Cuadrilla of Añana

Ribera Alta

Viloria
Viloria
Drinking fountain Pinto
Drinking fountain Pinto
Artaza
Artaza
Our Wealth
Our Wealth
Tuyo's Roll
Tuyo's Roll
Viloria Drinking fountain Pinto Artaza Our Wealth Tuyo's Roll
Data:
Surface: 119,8 Km²
Altitude: 549 m.
Population(INE 2008): 705 hab.
Towns:
Igaegi, Sagastieta, Melledes, Quintanilla de la Ribera, Ribaguda eta Rivabellosa, , Arbígano, Arreo, , Barrón, Basquiñuelas, Caicedo-Sopeña, Castillo-Sopeña, Escota, Hereña, Lasierra, Leciñana de la Oca, Morillas, Nuvilla, Ormijana, Paúl, Pobes, San Miguel, Subijana-Morillas, Tuyo, Viloria, Villabezana, Villaluenga and Villambrosa.
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The first mentions about the towns belonging to the municipality of Ribera Alta in the Voto de la Reja (codex) of San Millán de La Cogolla go back to the 10th century. Historically speaking it has been a strategic point that dominated the steps of Castile towards the sea on the one hand, through the Bayas that lead to the river Nervión, and on the other hand, from Lacozmonte to the Encartaciones. Its geographical and topographical position on one of the most busy routes to Vitoria, transformed this area into a coveted place in the Middle Ages for the establishment of defensive device, tower-houses and barbicans, mainly, with the aim of surveying and dominating the transit of the roads. An architectonical legate from this historical period informs on its importance.

Pobes, capital of the municipality, is the commercial and meeting centre for the inhabitants of these villages. Its church of the Asunción has a beautiful Romanic portal brought from the disappeared town of Carasta.

In the surroundings of Subijana in the limit of Techa we find the cave of Gobaederra, also called "long grass", in which archaeological remains have been found.

In Barrón we find a three-floored tower built in the 14th and 15th centuries, nowadays it lodges a Rural Tourist accommodation.

Leciñana de Oca preserves its medieval defensive character with various fortified houses placed in the town's walls. The one that belonged to Don Formerio Salazar, situated at the entrance of the town, stands out.

In Anúcita there is suitable patch to rest and enjoy in an open field next to the river and in the surroundings of the church.

In Anúcita there is suitable patch to rest and enjoy in an open field next to the river and in the surroundings of the church.

IIn a mountain range such as the one of Arcamo with lots of trees, with lots of natural hiding places, with plentiful livestock, the presence of the wolf has been usual. The "Barrón Wolf Lair" was built more than 200 years ago to shelter the abundant number of wolves.

The Loberas are big constructions made in the middle of the mountain. They mainly consist of two walls that meet in a fosse, all of it built with not cut stones and normally finished with bigger stones forming eaves to avoid the jumping of the woof. The system to capture the woof consisted in organising big battues and tried to race the animal so that it entered in the mentioned place, forcing it to run until it fell in the fosse.

The bean Bazaar is being celebrated for several years already in the locality of Pobes; and its repercussion is such that thousands of visitors come to this appointment every year (the second Sunday of October). What is is typical there is the exhibition, sale and the tasting of the country products.



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