It is located in the northwest of the province of Soria, bordering Burgos and very close to La Rioja. It is part of the region of Pinares, in the heart of the most important conifer forest in Spain, in the heart of the Urbión mountain range. According to Neolithic remains, the area around Duruelo de la Sierra had already been inhabited before the Arevacos and the Pelendones, but it seems that the first historic centre of Duruelo de la Sierra dates from the 9th and 12th centuries, when the Mozarabs left their mark on the necropolis around the church, which also has two arches on its walls dating from the 10th century. Later Duruelo experienced a period of depopulation until in the thirteenth century and during the reign of Fernando III el Santo, the Council of Soria ordered the new repopulation, granting the residents who settled here, according to the Town Charter, rivers, pastures and inheritances. Duruelo formed part of the Royal Cabin of Carreteros and its inhabitants enjoyed a life without too many disturbances until the War of Independence came to the area, producing shortages and a decrease in population. Duruelo de la Sierra was also the scene of the Carlist Wars and its main protagonist was the Cura Merino who, with fifteen hundred infants and one hundred horses, recovered from his battles by guarding himself in the cave of Covagrande.
The beautiful village of Duruelo de la Sierra is surrounded by spectacular landscapes that have been turned into movie locations such as Castroviejo, where its large rocks have been carved into capricious shapes by the hand of nature, or the nearby Serena Cave, which can be reached through pleasant walks. Small trails where the visitor can enjoy a wonderful landscape, GRs that, running through paths, tracks, old roads and bridle paths, Roman roads, tracks ..., link villages while showing a good part of its geography. Duruelo de la Sierra shows in many of its buildings a typical construction of the region of Pinares, and of its historical echoes keeps memory its parish church of San Miguel Arcángel that agglutinates in its factory different periods, pre-Romanesque windows with horseshoe arch of Mozarabic style, of the 10th century, the vault of the section of the nave previous to the head, of the end of the 13th century or the tower that is concluded at the end of the 17th century, and that lodges in its interior a gothic image of the Santo Cristo de las Maravillas of the 14th-15th century. Around the church is the medieval Necropolis with nearly one hundred tombs among sarcophagi, slab tombs and others excavated in rock and dating from the ninth to the thirteenth century. Of the hermitages that Duruelo de la Sierra had, only Santa Marina remains.
Duruelo de la Sierra celebrates its main festivities in honour of the Santo Cristo de las Maravillas from the 14th to the 17th of September. On the 18th of July the popular and traditional pilgrimage of Santa Marina takes place and San Miguel Arcángel, patron saint of the village, is honoured on the 29th of September.
In Duruelo de la Sierra, the traditional way of managing forest resources, called the "luck of the pines", is still maintained the privilege of communal possession of the forest whose origin dates back to the " Cartas Puebla". According to this and from years immemorial, what is earned from the sale of the pines of the mountain is divided among the residents of the village.
In the municipality of Duruelo de la Sierra and forming part of the Natura 2000 Network are the Sites of Community Interest, SCIs, known as Riberas del Duero and tributaries, and Sierras de Urbión and Cebollera, as well as the Special Bird Protection Area known as Sierra de Urbión.
It is said that the village is called Duruelo, which could well be the diminutive of Duero, in allusion and homage to the newborn and still small great river Duero, which enters the village making it the first town in Soria to bathe in its waters.
To get to Duruelo de la Sierra we have to follow the CL-117 road that from Salas de los Infantes crosses the Sierra de Urbión from one end to the other, rejoining the N-234 in the town of Abejar, the national road that connects Soria with Burgos. In this same section of the national road we will find several accesses that also communicate with the CL-117. At the same time, from the northern side of the mountain range, there are two roads, one coming from Neila and the other from La Rioja, passing through Montenegro de Cameros and Vinuesa.
Duruelo de la Sierra has a bus stop that covers the route Soria-Burgos through Covaleda every day of the week, connecting it with all the villages on the route. The telephone number for further information is 975 222 060
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