It is one of the beads of this rosary of small villages located on the Way of Saint James. At the edge of the N-120 road, in the region of Oca. Villambistia is mentioned late in a document dated 1.515. It is one of the fourteen villages that formed the Intendencia de Burgos during the period between 1.785 and 1.833. It was a royal town with a pedáneo mayor. Later it was constituted as a constitutional town hall with the same name in the district of Belorado and within the region of Castilla la Vieja.
In Villambistia the hermitages of Santa Cruz, Santiago, San Martín and San Roque are remembered but only the latter is preserved. It is reached after crossing the small bridge over the Ranaza stream; it was completed with municipal funds in 1712; inside there is a rococo altarpiece from the convent of San Francisco de Belorado. It is located in a small square next to the famous, thanks to tradition, round fountain with four spouts, and the parish church of San Esteban, from the seventeenth century, in its interior retains an interesting picture of San Sebastian Italian school as well as several Renaissance altarpieces. From Villambistia you can also enjoy beautiful landscapes such as the Oca Mountains.
Villambistia celebrates its patron saint fiestas in honour of Our Lady and San Roque on 15 and 16 August.
If they talk to you about the Villambistia Tradition, they are telling you to completely soak your head in the fountain of the village, because this soaking causes an absolute clearing of fatigue in the most difficult moments. It is said that when a pilgrim arrived at the village very tired, an old man of the place, encouraged him to refresh his head in the fountain, doing so, and after that, the rosemary felt how his strength returned. When he arrived at Santiago, he was so surprised by this fact that he commented it among the other pilgrims. In this way this fact has passed from word of mouth to our days.
Although the name is "Villambistianos", its inhabitants are also known by the affectionate nickname of "Cascones".
It is necessary to listen in the silence of the night, because it says the legend that in remote times there was a convent on the hill and when the Muslims attacked Villambistia they destroyed it and buried its bells, and since that day they can be heard ringing.
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Villambistia is close to the N-120 between Logroño and Burgos.
There is a daily regular bus service covering the Logroño-Burgos route with a stop at Villambistia.
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