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Did you know that... Matute

 

Located southwest of La Rioja and bathed by three rivers, the Najerilla, the Tobía and its river exclusively the Rigüelos or Matute, is part of the gateway to the Sierra Riojana. Although Matute was first mentioned in the 11th century as one of Sancho el Mayor's donations to San Millán, there are several archaeological testimonies in the surrounding mountainous areas. Remains that speak of a Celtic settlement and also of a Roman settlement, as well as of the Visigothic and Muslim periods.

Palace of Matute

A little more history

 

The origin of its name etymologically speaking is not very true but it seems to be related to its geographical location, from the Latin Magis tutum, "safer". Matute, in the eighteenth century had a School of Grammar and Latinity and in the nineteenth century had a School of First Letters, the two created respectively by the indiano Ruidíaz and the also indiano García Monasterio. It was the prolific cradle of Teachers and Graduates.

 

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What to see in Matute?

 

In Matute, in the main square, we have the mansion-palace known familiarly as de Villegas, the Town Hall and a sixteenth century building, attached to the north side of the church, which has had different uses since its construction, house of the parish priest, possibly in its origins, Grammar School, City Hall ...​

Church of San Román in Matute

To discover

 

The Calle de Los Marqueses, with several buildings with their corresponding coats of arms, the hermitage of La Concepción, the Parish Church and of course the hermitage of San Quirico, although the latter is located at the top of Mount San Quiles, also deserve our attention. Matute, which is at the mid-point of the GR93 on its way from San Millán to Anguiano, also has walks of between two and five kilometres roundtrip.

 

Festivities

 

The patron saint fiestas are on 16 and 17 June, in honour of San Quirico and Santa Julita. The Fiesta de Gracias, which is celebrated on the last weekend in August, although initially it was 11 September. On 18 November San Román is celebrated, which is the titleholder of the parish church.

 

Traditions

 

On 15 June, the eve of San Quirico, a pilgrimage goes up to the hermitage of his name, carrying the saint, who is in the parish during the year, in a saddlebag to see his mother, there the town hall invites coffee after lunch, in remembrance of other times when this product was difficult to obtain. In the past, the image of the saint was carried up to the hermitage on the shoulders of the authorities and preceded by eight dancers and a cachibirrio who played his couplets.

Sculpture by Esteban Manuel de Villegas in Matute

Curiosities

 

Matute has a flora and fauna very varied and rich in species, impressive beeches, oaks, holm oaks, pines, white willows, are among others within its trees and mixing with many aromatic plants such as oregano, thyme, etc.. Its fauna ranges from roe deer and deer, through golden eagles, peregrine falcons, highlighting a colony of griffon vultures with nests in the area of Peñalva and the desman of the Pyrenees, insectivorous mammal in danger of extinction on the peninsula.

 

The Legend

 

San Quirico, San Quirico,

that you're on top of the mountain,

no matter how much the river thrives

your feet won't get wet.

 

 

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Get to Matute by car

 

Access to the town of Matute, 16 km from Nájera, is via the local road LR-432 from Bobadilla to Tobía. Following the LR-113 that joins the towns of Nájera and Salas de los Infantes, we arrive at Bobadilla, where there is a detour that leads us to Matute. The unmistakable silhouette of the Peñas de Matute and Tobía serves as a reference, once we have taken the detour, crossing part of the Ruta de los Monasterios (Route of the Monasteries), we will have to leave this road to turn, heading towards these rocks where Matute is located at its base.

 

By bus

 

The daily bus service, which connects the localities of the region with Nájera, also has a stop in Matute.

 

 

 


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List of Routes
  • Closeness
  • First name
  • Difficulty
  • Distance
  • Duration
  • Assessment
MOUNTAIN PATHS
1
Difficulty-Moderate

4:05 h.12.2 km.

Route of Saint Quiles
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding routes, either because they are longer, with greater slope or present some specific difficulty.
FLORA AND FAUNA IN FAMILY NATURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Low

1:30 h.3.6 km.

Path of the Jump of the Water
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category. Level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
PATHS CULTURAL HERITAGE
2
Difficulty-Remarkable

6:05 h.19.8 km.

Route of Three Villas
Difficulty-RemarkableRed difficulty category, level 2. Routes with great slopes or important distances, which require good physical preparation.
FLORA AND FAUNA IN FAMILY
2
Difficulty-Low

0:40 h.2.8 km.

Path of the Chestnut tree of La Nisia
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 2. Short routes, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
FLORA AND FAUNA PATHS
2
Difficulty-Moderate

2:30 h.9.4 km.

Trail The Holm oaks
Difficulty-Moderate
PATHS CULTURAL HERITAGE
2
Difficulty-Moderate

5:00 h.14.5 km.

Link GR 93 GR 190 Anguiano-Valvanera
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding routes, either because they are longer, with greater unevenness or present some specific difficulty.
PATHS NATURAL HERITAGE
3
Difficulty-Moderate

4:25 h.14.8 km.

Route of Rocks
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding routes, either because they are longer, with greater slope or present some specific difficulty.
PATHS
1
Difficulty-Moderate

4:50 h.16.4 km.

Route of Roñas
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding routes, either because they are longer, with greater slope or present some specific difficulty.
PATHS IN FAMILY
1
Difficulty-Low

0:35 h.2.4 km.

Walk of Acera
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
FLORA AND FAUNA PATHS
0
Difficulty-Moderate

5:10 h.15.8 km.

Route of the Serradero
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding routes, either because they are longer, with greater slope or present some specific difficulty.
PATHS
1
Difficulty-Moderate

5:45 h.21.2 km.

GR 93 Section 2 San Millán de la Cogolla-Anguiano
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category. Level 1. More demanding routes, either because they are longer, with a greater unevenness or present a specific difficulty.
FLORA AND FAUNA PATHS IN FAMILY
2
Difficulty-Medium

2:45 h.9.4 km.

Route of The Rajao
Difficulty-MediumCategory of difficulty green, level 3. Excursions of moderate distance and level difference, not overcoming even large distances or slopes.
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