It is situated to the southwest of Frías, the village of which it is a hamlet, in one of the most charming spots in the region, close to the Llana and Pancorbo mountain ranges. Although the written references about Tobera date back to the beginning of the 11th century, when Gómez Díaz ceded the town of Oña to Count Don Sancho in exchange for this place, with its houses, lands, mills... An old Roman road linking La Bureba with Orduña passed through the gorge forged by the river Molinar. The waterfalls of the river, in its flow between the rocks, have been used since ancient times. In the 12th century, according to ancestral books, there was a paper factory, which could be one of the oldest in Spain. In the 13th century, wool and linen were produced on the banks of the river. To this day, the waters of the river still feed a small power station. In the 15th century it became a district of Frias and centuries later, the Census of Floridablanca of 1787 still considers it as such a district, with jurisdiction of lordship exercised by the Duke of Frias. Today it forms part of the town hall of Frias, in the judicial district of Briviesca.
The village of Tobera is crossed by the river Molinar which gives it an unparalleled scenic attraction. In the gorge, between a forest of gall oaks, there are some beautiful waterfalls originated by its waters flowing between the rocks and falling from the top, besides you can still appreciate some worn stones of the Roman road that passed through here. As if to enlarge such a placid and beautiful corner even more, a small Roman-Medieval bridge saves the waters of the Molinar to bring the visitor closer to the Romanesque hermitage of Our Lady of the Sickle, built in the 13th century possibly on top of another previous temple, and to the Sanctuary of Cristo de los Remedios, which is rather a typical Baroque humilladero from the 18th century that keeps a carving of the same period of Cristo Auxiliador, visible from the outside through a fence that at its feet has the skin of a large snake. A quiet and comfortable walk takes you through this magical enclave and allows you to enjoy it from strategic viewpoints located for this purpose.
Tobera opens the doors of the hermitage of Our Lady of the Sickle in July to welcome the pilgrims of the toberilla.
In the Middle Ages, according to tradition, pilgrims coming from Portillo de Busto to the main road to Santiago spent the night resting in the church of Our Lady of the Sickle and its balcony portico.
The Molinar river that divides the village into two neighbourhoods, and that reaches it after passing through the high walls of the gorge as an outlet pipe through which it lets its precious liquid flow, gives its name to the village, Tobera, at the same time that its own seems to come from the number of mills that supplied its waters.
Legend has it that the tuff, stones made of calcium carbonate deposited in the water and from which the hermitage of Our Lady of the Sickle is built, are princesses who preferred to become stones before being forced by villains.
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Tobera is located on the BU-504 which, from the N-232 on its way through Busto de Bureba, goes as far as Frias, passing through the Molinar gorge and the city of Tobera itself. This same road, but in the opposite direction, connects the locality, not only with neighbouring Frías, but also with the road from Miranda de Ebro that goes up the river Ebro to Trespaderme.
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