Nestled in the highland, in the Alto Najerilla area, it is irrigated by the waters of the river that gives it its name. Although the town has remains of prehistoric settlements in the upper part of the Peña Tobía, and remains of a Roman wall next to the cemetery, the first time it is named is in 1014, when King Sancho el Mayor donates the town of Colia to the Monastery of San Millán de la Cogolla, which was located between "Tubía" and Matute. Six years later, in 2020, the same monarch also ceded the Monastery of San Cristóbal de Tobía to the Monastery of San Millán.
In 1040 and as a wedding gift, King García el de Nájera, granted, among other towns, to his wife Doña Estefanía, the town of Tobía and almost a century later, Alfonso VII donated the church of Tobía to the Monastery of Santa María de Nájera. As a royal town it had an ordinary mayor, forming part of the province of Burgos until the creation of the province of Logroño by R.D. of 30 November 1833.
Tobía surprises us because in its surroundings we can make countless strolls and walks, observing and enjoying its forests of beeches, oak, rebounds, repopulated pines, birches and poplars. A whole varied forest mass that under the shelter of the Pancrudos allows us to see a singular fauna, as the northern treecreeper, the green lizard or the grey dormouse, as well as, protected by the grove, we will find the wild boar, the roe deer, the fox or the deer.
In the centre of the village is the parish church of Our Lady of the Angels. The wash-house is in perfect condition and the stone fountain has a square pylon with a square column from which two pipes emerge. Opposite the village, heading south, located in a kind of cave on the other side of the river Tobía and at the foot of the slope that leads to the Tobía Rock, is the Manantona Fountain, next to an old laundry at ground level and in its vicinity you can enjoy a nice recreational area. Also at the foot of the rock is the Oak of the Eleven.
On 21 July the Pilgrimage to the Monastery of Valvanera takes place. Thanksgiving festivities are held on the third weekend in August and the patron saint of Tobía, Santa Lucía, is celebrated with great devotion on 13 December.
During the Thanksgiving festivities, in August there is a traditional competition whose route is the ascent to the Oak of the Eleven. After a hard ascent up the slope leading to the oak, the winner obtains a prized ham as a trophy. The name "Roble de las Once" is given because at eleven o'clock in the morning the sun begins to shine on the highest branches. In this way, when threshing in the village's threshing floors, located opposite the oak tree, it was known when eleven o'clock in the morning was.
Located in the Tobia Valley there were two iron mines, the "river mine" and the "ash mine", from which you can still see the entrance to them. In Tobía there are also remains of an old iron foundry located in the place "la ferrería" as well as in "la fábrica" there are signs of an old sawmill.
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To get to Tobía, follow LR-432 which, after passing by Matute, reaches the village from LR-331, which joins the towns of Bobadilla and San Millán de la Cogolla.
Tobía has a bus service from Monday to Saturday that connects it with nearby towns and Logroño.
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