It is located in the valley of the river Leza, at the entrance to the canyon that the river has formed between Soto en Cameros and Leza de Río Leza, extending on both sides of the river Leza. The municipality is formed by Soto himself in Cameros, in the valley, and at the top the nucleus of Trevijano and the uninhabited of Luezas, although it has some rehabilitated houses, and Treguajantes. There are traces of population settlements since Prehistory, witnessed by the dolmens that can be seen in the area. The Celts also settled here and the Romans left their mark, memory of it are the remains of roads that can still be enjoyed today. With the Muslims it was frontier territory against the Christian kingdoms. King Sancho Garcés I incorporated it into the kingdom of Pamplona, but the first written document in which it appears dates from 1937, when Don Gonzalo Fernández sold a house in Soto to Jimeno.
It belonged to the lordship of the Count of Aguilar since King Henry II of Trastamara granted it in 1366, and its descendants maintained it until the abolition of the lordships in 1812. In the 16th century Soto en Cameros saw how its inhabitants emigrated to the new world in search of honours and wealth. It formed part of the province of Soria, until in 1833 the province of Logroño was created. During the War of Independence it was the seat of the Junta de Rioja, from where the fight against the Napoleonic occupation was tried to be articulated. Today and after decades of rural abandonment, Soto en Cameros, a mountain village, resurfaces thanks to traditional economic activities and tourism.
Settled, the oldest area of Soto in Cameros, on the hill that encases the Hayedo ravine, the bridge built in the sixteenth century, and that crosses the river Leza, joins it with its more current area ... Crossing the bridge you arrive at the schools, in the main square, a building built in the 19th century and which today houses the Town Hall. The parish church of San Esteban Protomártir, baroque from the 17th and 18th centuries, watches over the village from the upper part. The current hermitage of Nuestra Señora del Cortijo is located at the top of the hill where the town is located, its first construction dates back to the Middle Ages.
The coats of arms that blazon the façades of houses and palaces, such as that of the Marquis of Vallejo, show the stately past of the village in which you can still appreciate the ruins of the hermitages that marked the land, such as San Martín, San Antón or San Babilés. Next to the remains of the hermitage of El Campo is La Nevera del Campo, built in the late sixteenth century and restored not long ago, this old refrigerator seems to be the best preserved in La Rioja. The old San José hospital, now a hostel, is located at the entrance to the town and was built in the 18th century. It was also a school designed to train workers in the abundant textile industries existing in the area. Since Soto en Cameros is a beautiful mountain village, with a rugged relief, it is ideal for the relaxation and enjoyment of hiking and mountain lovers.
Soto en Cameros celebrates on August 3rd the feast of its patron saint San Esteban and on September 8th the celebration is in honour of the Virgen del Cortijo. The festivities are usually held in the weekend before or after that day when they do not coincide on Saturday or Sunday.
In Soto en Cameros the tradition of Enrame is kept alive. An event in which, at dawn of the big day of the August and September festivities and after spending the whole night of celebration, a branch of poplar is placed in the door of each house. Formerly the branches were placed in the houses where there was a girl of deserving age. The next morning, the young men gathered in the square to go to the sound of dianas and parades, to the houses where the girls waited for them to give them a collation with which they enjoyed after a good lunch.
Dinosaur lovers can enjoy visiting the two Ignitas sites in Soto en Cameros, one located at the beginning of the canyon and the other on the way to Zenzano.
There is a legend, very popular in the area, that while the Apostle Santiago was battling against the Moors, his horse stumbled upon a stone from the hermitage of the Virgen del Pópulo, in the village of Trevijano, and that from the rock where he knelt two jets of water flowed, the fountains of the Restauro.
To get to Soto in Cameros we have to follow the LR-250, either from Logroño, passing through Villamediana de Iregua and Ribafrecha or in the opposite direction from the different options we have to access it from the N-111 that communicates Logroño and Soria.
Soto en Cameros has a bus service that connects it with Logroño on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
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