It is located on the banks of the river Iregua in its upper-middle basin, on the slopes of Mount Serradero. Although the region of Cameros is known to have been inhabited since prehistoric times and that berones and pelendones settled there, Torrecilla en Cameros originated with the repopulation of the area that took place, during the 10th and 11th centuries, by Basque, Castilian and Navarrese people. The first document in which Torrecilla is mentioned is from the year 1066. In 1081, Prince Ramiro of Navarre donated it to the monastery of Santa María la Real de Nájera. At the end of the 12th century King Alfonso VIII granted privileges to the Villa de Torrecilla. During the reign of Charles I, the Brotherhood of the Thirteen Villages was founded.
During the Middle Ages Torrecilla en Cameros began a period of prosperity, which lasted over time thanks to the Mesta de los pastores and the cloth factories that, with the good wool of Merino sheep, was obtained. In the seventeenth century Torrecilla en Cameros was the headquarters of the Camerana Nobility and in the nineteenth century maintained a large industrial activity, cloth factories, paper, chocolate, flour mills, tahonas, dyes ... Torrecilla was part of the Province of Burgos until 1833, when the Province of Logroño was created.
Torrecilla en Cameros is a beautiful village that preserves in its urban area traditional masonry constructions with wooden roofs, and stately homes that speak of an illustrious past. Several fountains offer the quality and abundance of water that is enjoyed in these areas, Claudia fountain, Campillo fountain, the Plaza fountain, or the Canillas and San Miguel fountains, both on the road, are some of them. Each of the three neighbourhoods that make it up, Barruelo, San Martín and El Campillo, are home to a good number of monuments. The church of San Martín, which is the main church in the town and dates from the 15th and 16th centuries, is located in the centre of the neighbourhood that bears his name.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus, known in the village as El Santo, which was inaugurated in 1952, is located in the El Campillo neighbourhood, next to the 14th century San Antón hermitage, which was once the parish church of Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza. It is one of the highest areas of the village and from here you can see a beautiful view of the environment. The medieval bridge, with only one eye, that crosses the river Iregua and joins the district of San Martín with that of Barruelo where the figure, on top, of the Old Parish Church of Nuestra Señora de las Vegas, from the 16th century, keeps the masonry walls of two of the sections and the chancel standing. In this place today you can enjoy various cultural activities in summer. Very close to these beautiful ruins, we can also admire the hermitage of San Lázaro, or the small hermitage of San Andrés, also located above the district of Barruelo, with more than a thousand years of history and reminiscent of its Mozarabic origins.
Next to San Andrés, there is a path that leads to the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de Zigalares or Tómalos, the patron saint of Torrecilla, which is located on a hillock on the outskirts of the town, sharing the place with high-medieval tombs. The hermitage of San Pedro, which is reached by a path that starts from the portico of the hermitage of San Antón, is a Mozarabic temple from the late eleventh century, is in the middle of a bucolic place surrounded by mountains, which can be a good incentive for the nature lover to begin to enjoy another of the wonders that Torrecilla en Cameros offers us. Rewarding activities in nature, hiking trails, mountain walks, bird watching ... complete without doubt a more than interesting visit to such a unique village.
Torrecilla en Cameros celebrates its patron saint fiestas in honour of the Virgen de Tómalos on 8 September and San Marcos is celebrated on 25 April.
The residents of Torrecilla go to the hermitage of Nuestra Señora de Tómalos on the feast day of the patron saint of the village, San Marcos, on 25 April. Day in which the image of the Virgin is transferred in procession to the parish church of Torrecilla where it will remain until September 8, the day of its festivity, is returned, again in procession, to its hermitage.
For dozens of years, the second Saturday in August, is celebrated in Torrecilla in Cameros The Feast of Solidarity. Its aim is to raise money for a solidarity project chosen each year by the Torrecillanos from among those who propose different groups. To this end there are solidarity markets, performances, workshops, solidarity bingo, flashmob, popular stew, tastings ...
Legend has it that the primitive chapel of the Virgin of Tómalos was in the place known as the Humilladero, in the municipality of Zigalares. One day the hermit who looked after the place went into labor, a good woman luckily walked through the place and to find the newborn child naked and shivering from cold entered the chapel and with veneration asked permission to the Virgin to take the tablecloths from the altar to what the Virgin said "Take them". The devotion for the Virgin grew and the chapel became too small so the present basilica was built on top and the Virgin was renamed as Our Lady of Tómalos.
Torrecilla en Cameros can be reached via the N-111 road between Logroño and Soria.
Torrecilla en Cameros has an interurban bus service that covers the Logroño-Montenegro-Logroño and Logroño-Peñaloscintos-Logroño routes from Monday to Saturday. It is also connected daily to Soria and Logroño by the regular bus service that covers the Logroño-Soria-Madrid route.
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