It is located in the western part of the valley formed by the river Iregua, at the foot of the Sierra de Moncalvillo, at the beginning of the northern slopes. Although there are signs of settlements and population centers of remote times and that the place it occupies has been inhabited over time by different cultures, it is in the Middle Ages when there begins to be documents in which Sotés is mentioned. Alfonso VII cedes to the Monastery of Santa María La Real de Nájera, all the inheritances he owned in Sotés. In the eighteenth century, the king of Spain Fernando VI, gave it the title of Villa. Today it is a welcoming town in continuous transformation.
Sotés shows off its past by showing in its urban centre palaces that once belonged to illustrious sons of the town, such as that of the Marqués de Castelflorite y Conde de Garay, which today has been transformed into a wine cellar and pilgrim hostel, or the palace of the Alesón family, the latter dating from the 16th-17th centuries. In the Renaissance-style parish church of San Martín, there is a large portico with an equestrian statue of San Martín de Tours, patron saint of the parish, at the top. Inside, in a chapel dedicated to its name, is the 14th century image of the Virgen de los Remedios, patron saint of the town.
On the 24th of June the festivity of Saint John the Baptist, the patron saint of the town, is celebrated. Over three days there are different religious and recreational events. San Martín, 11 November, is also celebrated with three days of festivities. On 15 May, as in many rural villages, San Isidro Labrador is celebrated.
An ancient tradition is the burning of Judas. On Easter Sunday, after the mass, the people judge Judas, represented in a straw doll, and after reading the sentence he is burned.
There is in Sotés an association that in commemoration and with the name of, Juan José García Romero illustrious son of the village (1.696-1.764), founder of the schools, organizes at the end of July beginning of August, a cultural week with different recreational and cultural activities, as well as hiking marches in the surroundings.
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The LR-341 road connects, on the one hand, Sotés with Ventosa, as well as with the A-12 and, on the other, with Hornos de Moncalvillo and Daroca de Rioja. The LR-442 joins the locality with the A-12, the motorway of Way, between Logroño and Burgos, as well as with Navarrete.
Sotés has a bus service from Monday to Friday.
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Emblematic place that reflects the stages of history, art and culture of the area
Romanesque jewel from La Rioja
Cradle of the Castilian and pantheon of the seven Castilian heroes
Location of the Virgin of Valvanera, Patron Saint of La Rioja
An emblematic place where devotion and tradition come together
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