Cuadrilla of Añana

Valdegovía

Lalastra
Lalastra
Tower of the Varonas
Tower of the Varonas
Tower of the Varonas
Tower of the Varonas
Valderejo
Valderejo
Valderejo
Valderejo
Lalastra Tower of the Varonas Tower of the Varonas Valderejo Valderejo
Data:
Surface: 238,5 Km²
Altitude: 552 m.
Population(INE 2008): 1.148 hab.
Towns:
Bachicabo, Barrio, Basabe, Bóveda, Cárcamo, Corro, Espejo, Osma, Fresneda, Guinea, Gurendes-Quejo, Nograro, Pinedo, Quintanilla, Tobillas, Tuesta, Valderejo, Valluerca, Villamaderne, Villanañe, Villanueva de Valdegovía, Lalastra and Valpuesta.
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Inhabited since immemorial times, vestiges of interest have been preserved such as the artificial caves of Cono and Pinedo, the necropolis of Santa Lucía-Santa Olalla in Corro and San Martín de Valparaíso in Villanueva and Los Castros de Lastra in Caranca

Roman times a road existed joining the Astorga-Bordeaux with the Cantabrian Sea through Orduña. Plentiful evidences have been preserved from its important past as towers, palace-houses… Among them the tower of Varona family situated in Villanañe stands out. It was built at the end of the 14th century and it has been recently restored. Its structure as well as the ditch have been maintained till nowadays.Near Villanañe, close to Tumecillo river, we can find the sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de Angosto, placed in a beautiful natural spot full of woods and equipped with spits, benches and tables. Inside, a medieval image of the Virgin is preserved in the middle of a good altarpiece from the 16th century. This is the place for pilgrimages and it is visited by a lot of devotes of the area.

Others preserved towers are those of Luyandos and Hurtado de Mendoza in Espejo from the 16th century, that of Salazar family in Nograro built in the 14th or 15th century. Tuesta is the town that has one of the most emblematic buildings of the town, the parochial church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción of transitional Romanic style

But if nowadays there is a place that we can't fail to visit in Valdegovía, it is the Natural Park of Valderejo, declared as such in 1992. Thick lime walls whose main heights are Recuenco (1.239m) and Vallegrull (1.226 m) surround it. Its vegetation is very varied and we can find mixed woods, beech woods, oak groves, pinewoods and scattered examples of serval and cobnuts. The variety of ecosystems and the scarce human presence have favoured the existence of rich and diverse fauna in which the griffon vulture serving as a symbol of the park stands out. The gorge of the Purón River offers us images of great beauty; its natural steep riverbank serves as natural passage to the valleys of Burgos. Inside the park the village of Lalastra is the one that works as a gateway and where all the services are gathered together.



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