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Did you know that... San Millán de La Cogolla

 

It sits at the foot of the Sierra de La Demanda, on its northern periphery and on the banks of the river Cárdenas. The history of San Millán de la Cogolla begins when a shepherd called Emiliano or Millán retired to a cave, back in the sixth century, to make ascetic life, thus creating a eremitory. The first nucleus of population, of which documents are conserved, dates back to the year 1022, when in the heat of the monastery houses were built where the shepherds were housed.

San Millán de la Cogolla

A little more history

 

The village was called San Jorge, which means that the town was born under the protection of the monastery during the reign of Sancho el Mayor. A few years later, another neighbourhood called "Barrionuevo" was built, also with the support of the kings, closer to the monastery and which later became the current San Millán de La Cogolla. Until the 16th century, like the whole valley, it belonged to the jurisdiction of the monastery. Charles V gave it the status of a villa and later its inhabitants bought the right from Philip II to appoint their own leaders.

 

What to see in San Millán de La Cogolla?

 

When the shepherds of the monastery built their houses, they did it in a place where there was a church called San Jorge, then it was the parish church of the town until 1542, in it was the tomb of a disciple of San Millán, Santa Potamia.

San Millán de la Cogolla in the heart of Sierra de la Demanda

To discover

 

Today this hermitage is preserved at the entrance to the village, next to the river Cárdenas and is one of the oldest consecrated churches in La Rioja. But the true monumental group is made up of the Monastery of Suso (from above), which was the first to be built, and the Monastery of Yuso (from below), considered "El Escorial de La Rioja".

 

Festivities

 

The 26th of September La Traslación is celebrated, in commemoration of the transfer of the remains of San Millán. The 12th of November is the feast day of San Millán and the 17th of the same month the feast day of Santa Gertrudis, both patrons of the village.

 

Traditions

 

On Pentecost Sunday, a pilgrimage is made to the Monastery of Valvanera, patron saint of La Rioja, on foot through the mountains. On 15 June there is a pilgrimage in which only men take part, going on foot or on horseback to the Cueva del Santo, where they listen to mass on their knees. This tradition dates back to 1604, when they approached the Cave to ask for the Saint's help in curing a disease suffered by women.

Monastery of Yuso in San Millán de la Cogolla

Curiosities

 

In a document from the year 1199, in which privileges were granted to the monastery of San Millán de La Cogolla, it appears named as "Coculla" or "Cuculla" which means "Cerrillo or top of Monte".

 

The Legend

 

Legend has it that on the site, where the Monastery of Yuso is located today, the oxen that transported the mortal remains of San Millán to Nájera, by order of King García IV of Navarre, stopped and did not want to pass from there.

 

 

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Getting to San Millán de la Cogolla by car

 

San Millán de la Cogolla can be reached via the LR-331 from Bobadilla or following the LR-205 from the nearby town of Berceo, where the different access roads converge from the A-12 Camino dual carriageway and the N-120 between Logroño and Burgos, well signposted as "Ruta de los Monasterios" (Route of the Monasteries). We can arrive by the LR-206 from Azofra or Santo Domingo de la Calzada and from Nájera by the LR-113, which joins it with Salas de los Infantes, taking the detour of the LR-205 that will take us to Berceo and then to San Millán de la Cogolla.

 

By bus

 

It has intercity bus service every day.

 

 

 

 


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Stage 08c Way of the Monasteries

San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja

  • WAY OF SAINT JAMES
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3:30 h.14.1 km.

Stage 08c Way of the Monasteries
Difficulty-Moderate

Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category. Level 1. More demanding routes, either because they are longer, with a greater unevenness or present a specific difficulty.

GR 93 Section 2 San Millán de la Cogolla-Anguiano

San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja

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5:45 h.21.2 km.

GR 93 Section 2 San Millán de la Cogolla-Anguiano
Difficulty-Low

Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category. Level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.

Paths of Suso

San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja

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  • 2

0:50 h.2.9 km.

Paths of Suso
Difficulty-Low

Difficulty-LowGreen Difficult Category. Level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.

Road from San Millán to Villar de Torre

San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja

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2:30 h.8 km.

Road from San Millán to Villar de Torre
Difficulty-Low

Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category. Level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.

Path of the Jump of the Water

Matute, La Rioja

  • FLORA AND FAUNA
  • IN FAMILY
  • NATURAL HERITAGE
  • 1

1:30 h.3.6 km.

Path of the Jump of the Water
Difficulty-Low

Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category. Level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.

The Cave of the Saint

San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja

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0:45 h.2 km.

The Cave of the Saint
Difficulty-Moderate

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GR 93 Section 3 Anguiano-Ortigosa de Cameros

Anguiano, La Rioja

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4:55 h.17.4 km.

GR 93 Section 3 Anguiano-Ortigosa de Cameros
Difficulty-Medium

Difficulty-MediumGreen difficulty category. Level 3. Excursions of moderate distance and unevenness, not exceeding either great distances or unevenness.

GR 93 Section 1 Ezcaray-San Millán de la Cogolla

Ezcaray, La Rioja

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5:00 h.17.1 km.

GR 93 Section 1 Ezcaray-San Millán de la Cogolla
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Ascent to San Lorenzo, Cabeza Parda and La Cuña

Ezcaray, La Rioja

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4:10 h.10.6 km.

Ascent to San Lorenzo, Cabeza Parda and La Cuña
Difficulty-Moderate

Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding courses, either because they are longer, more uneven or have a specific difficulty.

GR 190 Section 1 Ezcaray-Valvanera

Ezcaray, La Rioja

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6:05 h.22.7 km.

GR 190 Section 1 Ezcaray-Valvanera
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Stage 08b Variant of San Millán de la Cogolla

Nájera, La Rioja

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3:50 h.16.2 km.

Stage 08b Variant of San Millán de la Cogolla
Monastery of Yuso

Monastery of Yuso

San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja

The Escorial of La Rioja

Monastery of Suso

Monastery of Suso

San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja

Cradle of the Castilian and pantheon of the seven Castilian heroes

Monastery of Santa María del Salvador

Monastery of Santa María del Salvador

Cañas, La Rioja

Also known as the Monastery of Light

Monastery of Valvanera

Monastery of Valvanera

Anguiano, La Rioja

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

Monastery of Santa María la Real

Monastery of Santa María la Real

Nájera, La Rioja

Emblematic place that reflects the stages of history, art and culture of the area

Caves of Ortigosa

Caves of Ortigosa

Ortigosa de Cameros, La Rioja

A museum where nature exhibits its power and art

Estate of Ribavellosa

Estate of Ribavellosa

Almarza de Cameros, La Rioja

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Wine Culture Museum

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San Asensio, La Rioja

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Romanesque jewel from La Rioja

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Manganese mines whose exploitation is probably one of the oldest in Spain.

Hermitage of San Felices de Bilibio

Hermitage of San Felices de Bilibio

Haro, La Rioja

An emblematic place where devotion and tradition come together.

Village of La Hoya

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Laguardia, Álava - Araba

Traveling to pre-Roman protohistory

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Castle of Clavijo

Clavijo, La Rioja

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House of Sciences

House of Sciences

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