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Did you know that... Ezcaray

 

It is located to the southwest of the community, in the upper part of the Oja valley, surrounded by high mountains. Although remains from the Palaeolithic and Neolithic periods as well as Roman settlements have been found in the vicinity of Ezcaray, its origin may be due to Basque settlers, as some authors situate the Autrigones as settlers of the highlands of the Oja valley. Their own name comes from the Euskera, Haitz-Garai, which means high rock, for the rock of about 200 m that rises to the entrance of the valley, La Picota de San Torcuato.

The Picota of San Torcuato and Ezcaray

A bit of history

 

The first documented mention of Ezcaray dates from the 12th century. King Ferdinand IV granted it the Fuero del Valle de Ezcaray in 1312, by which its inhabitants were exempted from paying taxes or the porting of livestock and goods, but it also allowed to give refuge and asylum to the crooks who arrived in the valley, in order to repopulate it. Only Ezcaray had the power to judge them. The jurisdiction was confirmed by the Catholic Monarchs, but they annulled the malefactors. In this text already appears the denomination of Valdezcaray. In the XVII-XVIII centuries the textile industry had an important boom, with the creation of the Real Fábrica de Paños de Santa Bárbara, as well as livestock and mining, with a number of forges and thus giving rise to the existence of the old railway line, now converted into a greenway, with its station. After the War of Independence, in the nineteenth century, came a slight decline overcome today by far thanks to both its furniture industry and armchairs, as a proliferating tourism.

 

What to see in Ezcaray?

 

Ezcaray has a town centre with porticoed squares, arcades and well preserved palaces, as well as popular architecture and beautiful corners. The Real Fábrica de Paños (Royal Cloth Factory) from the 18th century, today the seat of the town hall, is also among its important civil monuments.

Church of Santa María la Mayor in Ezcaray

To discover

 

The hermitages of the Virgen de Allende and the Santa Barbara, as well as the palaces of Barroeta and Ángel, both from the 18th century, should also be highlighted. Above all, the church of Santa María la Mayor, built between the 12th and 16th centuries in a unique Aragonese Gothic style in La Rioja, looks like a fortress palace due to its cylindrical buttresses that reinforce its angles and also has a beautiful balcony. In Ezcaray you can also enjoy nature and the mountains along the GR 93 and the high Iberian valleys along the GR 190, strolling along the Oja Greenway, enjoying the peaks of the Sierra de La Demanda or skiing.

The mountain and Ezcaray, in the background San Lorenzo

Festivities

 

The 10th of August, festivities of San Lorenzo, patron saint of the town. They are celebrated throughout the week with different activities, one of the most classic being the pilgrimage that takes place on the day of the Saint to the mountain that bears his name where a mass is celebrated. The patron saint of Ezcaray is the Virgen de Allende and it is celebrated on 24 September. The most traditional festivities are those of Santa Bárbara, on Pentecost Monday in May, you go up to the hermitage which is located a short distance away and after the mass the women carry the image of the Saint in procession. On the 24th of June, San Juan, a pilgrimage is held to Cilbarrena, where the brotherhoods of the Saint draw lots for a lamb and distribute wine with soda.

Plaza de Ezcaray with its kiosk.

Traditions

 

A tradition of medieval origin is the distribution of Las Habas de San Benito, which recalls when the monks of the priory of Santa María de Ubaga, which was located near the now unpopulated village of Cilbarrena, distributed them between the poor of Ezcaray and the villages. Today, around 21 March, the confreres prepare large pots of beans to be offered to those who come to the village. Las Aleluyas, is another custom or tradition that is celebrated on Easter Sunday, in which the authorities after the mass, from the balcony of the church throw to the young people and children gathered in the square, candy and money.

 

Curiosities

 

Upper Oja is a natural region located in the northwestern area of the Iberian System, is part of an old Paleozoic massif called Sierra de La Demanda, whose name is given by a lawsuit filed by localities in the area for the use of their pastures.

 

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Getting to Ezcaray by car

 

Ezcaray can be reached by following the LR-111 from Santo Domingo de la Calzada or by this same road but from the neighbouring town of Burgalesa de Pradoluengo. The road LR-111, allows us to connect to the height of Haro with the AP-68. In Santo Domingo de la Calzada you will also find the N-120 and the A-12 dual carriageway between Logroño and Burgos.

 

By bus

 

Ezcaray has a daily bus service, which connects it with Stº Domingo de la Calzada and Logroño.

 

 

 


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Cristina Sanz
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Precioso rincón de La Rioja

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MOUNTAIN PATHS CULTURAL HERITAGE
2
Difficulty-Moderate

6:05 h.22.7 km.

GR 190 Section 1 Ezcaray-Valvanera
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding courses, either because they are longer, more uneven or have a specific difficulty.
PATHS CULTURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Medium

5:00 h.17.1 km.

GR 93 Section 1 Ezcaray-San Millán de la Cogolla
Difficulty-MediumGreen difficulty category. Level 3. Excursions of moderate distance and unevenness, not exceeding either great distances or unevenness.
MOUNTAIN SNOW
3
Difficulty-High

4:10 h.10.6 km.

Ascent to San Lorenzo, Cabeza Parda and La Cuña
Difficulty-HighCategory of difficulty red, level 3. Mountain routes in not very steep terrain, in which there are no major difficulties. They need sufficient experience and training for this type of terrain.
MOUNTAIN
1
Difficulty-Medium

1:50 h.4.5 km.

Ascent to San Lorenzo by Bogolrrucia
Difficulty-MediumGreen difficulty category, level 3. Excursions 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.
MOUNTAIN PATHS CULTURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Moderate

4:15 h.16.1 km.

GR 190 Section 2 Valvanera-Viniegra de Abajo
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding courses, either because they are longer, more uneven or have a specific difficulty.
PATHS
1
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.
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.
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
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

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 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

Castle of Davalillo
San Asensio, La Rioja
Castle of Davalillo

Nice viewpoint of La Rioja Alta and Sonsierra

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

An emblematic place where devotion and tradition come together

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

Where numerous and varied ecosystems coexist

Hermitage of Saint Mary of the Pool
San Vicente de la Sonsierra, La Rioja
Hermitage of Saint Mary of the Pool
Atapuerca Archaeological Site
Atapuerca, Burgos
Atapuerca Archaeological Site

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

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

Traveling to pre-Roman protohistory

Monastery of San Pedro de Arlanza
Hortigüela, Burgos
Monastery of San Pedro de Arlanza
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