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Ancient Lead Mines of Jubera, the recent past of the region

In the narrow ravine of the San Martín River, a tributary of the Jubera, natural border between the towns of Jubera and Santa Engracia de Jubera, the ancient lead mines of Jubera await us. The special characteristics of these lands added to the hand of the man have given form to a landscaping set of great beauty, where to be able to put us in the skin of the hardened miners who deepened in the entrails of the mountain. The 3.8 km route starts from Jubera and follows the Route of the Jubera Towns, descending towards the road that brought us to this Riojan locality, in search of the dirt track that leads to the nearby mines. No doubt a few meters before taking the detour and crossing the bridge over the river that allows us to reach Jubera, we will have seen, when arriving at the town with our vehicle, this path and the sign indicating Jubera Mines.

Ancient Lead Mines of Jubera

Ascending through it and without deviating from the main track at any time, we will pass by the hermitage of the Virgen del Prado and, just after, we will walk towards the ravine of the San Martín river. This route allows us to enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the Jubera valley, observed by the castle that defended these lands. Already in the surroundings of the mine we can turn aside and ascend a short stretch towards a hidden mine mouth in the hillside of the mountain. After saying goodbye to this corner, all that remains is to walk the few metres that separate us from the site occupied by the different buildings that formed part of the mining complex, at this point is the oldest tunnel in the mine. The mines of Jubera or Tunnels of the Moors, as they were known, were active from 1945 to 1958, bringing to the region a large number of inhabitants who came not only from nearby towns but also from the rest of Spain.

Miners working in one of the tunnels

Previously, around the year 1785, the first estimates were made which did not give the expected results. It was in 1945 when, after some new tests, it was decided to start with the exploitations. From this main area we can continue to enter the ravine, which gradually narrows, and leaving to our left the trail that climbs the mountain and corresponds to the route of the villages, we descend to the tunnel where is the Fountain of the Moros Tunnels, located in another of the mining areas.

Access to one of the Moros Tunnels

This fountain is actually an aquifer or spring formed by the waters of the San Martín River, filtered in the upper part of the mountain and which, finding the least permeable materials, looks for a way to continue its course, coming out again to the light to rejoin the channel it had left behind. In this place the most adventurous will be able to enter a long and dark gallery that will make them feel like the skin of the hard-working miners. From here we will return following our footsteps to the beautiful town of Jubera.

The Legend

According to the inhabitants of the region, Venturiel was a village that existed in this area, whose inhabitants all died poisoned by the waters they brought to it from the nearby Santa Engracia. Apparently a salamander fell at a great banquet of which the inhabitants of the village were going to eat, dying and thus disappearing Venturiel.

How to get to

From Murillo de río Leza, which can be reached via the LR-259 from Logroño, passing through Villamediana de Iregua or by taking the detour on the N-232 at Agoncillo, take the LR-261 that crosses Ventas Blancas and reaches the access to Jubera. A few metres before reaching the detour that leads to Jubera we will see the path, signposted by a sign indicating the detour that leads to the mines of Jubera. This dirt track would allow us to reach them with our vehicle, but it is advisable to continue until Jubera and leave our vehicle there. The narrowness of the track and its sometimes somewhat muddy state, together with the fact that we would miss part of the panoramic views offered by the route, make it preferable to cover the scarce 4 km that the itinerary has on foot. From Jubera, where at the end of the entrance road to the town we will find a large square to leave our vehicle, this route will return us to the nearby road following the road that led us from him to Jubera, to travel to the mines.

​​Pet area, hiking with my dog

Entertaining and simple route, in which we will be able to verify the courage of our friend when exposing him to tunnels in complete darkness.

The road is the most complicated area, although it doesn't usually support much traffic. We will not have water points except in Jubera, but the short distance of the journey makes this should not be a problem, even so in summer we should not lack the water in our backpack. The source of the tunnels is a torrent of water that can not be accessed, so we should not confuse its name. In the same place it is also possible to descend to the riverbed, which is usually dry, and at this point there is a pond, but with retained water.

At the beginning of the track we will pass next to a recreational property and an agricultural pavilion where scandalous guard dogs will come out to meet us, which are normally inside the fenced enclosure.

Technical data sheet of the route

ico-distancia-totalDistance. 3,8Km

Our starting point will determine the distance to be covered.

ico-tiempo-totalTime. 1:15h

This is the time it will take us to complete the entire route, not counting the time we spend travelling throug:the different areas proposed in the mines. If we dare to climb up to the castle we will have to have about 30 minutes more round trip.

ico-calendarioTime of year

The conditions of luminosity together wit:the meteorological ones, are the ones that should guide us in our decision to visit the mines. A good luminosity is of good help if we lack flashlights or headlamps. The flow of the San Martín river and the rains will also condition the state of the fountain. For the rest the landscape offers us a wide range of colors depending on the time of the year, ranging from white almond trees that are added to the colorful flowers in spring to the ochres and yellows of autumn. The proximity of the mountains makes winter a time wit:its particular beauty, althoug:wit:less certainty as far as time is concerned.

ico-materialRequired equipment

We can not miss a headlamp or a flashlight, the photo camera and in summer the canteen wit:water, in addition to clothing and sports shoes according to the time of year and the weather, is all we need. Consult our list of material and equipment for hiking. Read more.

ico-dificultadDifficulty. Low


Without great difficulties, the short ramps that we will find at the beginning and at the end of the route, allow us to face them calmly and do not suppose great efforts. The short distance of the route allows us to take it wit:the necessary calm and time to face this walk.

Severity of the environment

A comfortable and pleasant track, together wit:some conditioned paths and equipped wit:ropes that serve as a handrail in the steepest areas, make the route a simple walk. We do not have to leave the marked or enclosed areas that guide the visit, as this is still an area where mining work was carried out and the thick undergrowt:can hide some cavity. The short stretc:of road, althoug:without muc:traffic, is still another area to be attentive.


Clearly marked by the white and orange signs that delimit the route of the Route of the Villages of the Jubera, these are the marks that at the beginning and end of the route should not confuse us because if we follow them would lead us along this route, instead of the Fountain of the Tunnels of the Moors or the square of Jubera. In addition, the layout of the track and the road should avoid any possible confusion.

Important places to pass through
1-Jubera 0:00h 655m 0Km 30T 558368 4683436
2-Hermitage of the Virgen del Prado 0:20h 650m 1Km 30T 558112 4684126
3-Lead Mines 0:40h 645m 1.9Km 30T 557639 4684412
4-Hermitage of the Virgen del Prado 1:00h 650m 2.8Km 30T 558112 4684128
5-Jubera 1:15h 655m 3.8Km 30T 558368 4683436

Coordinates UTM Datum WGS84

Profile of the route

Profile of the route Ancient Lead Mines of Jubera

ico-desnivel-acumuladoSlope: 326m

ico-desnivel-positivoSlope +: 163m

ico-desnivel-negativoSlope -: 163m

ico-altitud-maximaMaximum altitude: 655m

ico-altitud-minimaMinimum altitude: 640m

Cartography, maps and tracks

Map of the route of the ancient Jubera Lead Mines

This sketc:of the route is not made to scale nor does it contain all the information relating to the area, it is merely indicative.

Topographic map wit:the route ancient Lead Mines of Jubera


This schematic wit:the pat:is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 242-2 1:25.000".

Senditur has manipulated the tracks to correct the aberrant points that may exist, caused by problems wit:the reception of the GPS signal. In any case the tracks are always approximate. SENDITUR encourages you to use the new technologies within your reach, using them as support and consultation in your activity, not basing the realization and orientation of the same only and exclusively on them, since they may see their functioning altered by very diverse causes, not functioning correctly and their indications may not be precise.

Ancient Lead Mines of Jubera
Excavations in search of ore
Fountain of the Tunnels of the Moors
Hermitage of the Virgen del Prado
Roof opening in the mine
Ruins of the complex of mine buildings
San Martín Ravine
Trail through the ravine
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Created the 21-02-2016

Una ruta muy fácil y muy bonita.

Created the 30-11-2014

Super entretenido y bonito!!!

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