover

The Romanesque hermitage of San Román de Ajugarte should be mentioned, which must have been the parish church of an old medieval village and which today is privately owned. The bridge over the river Oja, which was initially made of wood in the 16th century, in the same location as the present one, which dates back to the 19th century and which was designed and built at the same time as the layout of the road that links Gimileo with Pancorbo. We can also rest and enjoy nature in its parks and gardens, walk along the banks of the river Oja and refresh ourselves with the shade provided by the groves of its recreational areas, or live the social atmosphere of its squares.

Festivities

In August is celebrated the day of the patron saint of the municipality, San Vítores. It is a festivity where the Queens of the festivities are proclaimed. San Juan, on the 24th of June, is one of the most important for the citizens of Casalarreina, and one of the most deeply rooted. At the end of September is celebrated the feast of the Virgen del Campo, who is the patron saint of the village. Another curious celebration is that of Santa Águeda, on the 5th of February, where the "mozos" who used to go to the military ask for and celebrate this Saint.

Bridge over the river Oja in Casalarreina

Traditions

El Soto is a communal mountain where, since time immemorial, the residents of the town of Casalarreina had the right to plant as many trees as they wanted provided they did not harm others. A shepherd guard was in charge of the working cattle of the neighbours who grazed on the mountain and controlled the cutting of trees. In the recreational area of La Fuente Pobes a picnic is celebrated on the day of San Juan, June 24th.

Curiosities

There is a belief, not confirmed historically, that after residing Queen Juana I of Castile (Juana La Loca), in the Palace of Los Condes Fernández de Velasco, ordered to change the name of Naharruri, to the current name of Casalarreina, but there is no documentary evidence to support it, so it is not known for sure the origin of its current place name.

The Legend

It seems that in ancient times the municipality was known by the name of "ojoculo", although it does not appear in official documents and the origin of this name is unknown. The origin of "ojoculo" seems to be a popular legend, since the valley of the river Oja was called "oxo xulo" ("beautiful valley"), from where it derived "ojoculo".

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Get to Casalarreina by car

Casalarreina is reached following the N-126 from the nearby town of Haro, on this same road is the toll access to the AP-68 motorway. We can also arrive by the N-232 between Logroño and Pancorbo, in addition the LR-111 joins it with Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Ezcaray, the LR-311 joins it with Zarratón and the LR-310 with Cihuri.

By bus

There are several daily bus lines with stop in Casalarreina that make the routes to Bilbao, Vitoria, Logroño, Santander or Burgos.

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List of Routes
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PATHS
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Difficulty-Low

3:15 h.12.7 km.

Greenway of the Oja. Section 1 Casalarreina-Stº Domingo de la Calzada
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
PATHS CULTURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Moderate

3:35 h.13.8 km.

Green Route of the Oja Tirón
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding courses, either because they are longer, more uneven or have a specific difficulty.
TOURISM
1
Difficulty-Low

6:40 h.224 km.

Route of the Castles of La Rioja
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 2. Routes with little unevenness and without difficulties.
0
Difficulty-Medium

5:50 h.24.3 km.

Stage Briñas-Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Difficulty-MediumGreen difficulty category, level 3. Stages of moderate distance and unevenness, not overcoming either great distances or unevenness.
PATHS IN FAMILY
1
Difficulty-Low

3:35 h.14 km.

Greenway of the Oja. Section 2 Stº Domingo de la Calzada-Ezcaray
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category. Level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
TOURISM
0
Difficulty-Low

2:20 h.20.7 km.

The rupestrian Sonsierra necropolis and winepresses
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
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.
TOURISM
1
Difficulty-Low

72:00 h.412 km.

Route through the charming villages of La Rioja
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 3. Excursions of moderate distance and unevenness, not overcoming either great distances or unevenness.
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

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

Also known as the Monastery of Light

Fortress of Santa Engracia
Pancorbo, Burgos
Fortress of Santa Engracia
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

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 Yuso
San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja
Monastery of Yuso
Village of La Hoya
Laguardia, Álava - Araba
Village of La Hoya

Traveling to pre-Roman protohistory

Las Gobas Archaeological Site
Laño, Burgos
Las Gobas Archaeological Site
Salted Valley of Añana
Salinas de Añana, Álava - Araba
 Salted Valley of Añana

Landscape with thousands of years of history

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

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 Valvanera
Anguiano, La Rioja
Monastery of Valvanera

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

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