THE TRIANGLE OF ARLANZA: GUIDE TO “FALL IN LOVE” OF THE ARLANZA REGION
To visit the region of Arlanza is to immerse yourself in one of the most charming areas of the north of Castile and Leon and probably the most varied and interesting for the tourist in the province of Burgos for the quantity and variety of plans offered in all areas. From the visit to patrimonial and cultural emblems to gastronomy or wine tourism that are one of the great signs of identity of the region.
THE TRIANGLE OF ARLANZA: COVARRUBIAS, LERMA AND SANTO DOMINGO DE SILOSStart the excursion from Posada de Eufrasio and do not miss anything
THE EXCURSION BEGINS FROM POSADA DE EUFRASIO
A visit to the region of Arlanza always has to include an excursion to its famous “Triangle of Arlaza” composed the three places with more history and more charm of the zone. It is composed of Covarrubias, Lerma and Santo Domingo de Silos.
Usually, the visit to this Triangle of Arlanza usually begins in Covarrubias but from Posada de Eufrasio you can start directly from the Villa de Lerma.
ENJOY EVERY STAGE OF EVERYTHING THAT YOU OFFER THESE PLACESFrom Lerma to Covarrubias passing through Santo Domingo de Silos
BEGIN THE VISIT IN LERMA
Lerma, the village in which we find ourselves, was always a lively town because of its location in a strategic place on the banks of the Arlanza River, so that throughout history it has become a crossroads.
Over the years it changed its appearance and evolved from its Celtiberian origin and saw different cultures passing through its womb. It had a castle and was walled in the middle ages although today only the main door, known as the “Arc de la Cárcel” is preserved, but it was not until the 17th century that this villa acquired its present Baroque style from the Duke Francisco Gómez de Sandoval-Rojas and Borja, valid of the monarch Felipe III.
For lovers of art and history, Lerma is an ideal place to enjoy the beauty of its streets and monuments, which stands out in the ducal palace, currently National Parador.
A walk through Lerma “will take you” to other historical moments perfectly linked and preserved throughout the town.
Usually a walk through its streets will take you from the Plaza Mayor to the Collegiate Church of San Pedro. This route, from the Ducal palace, was done by the kings and the Duke of Lerma through a tunnel, the ducal passage, which can be visited today. During your walk we always recommend visiting other emblems of Lerma such as Santa Clara Square, with the tomb of the famous guerrilla of the War of Independence known as “the Merino priest”. The viewpoint of the Arches, from where you have the best panoramic views of the river Arlanza or the monastery of the Ascension of the Lord, from 1610, the first convent founded in Lerma by the Dukes of Uceda.
SANTO DOMINGO DE SILOS: A UNIQUE VISIT
Usually the visits to the triangle of Arlanza end with the visit to the population of Santo Domingo de Silos but in this case, as we have begun the visit from Lerma, Santo Domingo de Silos becomes the second stage. Without a doubt, the most representative and tourist element of this town is its monastery, an authentic jewel of the Romanesque that will delight lovers of history, spirituality and art.
Its origin dates from the Visigothic period. After being razed by the Arabs, it was Santo Domingo who rebuilt it. Its remains are still preserved a sepulcher excavated in the rock.
Perhaps what most strikes you when you enter is its sensational Romanesque cloister, which dates back to the 11th and 12th centuries, and has beautiful capitals on double columns carved with very varied themes. Its reliefs are famous with representations of the life of Jesus Christ and the remnants of mudejar art.
At present the monastery is run by Benedictine monks who celebrate Masses Gregorian. A part less known but of a beauty and interest that will amaze you is its fantastic library and its pharmacy of the XVIII century, that unites a collection of jars of Talavera and a laboratory with old instruments.
COVARRUBIAS: ART AND HISTORY IN THEIR STREETS
We close the Triangle of Arlanza for what usually is the beginning of this visit, the excursion to the beautiful village of Covarrubias.
As a curiosity, this town founded in the year 978 by Count Garcia Fernandez, owes its name to the reddish caves that abound in the surroundings and its urban area, declared of Cultural Interest.
The tranquility of its streets and the charm of its corners makes of Covarrubias a perfect place to take a walk or family, in couple or with unforgettable friends.
From the moment of arrival you will notice that you are in a very special place where every street and every square has a beautiful corner where to stop to enjoy it. Besides enjoying the charm and tranquility, Covarrubias stands out for cultural and architectural visits.
THE BEST VISITS IN COVARRUBIAS
The Excolegiate of San Cosme and San Damián: The Latin cross plant, with three naves and a cruise ship, welcomes among its walls the pantheons of many illustrious families of the town. Do not miss the main altarpiece and organ.
The Church of St. Thomas: Built in the fifteenth century. Do not miss the Romanesque baptismal font, the 16th century altarpiece and the plateresque staircase.
“El Torreón de Fernán González: Famous for being one of the main defensive elements of the town and a visit of great beauty in the act for those who love Mozarabic architecture.