It is located on the side of the hill of La Muela, in the valley of the river Duero, in the centre of the province of Soria. In a place, where the population settlements are lost in the memory of the times, where Celtiberians, Romans and Visigoths left their mark, but later depopulated, Garray emerged when in the second half of the eleventh century the Alto Duero was repopulated. Although in the times of Sancho III el Mayor it was the southern limit of the kingdom of Pamplona it soon became part of the kingdom of Castilla. Towards the first half of the 13th century everything seems to indicate that Garray changed its first location on the hill to move to the plain. During the Middle Ages it belonged to the Community of Villa and Tierra de Soria. The sixteenth century was the one that most marked the town and in the following centuries Garray is almost always mentioned in connection with the closure of its bridge to protect the capital of Soria from events that could endanger the population, such as the plague of 1649, the War of Succession or the War of Independence. In the 19th century Garray became a constitutional municipality in the region of Castilla la Vieja. At the end of the 20th century the municipality of Garray grew as Canredondo de la Sierra, Chavaler, Dombellas and Tardesillas joined it.
The ruins of the ancient city of Numancia on the hill near Garray have given the town a great reason to be visited. But also worth seeing are the parish church of San Juan, built in the sixteenth century and possibly built over an earlier Romanesque church, of which the baptismal font and the semicircular doorway still remain and which preserves some Gothic elements in the main chapel; and the hermitage of the Mártires de Garray, which has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest and is an interesting example of the late Romanesque style in the province. The hermitage was originally dedicated to San Miguel and was later dedicated to the martyrs of the first centuries of Christianity, Santos Nereo, Aquileo, Domitila and Pancracio, whose relics were brought from Rome in the eighteenth century. A focal point in the history of Garray has always been its bridge over the Duero, with sixteen pointed arches, which was built in the sixteenth century over an earlier one.
Garray celebrates festivities on 12 May in honour of the Holy Martyrs of Garray and on 24 June it celebrates San Juan, with the summer festivities being held on the last weekend in July.
For some time now, and it has become a traditional event, the last Saturday of July is a theatrical representation of the episodes of the Numantine Wars, in which the culture, knowledge and experience of the Celtiberian past is revealed and in which the actors are the residents of Garray.
The Roman road that linked Asturica (Astorga) with Caesaraugusta (Zaragoza) passed through Garray, as well as the Celtiberian towns of Uxama and Numancia. At present and during the month of August, the Numantóbriga walking tour is organized, which covers the distance, in two days, between the towns of Muro and Garray and is completed with cultural activities, whose protagonists are the uses, knowledge and practices of the Celtiberian and Roman cultures, a photographic rally and a cultural gymkana.
It is said that San Prudencio went to Garray when he heard that the local priests were taking advantage of the absence of the men from the village who had come to fight against the Saracens under the banner of King Alfonso of Aragon, they were leading a life lacking in morals and in order to get them back on the right track, but failed in their attempt and furthermore they mocked him by selling him as food a meat that they called cow, pig and poultry and that when the saint before taking it blessed it these foods began to howl and bark. Then the prelates who accompanied San Prudencio, scandalized, cursed Garray who would be devastated by a plague of ticks.
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Garray can be reached by the N-111 road that connects it to Logroño on one side and to the city of Soria on the other. The SO-615 also reaches Garray, connecting it with Calahorra and Arnedo. Also from Garray we can reach Tardesillas, Fuentecantos and Velilla de la Sierra, among other towns, through local roads.
Garray has a bus service that covers the Garray-Soria route from Monday to Friday at different times. The bus stop is the marquee located at Ramón Benito Aceña street, nº 29.
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